Prepare Your Home for Sale

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Are you about to put your home on the market for sale?  This can be exciting time as you look towards a new home, and also a stressful time as you prepare your home for sale. Take this advice from the professional real estate agents to ensure top dollar for your home.

Many prospective buyers will judge the interior of your home based on the curb appeal. If there are any deferred maintenance issues, now is the time to address them. Take stock of the condition of your landscaping. Mow the lawn and re-edge the beds. Apply fresh pine straw or pine bark as needed. Trim all shrubbery away from windows, walkways and driveway. Update the mailbox, light fixture and house numbers as needed. Consider adding a large planter or colorful seasonal flowers on the front porch. This will be a nice welcoming touch for potential buyers.

On the interior power-clean all bathrooms and kitchen. Shine the windows on the interior and exterior. Remove excess clutter from table tops and countertops. Steam clean or replace carpeting as necessary. Apply neutral paint colors to bedrooms and living spaces. Address any deferred maintenance issues. Air out your home to eliminate any pet or dander odors. Ensure that all appliances, including the HVAC, have been serviced and are in proper working order. Gather all owners’ manuals for appliances. Remove excess items from closets. Prospective buyers need to see that your home has sufficient storage space.

Prepare a specification sheet on your home. Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and have your specification sheets printed at Vistaprint. Take multiple photos of the interior and exterior of your home and include these on the spec sheet. If you have a sketch of the floor plan, include this on the spec sheet as well.  List the school district, local amenities and neighborhood features on the spec sheet. Prospective buyers often visit many homes and providing as much information on your spec sheet as possible will help your home stand out from the crowd. Best of luck to you!

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