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Preparing Your Home For Sale

Here are a few great tips on creating an atmosphere that will charm buyers and make them want to buy your home. Follow these simple tips to create the competitive edge that may help you sell your home more quickly. Remember that you’ll never get another chance to make a first impression, and first impressions count!

Drive-up Appeal
This is your first chance to make a lasting impression. Keep your yard mowed and edged. Trim trees and shrubs. Clean out flower beds and invest in a few flats of seasonal flowers. Paint the front door and make sure the doorbell is working property. Wash the mailbox and keep the front porch swept and get an attractive mat for people to wipe their feet. Keep children’s toys out of the front yard, off sidewalks and front porch. Make sure the landscaping is in tip-top condition and keep the pool sparkling and free of leaves

Create an Ambiance
Impress the potential homebuyer from the moment they walk through the front door. Most people are turned off by even the smallest odor, so these odors must be eliminated. Start by airing out the house and clean the carpets, if necessary. This will eliminate any odors caused by animals, soiled diapers and/or cigarettes. Put bright light bulbs in every light socket, as potential homebuyers like the home to be bright and cheery. Fresh flowers make the house feel cozy. With fresh paint, clean carpets and a pleasant aroma, potential homebuyers can see themselves living here.

Clean, Clean, Clean
Potential homebuyers look at the way a house is kept. Clean all rooms in the house, making sure everything is spotless. Put away anything that is on the floor. Don’t forget the Garage. Straighten any work benches and clean up any oil stains.

Pay Attention to Detail
Clean ceiling fans, baseboards and trim, blinds, curtains, light fixtures and tile. Clean out below sinks and on top of refrigerators. Polish any visible silver or crystal. Remove any rust or mildew. Make sure all appliances in Kitchen are clean, inside and out. Bathtubs, showers and sinks should be freshly caulked. The grout should be clean and in good condition. Clean any stains and touch-up any paint. Clean out the ashes in the fireplace.

Make Things Sparkle
Wash all windows, inside and out. Keep the floors gleaming. If it has been over a year since the carpets have been shampooed, now is the time to have them cleaned. Bare floors should be moped, waxed or polished. The countertops in the Kitchen and Bathrooms should be sparkling.

Organize and De-Clutter
Clean out closets, cabinets, drawers, shelves and pantries. Closets should look like they have enough room to hold additional items. Don’t have shelves piled to the ceiling. Straighten cabinets and drawers. Make sure rooms are not overcrowded with furniture. Select pieces that look best and store the rest. Organize attic areas and storage areas. Pack or store items that you don’t need right now, such as off-season clothing, collectibles and clutter. If you have limited counter space in the Kitchen or Bathrooms, put away any unnecessary items.

If Something Needs Repaired, Fix It!
There should be no leaks in the faucets or traps. Replace or repair things that have minor problems such as loose knobs, sticky doors, faulty plumbing, broken cabinets doors, cracks in the walls, tiles, etc. Make sure all appliances are in working order.

If your walls are painted in bold colors, think about painting them a more neutral color. Carpet and flooring should be neutral, as well.

For Those Willing to Go the Extra Mile
There are some things that will really add flair to your home. If your home is the least bit dated, changing out wallpaper in the Entry, Kitchen or Bathrooms and replacing outdated fixtures adds desirability. Add fresh paint to interior walls and replace worn carpet where needed—think neutral and stay away from bold colors. New appliances in the Kitchen can be an exciting feature that can actually make the difference in a potential homebuyer choosing your home over another. Obtain a pre-sale home inspection. Correct any items that come back from the inspection. This will save you time and help assure a hassle-free sale.