Monday, April 03, 2006

Preparing Your Home to Sell

Make it Sparkle!
There's change in the air and you can no longer count on throwing your home on the market and having it sell immediately! Some preparation is in order. Even if you can't afford to do more expensive recommended fix ups, you can probably afford a little elbow grease:
  • Paint is inexpensive when you do it yourself. Give the interior of your home a fresh coat of neutral paint.
  • Make that kitchen shine! Wipe down cabinets, scrub the grout lines, and don't forget the baseboards and floors.
  • Bathrooms are important to buyers, scrub, scrub, scrub. If you have moldy caulking, remove the old caulk and re-caulk for a fresh look.
  • Don't forget the windows! Clean them, including the tracks, sills, and screens. If they have blinds, shutters, or drapes, make sure those are cleaned as well.
  • Get the buyers to stop with curb appeal. Manicure that lawn, pull the weeds, and trim the hedges. Paint the trim and front door if needed. The front entry should be clean and welcoming.

None of these items are expensive, they just take a little time. But, the time you spend on these items will save you days, even weeks of waiting for your home to sell!

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