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Easy Steps for Preparing Your Home for Sale

exterior of attractive suburban home with concrete driveway and mailbox You’ve been debating about it for a while, and you’ve finally come to the conclusion it’s time to put your home on the market. Whether you’re looking for something smaller, larger, relocating to another area, or simply want to take advantage of the spring selling season, you’ve decided to move ahead and list your property.

You love your home. Of course, you do. And know exactly why it would make a wonderful property for any potential buyer. Ideally, you want others to see it that way, too. Below are several tips that will make your home as appealing as possible to anyone viewing it for the first time.  Before you list your home for sale, follow through with these simple spruce-up ideas for maximum advantage:

Start with the yard and the front of the house.
First impressions count. Make sure the yard is well-maintained, free of dried leaves, twigs, and other debris that might have collected during the winter. Check to see if there are any minor repairs or cosmetic touches that can made inexpensively. Even something as simple as a new “welcome mat”, the addition of dusk-to-dawn lighting to accent a landscape bed, or an attractive new mailbox add fresh charm to your curb appeal.

Get rid of clutter.
Don’t just think about too much furniture in a room, but go through closets, cupboards and pantries, too. Buyers will open these as they tour your home. If they see jammed or overflowing cabinets and storage areas, it gives them a sense the space isn’t large enough. Weed out what you don’t need and toss or donate unwanted items. Store elsewhere if you have to.

Limit personal items.
Everyone loves that photo of Grandpa Joe and Uncle George from last summer’s barbeque, but displaying too many pictures or personal embellishments reminds a buyer the house belongs to someone else. You want the buyer to visualize the property as their home. If that means packing away heirlooms, remember it’s just for a short time until you can return them to a place of honor in your next home.

Clean and paint.
Your house will show best if it’s spotless. Yes, that can sometimes be hard to do with the routine of everyday life, but following the above rules have already given you a head start. As for paint, consider a fresh coat on dingy or oddly-colored rooms.

Limit distractions during showings.
For best results, plan to leave the home when a showing is scheduled. Buyers are often uncomfortable with sellers present and will not always take the time they might otherwise allot to view your home. If you have pets, especially dogs, consider taking your pet for a stroll. Many people afraid of large dogs (however friendly they may be) and will feel intimated with an animal present.

For more information on how you can make your home appealing to buyers, or to find out the value of your property, please contact one of our Brownstone sales associates, who will be more than happy to help you and answer any questions you have.

Candy Ortenzio
Executive Administrator
Brownstone Real Estate Co.