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2016-09-15 13:18:47
10 Ways to Prep Your Home Before Listing

10 Ways to Prep Before Selling

Start with the Landscaping

Curb appeal is crucial to a good first impression, so make sure your home's lawn is in tip top shape. Mow the lawn, prune the bushes, weed the garden and plant flowers. Remember... this is where seller's see the most return for the money that they put in!

Clean the Outside

A sloppy exterior will make buyers think you've slacked off on interior maintenance as well. Be sure to clean the gutters and clean the homes siding.

Make Repairs That You can Afford.

No matter the market, you want your home to be in the best condition possible to create a sense of urgency and competition among buyers. Take care of major defects like broken windows or a leaky roof that could discourage buyers. You do not want buyers to feel they have extra room to negotiate than they actually do.

Make the Front Door Inviting

A fresh coat of paint, especially in a color that contrasts with the home, will make the front door stand out. Replace faded house numbers so buyers can see them from the curb. 

Lighten and Brighten it Up!

Opening heavy window drapes to let the light in and make sure all lights are in working order. This step can make the world of difference when buyers are seeing your home. Not only does it make your home more warm and inviting, it also makes it appear bigger. 

Remove Clutter and Depersonalize

Buyers want to envision their belongings in your home. Clean up by renting a storage unit for knickknacks, photos, and other personal items. Consider this your first round of packing, so come time of the big move you will have a head start. A little time and money can speed up time on the market and better sales price.

Organize Closets and Drawers

Messy closets give the appearance that your home doesn't have enough storage space.

Make every Surface Shine

From ceiling fans to floors and everything in between, clean your home until it sparkles- especially the master shower stall and kitchen.

Take Color Down a Notch

You might like your lime-green bedroom, but may sour buyers, paint your walls a neutral color that will appeal to a wide range of buyers.

Eliminate Bad Odors

Hide the litter box and spray air neutralizer throughout your home. When showing the home, hill it with inviting smells by putting out fresh flowers or baking a batch of cookies. 



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