|TIPS for Selling
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WEST REAL ESTATE
offers you the following quick and easy
tips to make your home more marketable.
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your house room by room. Make a list
of all walls that need painting,
carpets that need cleaning, fixtures
that need repairing and closets that
need cleaning. Then set to work!
down your kitchen! Remove all
refrigerator art, clean out and wash
down your cabinets, and remove most
kitchen tools and items from your
countertops. Make sure all sinks and
appliances are clean and shiny. Scrub
your oven till it sparkles! And make
sure that the floor is clean and the
kitchen table is clutter-free.
your floor space by moving furniture
against walls. Consider removing some
of your furniture if necessary;
sparsely furnished rooms always
leave with dishes in the sink or
on top of your laundry; never leave
unwashed clothes in the laundry room.
your bathroom shine! Remove all
unnecessary items from countertops,
tubs/showers and commode tops.
Coordinate towels to look their best,
and make sure all fixtures are clean
and shiny. Scrub the tub, and remove
any rust stains from your sink and
the habit of making all beds and
sweeping and vacuuming all floors
your closets look bigger by packing
away all items that can be stored
all loose doorknobs, faucets, cabinet
in a can of paint or repair your
wallpaper before listing your home.
Faded walls and worn woodwork will
reduce the appeal of your house.
your drapes and curtains, and clean
your windows to make your home bright
and cheerful. Dark and dreary rooms
do not appeal to most home-buyers.
all leaky faucets. Dripping water
suggests faulty or worn-out plumbing,
and discolored, rust-stained sinks
are warning signs.
stairways and corridors clear and
free of clutter.
attic, garage and other
utility/storage spaces by removing
junk, cartons and other articles.
Make access to these spaces as easy
certain all light fixtures and bulbs
litterboxes clean at all times.
basement windows of all cobwebs.
sure your house smells as good as it
looks. Use room fresheners and
potpourri to add a fresh clean smell
- but don't overdo! If you smoke,
consider making your home smoke-free
while it is listed.
mow your front lawn, and trim all
landscaping. Keep plants from
blocking windows. Keep planting areas
it's Fall, keep your property as
leaf-free as possible.
it's Winter, shovel and salt all
walkways and entrances regularly;
THIS INCLUDES BASEMENT EXITS.
the walk paths, driveway and decks
during all seasons.
sure that the entrance to your home
is clean and welcoming. Wash down
your front doors and make sure your
your yard of all 'landmines' left by
of all unnecessary yard debris, such
as old wood, tree clippings, and
items that should have been tossed
your gutters and downspouts and
inspect all screens and windows for
your patio/deck look inviting and
ready for warm weather entertaining!
Wash down all patio furnishings and
grills, and remove small items such
as empty flower pots, bikes, bags of
charcoal, toys, etc.
all shutters and external fixtures.
all garbage cans, wood scraps,
building materials, etc. into the
garage or other designated area.
your garage tidy, including your
workbench and tools. Make sure your
garage door opens easily and quietly.
the dog or cat outside. Keep all pets
out of the way and not underfoot. If
your pets must remain indoors, it's
always a good idea to tape a small,
friendly reminder onto your entrance
that holds the lockbox for the
realtor. If you you're planning on
driving around the block while your
house is being shown, consider taking
your pet with you.
taking a drive around the block or at
a minimum step out back. Potential
buyers will feel like an intruder and
want to hurry through if you're
around while they're there.
on all lights in the house.
off your TV, and set your stereo to a
soft FM station when you leave.
your agent show your home; if you're
there when buyers are, let the agent
respond to all questions.
Give us a
call or send us email and we'll be happy
to contact you at your convenience!
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