You live in a house differently when it’s on the market. You must be ready for guests at a moment’s notice. Look at your house “through the buyer’s eyes.” Any time or money spent on clean-up and repairs will return to you in a better selling price.
SECOND IMPRESSIONS ALSO COUNT!
TAKE CARE OF HOME IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS
Fresh paint where necessary.
Clean carpets or drapes if they need it.
Wash dirty windows.
Repair loose doorknobs, leaky faucets, or cracked molding.
DE-CLUTTER THROUGHOUT THE HOUSE
Make closets seem bigger by removing items that can be stored elsewhere.
Keep decorative items in small groups of 3-5 items.
Pack it up and store it. You are moving soon anyway!
A CLEAN KITCHEN IS VERY IMPORTANT
Keep appliances clean.
Clear the refrigerator of pictures, messages, etc.
Put away rarely-used items from countertops.
SPARKLING BATHROOMS SELL HOMES!
Remove unneeded items from countertops, tubs, shower stalls, commode tops.
Group regularly used cosmetics, brushes, etc. in one small area.
Coordinate towels, floor rugs, etc.
REARRANGE OR REMOVE SOME OF THE FURNITURE, IF NECESSARY
Sparsely furnished rooms appear larger.
Keep decorative objects in small groups of 3-5 items.
REMOVE HALF OF THE ITEMS ON THE WALLS
Patch and paint where needed.
Open the drapes or blinds.
Leave lights on during showings.
Keep soft background music playing.
Source: Howard Hanna/William E Wood Home Seller’s Guide
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