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Diane Brady

Sales Associate

My Blog

11/8/2013
  • Prepping Your House for Sale

    Potential buyers get an impression of your home, either positive or negative, within seconds of walking through the front door. Having them see your home in tip-top selling shape is an absolute must.

    There are countless ways to put the freshest face on your home, many of them costing little more than a bit of your time. Here are a few pointers for the most significant impact:

    Outside: The Power of Curb Appeal

    • Clear any clutter and keep lawn decorations to a minimum.
    • Mow your lawn and trim shrubs.
    • Add bushes and/or colorful flowers.
    • Sweep sidewalks, porch and driveway.
    • Remove or update any dated or personalized fixtures.
    • Put all toys, bikes and balls away.
    • Fix damaged gutters, shutters, siding or roof shingles.
    • Add a tasteful welcome mat to the front door.
    • Clean all windows inside and out.

     

    One of the biggest mistakes I see as a real estate agent are sellers who don't leave their house while it's being shown to potential buyers. Your presence can make buyers feel anxious and awkward.


    Any neighborhood information that you can share with your real estate agent can add value to potential buyers. Include information on local events, neighborhood amenities and other factors that define the community.

     
    Inside: Leave No Trace

    Clean everything! Check for cobwebs on ceilings, dust on baseboards – everything.
    De-clutter. Then de-clutter again. Rent a storage locker if you need to. This is very important for increasing your home's appeal.

    • Add a fresh coat of paint to the walls.
    • Remove family photos and excessive wall decorations.
    • Remove personal items, such as DVD collections and trophies.
    • Replace worn carpets, and shampoo carpets that are dirty but still in good shape.
    • Polish wood floors.
    • Add fresh flowers or plants, but don't overdo it.
    • Maximize your home's natural light by opening all blinds and shades.
    • Do a smell check and address any odors.
    • Pet owners: Take dogs or cats with you while your home is being shown.

     

    These easy steps can help prepare your home for a faster sale.  Contact me for more information on preparing your home for sale.

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