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My experiences have proven that taking time to prepare your home for sale makes for a shorter market time, with fast and very satisfying results.

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Preparing Your Home

  • Remove all clutter from yard
  • Cut and edge grass
  • Trim all hedges and weed all gardens
  • Paint, fix or wash railings, steps, windows, screens and front door
  • Repeat with side and/or back doors
  • Clean rain gutters
  • Straighten garage
  • Paint or wash garage doors and windows
  • Repair all leaks and dripping faucets
  • Replace all burned out light bulbs
  • Repair faulty light switches
  • Remove all inside clutter
  • Oil hinges, tighten door knobs
  • Give home an overall cleaning

Prior to Showing Buyers

  • Turn on all inside lights, even during the daylight hours
  • During evening, turn on outside lights
  • Turn on soft music
  • If possible, have house smelling good ... cinnamon on stove, etc
  • Keep pets in separate area, change litter box often
  • Keep valuables, money, etc., in safe place and out of sight
  • Keep shades and draperies open
  • Open all doors inside the home, except closets
  • Light a fire in fireplace in the fall and winter months whenever possible

When Showing Your Home

  • Buyers are more comfortable previewing your home if they feel unobtrusive, and will spend more time if you are not in your home
  • If you are unable to leave your home, group children around the television with low volume, or have them play in a specifically designated area
  • Do not precede or follow prospective buyers through your home - let your sales associate show and sell