Preparing Your Home For Sale

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Preparing Your Home For Sale

It is important for a property to make the best possible impression on prospective buyers. The following can interfere with a buyer's appreciation of a property: Exterior

  • Clutter
  • Lawn needs mowing and edging
  • Untrimmed hedges and shrubs
  • Dead and dying plants
  • Grease or oil spots on the driveway
  • Peeling paint
  • Anything that looks old or worn

  • Worn carpets and drapes
  • Soiled windows, kitchen, baths
  • Clutter
  • Pet and smoking odors
  • Peeling paint, smudges or marks on walls
A comparatively small investment in time, money and effort to remove these distractions can lead to stronger offers from buyers.

SHOW OFF YOUR HOME — EVERY TIME! These tips can help your house make the best impression, every time it is previewed by sales professionals or shown to prospective buyers:

  • Remove toys, newspapers, yard tools and other clutter.
  • Tidy up; pick up after pets.
  • Park vehicles in the garage or on the street; leave the driveway clear.
  • Add color with flowers and potted plants.


  • Make beds; clean up dishes; empty wastebaskets.
  • Remove clutter throughout; organize closets and cupboards; put away toys.
  • Set out "show towels" in baths.
  • Freshen the air; potpourri or baked bread aroma; deodorize pet areas; set comfortable temperature.
  • Do quick vacuuming and dusting.
  • Arrange fresh flowers throughout.
  • Fire in fireplace (when appropriate).
  • Turn off television; play soft background music.
  • Open drapes and shades; turn on lights.

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