Preparing Your Home For Sale

Dated: August 11 2015

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When preparing to sell your home, there are some expensive upgrades that will certainly capture a buyers attention -- stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and landscaping are a few that come to mind.  But what if you want to make your house market-ready without breaking the bank? Read on for a few tips:

1.  Declutter.  Chances are, you have way more stuff in your house than you need - use it as an opportunity to do some spring cleaning, no matter the season.  Go through closets and drawers, donate to charity -- heck, you could even sell on ebay and make a buck or two!   Pay close attention to countertops and tables -- where clutter seems to gather, and can really detract from the visual impression of the space.

2.  Paint!  Time to touch up that paint, both outside and inside.  Go for neutral colors that are on-trend, and compliment your d├ęcor.  Outside -- scrap any peeling paint and freshen up the trim.
3.  No time or money for intense landscaping?  Try buying colorful pots for the exterior of your home, and planting flowers to increase curb appeal.  The best part is that you can take those pots with you when you leave.
4.  Clean clean clean.  It goes without saying that nobody wants to think about buying a dirty house.   In addition to frequent dusting and vacuuming, make sure that any pet odor or other smell is eliminated.  Pay special attention to dust that builds up on top of doorframes and ceiling fans. 
5.  Plan for pets. If you have dogs or cats, make sure that they have a safe and private place to hang out during showings and open houses -- and if they are in the house, leave a note so that potential buyers aren't startled.
6.  Use the good towels.  Go to a department store and buy fresh white towels.  They can be the cheapest ones on the rack -- but do not use them -- do not even wash them.  And only hang them on the towel bar (perfectly, of course), before you leave the house for the day, once your home is listed.
7. Make it fresh -- never underestimate the beauty of a fresh bouquet of flowers or bowl of fresh fruit on the center of a table or countertop. 
8. Disassociate and depersonalize - as you're decluttering, remember that this is your HOME but to potential buyers, it is a HOUSE -- potentially THEIR house.  Remove personal pictures and other affects, and try to remember that you're doing this to attract top dollar.  It might feel like you're living in a museum for a while, but the more you do, the closer you get to your NEW home.
9.  Bake some bread or brew the coffee.  Not only is the lingering scent warm and inviting, but nobody ever turns down a plate of cookies or a hot cup of coffee first thing in the morning.  This can also help to cover up any scents that may be lingering from a pet or cooking specialty foods.
10.  Make a mud room-- in the winter, make sure you have adequate rugs and rubber mats by the entryways for people to remove shoes without making a mess.  Place a bench near the main entrance so that your guests can also easily put their shoes back on before heading on their way!

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