Preparing Your Home For Sale
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  • 1. 16. Buy higher-intensity light bulbs and put them in every lamp in 1. Keep your lawn well-trimmed the house. They’ll make the rooms andedged. Trim shrubs. Remove all seem warmer and brighter. dead limbs and debris. 17. Brighten things with fresh 2. Plant some extra flowers for paint. It costs very little, and white, color — or just put some pots of off-white, or beige walls make a room flowers beside the front door. look bigger and lighter. They’re also 3. Put away lawn equipment. more likely to go with the new Arrange outdoor items, such as buyer’s furnishings. firewood or outdoor furniture, neatly. 18. Check all closets for neatly 4. Walk your fence line. Repair arranged clothes and as few items as broken areas, and paint or stain spots possible stored on overhead shelves in poor condition. and on floors. 5. Check surfaces such as siding, 19. Leave kitchen countertops window sashes, trim, and shutters. as clear as you can. Arrange the inside Touch-up with paint, or clean. of kitchen cabinets and cupboards in an orderly manner. 6. Make sure the entry light and 20. Clean the oven and all doorbell work. Paint, stain, or clean the door if needed. appliances. Polish the chrome on the sink. Polish the tub, toilet, and 7. Clean out debris in gutters. bathroom sink. Touch up with paint if needed; realign if crooked. 21. Go through the basement, attic, and garage, and organize them 8. Check the roof for shingles so they appear as spacious, neat and or flashing that needs replacing. clean as possible. It’s a great time to 9. Fix broken windows and have a garage sale! screens.Wash them. 22. Launder draperies and 10. Wash driveways and sidewalks. curtains if needed. Patch holes. 23. Shampoo carpets and wax 11. Replace faded house numbers floors. Consider replacing your with shiny new brass ones. carpet if it really looks worn. You People often buy a home based may not recover the costs, but your 12. If needed, repaint or replace on their feelings about it. home may sell faster. the mailbox. If you’re intending to sell your 24. Get out your tool kit: home, it’s important to keep this tighten loose doorknobs, pulls on in mind: Regardless of your drawers and cabinets, towel racks, 13. Arrange the furniture and location and price, if something switch plates, and outlet covers. Fix discard unused items so each room sticking doors and windows, squeaky appears as spacious as possible. about your home ‘feels” wrong, buyers will look elsewhere. doors, loose stair banisters, and the 14. No matter what the season, like. Replace cracked switch plates. consider it spring and do your Get the competitive edge by Repair and clean caulking around ‘spring cleaning’. making sure all areas of your tubs and sinks. Fix leaky faucets; home are shipshape before remove water stains. 15. Clean all your windows and putting it on the market. mirrors so they sparkle.