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How to Prepare Your House for Sale

De-Personalize and De-Clutter

Pack up those personal photographs and family heirlooms. Buyers can't see past personal artifacts, and you don't want them to be distracted. You want buyers to imagine their own photos on the walls, and they can't do that if yours are there! Your moving any so clear as much as possibily off of shelves and walls!  Now imagine what a buyer believes about you if she sees everything organized. It says you probably take good care of the rest of the house as well. This means:
•Alphabetize spice jars.
•Neatly stack dishes.
•Turn coffee cup handles facing the same way.
•Hang shirts together, buttoned and facing the same direction.
•Line up shoes.

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If you want to take window coverings, built-in appliances or fixtures with you, remove them now. If the chandelier in the dining room once belonged to your great grandmother, take it down. If a buyer never sees it, she won't want it. Once you tell a buyer she can't have an item, she will covet it, and it could blow your deal. Pack those items and replace them, if necessary.



Make Minor Repairs and Make the House Sparkle

•Replace cracked floor or counter tiles.
•Patch holes in walls.
•Fix leaky faucets.
•Fix doors that don't close properly and kitchen drawers that jam.
•Consider painting your walls neutral colors, especially if you have grown accustomed to purple or pink walls.
(Don't give buyers any reason to remember your home as "the house with the orange bathroom.")
•Replace burned-out light bulbs.
•If you've considered replacing a worn bedspread, do so now!
•Wash windows inside and out.
•Rent a pressure washer and spray down sidewalks and exterior.
•Clean out cobwebs.
•Re-caulk tubs, showers and sinks.
•Polish chrome faucets and mirrors.
•Clean out the refrigerator.
•Vacuum daily.
•Wax floors.
•Dust furniture, ceiling fan blades and light fixtures.
•Bleach dingy grout.
•Replace worn rugs.
•Hang up fresh towels.
•Bathroom towels look great fastened with ribbon and bows.
•Clean and air out any musty smelling areas. Odors are a no-no.

Check Curb Appeal

If a buyer won't get out of her agent's car because she doesn't like the exterior of your home, you'll never get her inside.
•Keep the sidewalks cleared.
•Mow the lawn.
•Paint faded window trim.
•Plant yellow flowers or group flower pots together. Yellow evokes a buying emotion. Marigolds are inexpensive.
•Trim your bushes.
•Make sure visitors can clearly read your house number.