DO YOU WANT TO GET TOP MARKET VALUE FOR YOUR HOME?

Prepare Your Home for Showings

With buyers, first impressions count! A small investment in time and money will give your home an edge over other listings in the area when the time comes to show it to a prospective buyer!

Here are a few suggestions to help you get top market value:

The First Impression

  • Clean and tidy entrance
  • Have a functional doorbell
  • Polish door hardware
  • Clean & paint, if necessary, the front door
  • Door hardware should open operating flawlessly

Spic & Span

  • Shampoo carpet
  • Clean washer, dryer and tubs
  • Clean fridge and stove
  • Clean & freshen bathrooms
  • Wash all windows & mirrors
  • Clean heating/cooling vents, giving special attention to cold air returns

The Spacious Look

  • Clean stairs and hallways
  • Store excess furniture
  • Clear counters & stove
  • Make closets neat & tidy
  • Consider removing drapes to brighten home
  • Move items that impede entry or clear sight into any room
  • Identify items that will not be moved to the next home
    & get rid of them now
  • If the interior is painted, replace electrical plates and
    sockets with new ones

General Maintenance

  • Oil squeaky doors
  • Tighten doorknobs
  • Replace light bulbs of fixtures with the maximum wattage allowable
  • Clean and repair windows
  • Touch up chipped paint
  • Repair cracked plaster
  • Repair all dripping faucets & toilets
  • Clean grouting & tub caulking
  • Exterior painting should be done, if required

Curb Appeal

  • Cut lawns
  • Trim shrubs and edge gardens
  • Pick up any litter
  • Repair gutters and eaves
  • Apply fresh mulch
  • Clear walks and drive of leaves
  • Plow drive and salt sidewalks (if applicable)

The Buying Advantage

  • Be absent during showings
  • Turn on all lights
  • Light fireplace
  • Open drapes in the day time
  • Play quiet background music
  • Keep pets outdoors
  • Open blinds & raise shades
  • A special touch: set the dining room table for dinner

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