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Preparing your House for Sale (Part 2 of 2)

Posted: March 04, 2020 by Shelly Peterson

In part 1 we discussed the first three steps (with a detailed list) to getting ready to market your home for sale. Part 2 focuses on some steps that are easily forgotten in the rush to sell...

4. Maximize Curb Appeal


·         Paint the home's exterior, including trim, doors and shutters.

·         Check front door, doorbell, address number and welcome mat.

·         Power wash the siding and windows.

·         Inspect the roof and gutters.

·         Repair cracks in the driveway and sidewalks.

·         Sweep the entryway and walkways.

·         Mow, water and fertilize the lawn.

·         Trim shrubs and trees and rake the leaves.

·         Plant colorful flowers and shrubs.

·         Store any toys or equipment lying on the yard.

·         Clean up pet droppings.


5. Appeal to the Senses


·         Install higher wattage incandescent light bulbs to brighten rooms.

·         Open windows to let in fresh air.

·         Open curtains or blinds to let in natural light and show off views.

·         Turn off TVs.

·         Relocate pets on the day of showings.

·         Refrain from smoking in the home.


6. Show Off Your Home's Best Features


·         Pull back drapes to showcase nice views.

·         Stage the front porch or deck with furniture and potted plants.

·         Make sure fireplaces are in working condition.

·         Clean the backyard and pool area.

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