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Preparing Your Home for Sale

With buyers, first impressions count. A small investment in time and money will give your home an edge over other listings in the area. Here are some suggestions that will help you to get top market value:

The Spacious Look:

  • Clean stairs and halls
  • Store excess furniture
  • Clear counters and stove
  • Make closets neat and tidy

Spic and Span:

  • Shampoo carpets
  • Clean washer, dryer, and tubs
  • Clean furnace
  • Clean fridge, oven and stove
  • Clean and freshen bathrooms

General Maintenance:

  • Oil squeaky doors
  • Tighten doorknobs
  • Replace burned out lights
  • Clean and repair windows
  • Touch up chipped paint
  • Repair cracked plaster
  • Repair leaking taps and toilets

Curb Appeal:

  • Cut lawns
  • Trim shrubs and lawns
  • Pick up any litter
  • Clear walk and driveway of leaves
  • Repair gutters and eaves
  • Touch up exterior paint

The First Impression:

  • Clean and tidy entrance
  • Functional doorbell
  • Polish door hardware

The Buying Atmosphere:

  • Be absent during showings
  • Turn on all lights
  • Light fireplace
  • Open drapes in the day time
  • Play quiet background music
  • Keep pets outdoors