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Originally posted on: November 21, 2016
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Get My Home Ready To Sell

Houses in move-in condition typically sell the fastest and get the best price. If there are 2 main factors that Buyers consistently point to as negatives they are smoking and pets.  If you want to know exactly how to eliminate smoke or pet odour contact me!

If nothing else do the following in order. 

Rule 1: Declutter; clean every surface walls, ceilings, appliances with a mild household cleaner. 

Rule 2: Clear anything off of every surface including, top of kitchen cabinets, coffee table, book shelves and buffets. 

Rule 3: A maximum of three to five pieces of furniture in any room! 

Rule 4: Paint is the least expensive and easiest improvement!

Curb Appeal

Remember the 60-second rule: it’s been updated and is now the 2 second rule - that's all the time you have to create a good first impression on the internet! Mow the lawn, rake leaves, trim trees and shrubs that keep light out of the house and remove dead plants. Pick up tools, garbage cans, hoses, toys, and building materials and store them neatly in a storage area. Replace broken or missing roof shingles and straighten and clean the gutters and downspouts. Clean all windows and fix torn screens. Painting your house helps improve curb appeal more than any other fix-up! If you decide against painting the entire house, consider painting the front door, window frames and shutters. Paint or replace your mailbox and post. Dress up the front yard with some simple landscaping.

Declutter

Step back for a moment and look at your home as if you were seeing it for the first time. Every room should be spotlessly clean, dusted and uncluttered. Steam clean the carpets, wash the walls, windows and light fixtures. Tighten every screw you can reach - loose stair railings will be noticed - and clean all woodwork. In the event that you feel a project of this magnitude is better left to a professional, ask me to recommend a cleaning service or handyman.

Entryway

Use bright light bulbs in the foyer and throughout the house. Fill the house with a pleasant vanilla aroma from a scented reed wick.  Don’t overdo this with plug in air fresheners or you will not only defeat your purpose but raise suspicions as to what you are hiding! 

Living Room

Replace the carpet if it's worn. You may find that you will more than recoup that cost when the home sells. Patch cracks and nail holes in the walls, and repaint walls in neutral colors, such as white or ivory. Nail down creaking boards and stair treads. Lubricate any sticking or squeaking doors. Open all curtains, and replace them if they are getting old. Add lamps and lighting if the house is dark. Set out fresh flowers.

Furniture

Rearrange or remove furniture to make your rooms look more spacious. Too much furniture and too many knick-knacks make rooms look cluttered and small. One or two decorative items per surface are plenty.

Kitchen and Baths

These rooms should sparkle! Clear off counters, and clean all appliances and fixtures. Scrub the floors and walls. Re-caulk tubs and showers. Clean these rooms thoroughly, and be sure they smell fresh (subtly).

Organize shelves

Take those things to Goodwill that you'll have to discard anyway when you move. Organize shelves and straighten shoes. Be sure that sliding doors operate smoothly and knobs on drawers are secure.

Utility Room

Dust and wash the washer, dryer, furnace and water heater.

Light and Bright

Do everything you can to brighten the interior. Replace wallpaper with white or neutral paint, and repaint shabby or dark walls. Open the blinds, and replace broken windows and window seals. Always maintain a comfortable temperature inside the house, even if you are away for an extended period of time.

 

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