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10 Tips For Preparing Your House For Sale
Give the front of the house a face lift- repaint the house numbers, landscape, replace the light bulbs, take away lawn ornaments, anything cosmetic on the outside to increase curb appeal.
Wash the windows.
Wash any outside surfaces- try a power washer to create a clean, and subsequently appealing, looking home.
De-clutter- whether it is outside, inside, or in the garage, decluttering allows buyers to mentally put their own house together when they walk into yours!
Clean everything- The less mess, the better.
Give each room a purpose- this will help the buyer identify with the house and will stimulate their creative side, getting them excited about your house.
Let the light in.
Fix everything- you know all those little projects you’ve been meaning to get to? Well, now is the time to deal with them! Even something as small as a squeaky door will add some pressure to the buyer, so try fixing things around the house to give them more time to picture themselves in it rather than fixing it.
Fresh paint and new carpet- these are the top two things that will increase sale-ability and your bottom line.
Take away garbage and laundry prior to showing the house.
Highlights: small projects can tend to add up to try tackling one a day or every few days to ensure a smoother selling process. Your agent should help you with a list of specific tasks to complete before showing your house and is also a great resource for finding local contractors.
Julie Baldino is a seasoned veteran of the Pacific Northwest real estate industry, and has consistently been in the top 10% in sales for over a decade in 2 states. In order to accommodate a rapidly ex....
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