Top 10 Things All Sellers Should Be Doing to Get Their Home Ready to Sell

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  1. Remove all clutter, personal photos, knickknacks and other junk. Cleaning out the clutter just creates so much space, and that’s what people are looking for – space. This will make your home look bigger and younger.
  2. Edit your furniture. If your rooms are crowded, consider putting bigger and less attractive pieces of furniture in storage. This will open up space and make your home look larger. Make sure there is nothing obscuring buyers’ eyes from focal points, such as fireplaces and views.
  3. Clean, clean, clean – then clean some more. Wash the windows, clean the cobwebs out of the corner and scrub the grout in the tile floors. Even though you’re not selling the furniture, clean that as well because it adds to the overall impression you’re trying to give.
  4. Spruce up the outside. Add a new doormat, new house numbers and maybe a new mailbox. Paint the front door.
  5. Refresh your landscape. Clean up flowerbeds, add fresh mulch and plant flowers. Make sure bushes are trimmed and neat.
  6. Paint. In some cases, you’d be wise to paint the entire house inside and out. In other cases, touching up and painting the trim might be enough. Paint over your kids’ purple walls with a neutral color. If your kitchen cabinets look old and dated, paint those. You can never go wrong with white, cream or brown, but you should pick a color that matches the rest of the kitchen decor.
  7. Clean or replace light fixtures and cabinet hardware. This isn’t a really expensive update, but it really makes a difference in how the home is presented.
  8. Don’t forget the small stuff. Pay attention to details. Specifically, new, matching towel sets in the bathroom, accent pillows on the couch and fresh flowers can be welcoming elements to a homebuyer.
  9. If you can afford it, replace old carpeting. If your home has hardwood floors underneath, that’s even better. Ideally, you should refinish wood floors but even just exposing them is good, too.
  10. Make sure each room has a defined purpose. If you’ve turned your dining room into an office, return it to dining room status. Putting up tent cards that say “Dining Room or Office” to point out alternative uses for the space. That would also work in a bedroom you’re using as an office.

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