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Preparing Your Home

Preparing Your Home


With buyers, first impressions count. A small investment in time and money will give your home an edge over other listings in the area when the time comes to show it to a prospective buyer.

Here are some suggestions that will help you get top market value:

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

Spic and Span
Shampoo carpets
Clean washer, dryer, and tubs
Clean furnace
Clean fridge and stove
Clean and freshen bathrooms

The First Impression
Clean and tidy entrance
Functional doorbell
Polish door hardware

Curb Appeal
Cut lawns
Trim shrubs and lawn
Weed and edge gardens
Pick up any litter
Clear walk and driveway of leaves
Repair gutters and eaves
Touch up exterior paint

The Buying Atmosphere
Be absent during showings
Turn on all lights
Light fireplace
Open drapes in the daytime
Play quiet background music
Keep pets outdoors

The Spacious Look
Store excess furniture
Clear counters and stove
Make closets neat and tidy