It’s important not to rush your home onto the market… take some time and make sure that your home is in tip-top shape before any showings… you only get one chance at a first impression – so take your time to make it a great one.

Also, homes that are better prepared prior to going on the market, generally sell faster and for more money.

Here are some suggestions and ideas to improve your home’s appearance and help you prepare to sell it faster.

Throughout the House  Getting my home ready to sell

1. Open the draperies, pull up the shades or better yet, flatten them, and let the most sunlight in that you can.
2. Create a positive mood. Turn on all lights, day or night, and install higher wattage light bulbs to show off your home brightly.
3. Remove clutter from each room to visually enlarge the room.
4. If you have a fireplace, highlight it in your decorating.
5. Keep your home dusted and vacuumed at all times.
6. Replace the carpet if it does not clean up well.
7. Air out your home for one-half hour before showings, weather permitting.
8. Have a family “game plan” to get the home in order quickly if necessary.
9. Lightly spray the house with air freshener so that it has a chance to diffuse before the buyer arrives.
10. Put family photos in storage.
11. Improve traffic flow through every room by removing unnecessary furniture.
12. Create the feeling of a spacious entry area using decorative accents and removing unnecessary furniture.
13. Putty over and paint any nail holes or other mishaps in the walls.
14. Paint all interior walls a neutral color to brighten the home and make it look bigger.
15. Repair or replace any loose or damaged wallpaper.
16. Clean all light bulbs and light fixtures to brighten the home.
17. Wash all windows inside and out.
18. Use plants in transitional areas of your home.
19. Make the most of your attics potential.
20. Remove and/or hide excess extension cords and exposed wires.
21. Open doors to areas you want potential buyers to see such as walk-in closets, pantries, attics, etc.
22. Remove all smoke and pet odors.
23. Repair or replace banister and handrails

In the Kitchen  Getting my home ready to sell

1. Microwave a small dish of vanilla twenty minutes before a showing and place it in an out-of-the-way place.
2. Highlight an eat-in area in your kitchen with a table set for dinner.
3. The kitchen and bathrooms should always be spotlessly clean.
4. Expand your counter space by removing small appliances and de-clutter.

In the Bedrooms
1. Create a master suite effect in your decorating.
2. Depersonalize bedrooms and decorate in a neutral scheme.
3. Make sure that the beds are made and the linens are clean.
4. Organize your closets, remove unnecessary items and put them in storage.

In the Bathrooms

1. Do not leave towels around and wipe down the sinks and shower areas after each use.
2. Re-caulk the tub if the caulk is not sparkling white.
3. Repair or replace broken tiles in the shower/tub.
4. Replace shower curtains and keep them clean.
5. Put out fresh towels and decorative soaps.

Outside

1. Keep the yard mowed and raked at all times.
2. Use flowering plans to dress up the yard, walkway, and patio.
3. Remove all toys, bicycles, tools, unsightly patio furniture, and trash from the yard.   Getting your yard ready for a home sale
4. Porches, steps, verandas, balconies, patios, and other extensions of the house should be kept uncluttered, swept, and in good condition.
5. Paint all entrance doors.
6. Make sure the garage door opens easily. Fix and paint the garage door if necessary.
7. Clean and shine all hardware and accessories indoors and out (door knobs, knockers, lamps, mail box, address numbers, etc.)
8. Trees and shrubs should be trimmed and pruned.
9. Use a new doormat.
10. Be sure the front doorbell is in good working order.
11. Be sure the front door and screen door works perfectly.

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