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Marketing Tips - Preparing Your House for Sale


Clean up the outside

  • Curb appeal is the first impression of your house.

  • Landscape your garden. Plant colorful annuals and replace dying shrubs.

  • Paint or wash the exterior of the house (including window casings, shutters, and doors).

  • Wash the windows inside and out.

  • Clean the gutters and chimney.

  • Repair screen doors and windows to ensure proper operation.

Touch up the interior

  • Put a fresh coat of paint in the most used areas of the home. This will clean as well as brighten up the rooms.

  • Use light neutral colors for the walls – most buyers find this appealing.

  • Wash the walls and woodwork where paint is not appropriate (i.e. wall paper, paneling).

  • Wash all floors and bathroom tiles.

  • Shampoo soiled carpets.

  • Refinish hardwood floors.

  • Get rid of clutter. Clean out your closets, garage, basement and attic. Use self storage if necessary. This displays the full value of the storage space in your home.

  • Clean out bookshelves, excess magazines and newspapers.

  • Replace air filters to help keep the dust down.

  • Use attractive bedspreads and throw pillows.

  • Stage the home using your furniture or with a professional stager.

Bathrooms and Kitchens help sell homes

  • Make bathrooms and kitchens sparkle

  • Invest in new shower curtains and towels

  • Check and repair caulking in bathtubs and showers.

  • Stove, refrigerator and sink should all be spotless.

  • Fix leaking or worn-out faucets. By replacing these items, you will give a new look to the room.

  • Clean under the sinks. If there are any leaks fix them.

Eliminate odors in your home.

  • Clean drapes, upholstery, etc. to remove odors.

  • Keep pet litter and food areas cleaned.


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