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Tips for Selling your Home

Selling a house can be a big bother. You have to tidy and clean. You have to take the dogs somewhere so they don’t bite clients. And you have to get lost during showings and pen houses. We wanted top give you a few simple upgrades and such that you can do to your house to help make it more presentable…. and more interesting to modern buyers. Of course, you can also add some granite!

1) When you clean out the house, don’t just stuff it all in the garage. Clean the garage, too.

2) If you have dented or painted door knobs, change them out. It will make a world of difference. And make sure they close securely and easily.

3) Add modern power outlets and switches to your electrical boxes. Large toggle switches are very appealing for lights, and newer power outlets include USB charging stations. Now that is HIP!

4) Yank down the old wallpaper. Paint. Repeat as necessary.

5) If and when (and you WILL) repaint, use paints and adhesives with low or no VOCs.

6) Check for bad smells. If you have to, go out to the store or someplace else for a while to cleans your nasal palette. Then smell. You may need some more baking soda. If you have pets, you WILL have a smell. Make sure you take that cat box outside.

7) Get rid of the flotsam and jetsam. Old magazines- gone. Half a deck of cards- out! If you haven’t touched in in six months or a year, chances are you won’t miss it.

8) Think lighting, light and space. Open things up. Let the sun shine in. If you are painting, paint the ceiling white- it helps reflect more of the natural light and makes the rooms look bigger.

9) Accent with bold colors. Don’t be afraid. It draws the eye.

10) New bed covers- even cheapo ones- may look better than what you have now. Do it. And fluff those pillows.

11) Invest in a storage system for your closet.

12) Declutter again.

13) Do something to make your house memorable… let it stick out (in a good way). Those brightly colored throw pillows again, I think.

14) Don’t neglect the outside- they do call it curb appeal for a reason. Mow more often than normal, and maybe a little lower. Clean up leaves and make sure the house looks great on the outside. And make sure none of the bulbs are burnt out.

15) The most important room in the house is your kitchen, so spend some extra time there. Make it bright and shiny. Take EVERYTHING off the counters, declutter the shelves, and get rid of the junk drawer. Make it look like House Beautiful! And straighten up beneath the sink (and throw those old cleaner bottles with nothing in them away.)

16) Hopefully you can get by with just cleaning your carpets. If you must replace them, do so with something inexpensive in a fairly neutral color.

17) Make sure all the doors and windows open smoothly and easily. WD-40 is your friend.

18) Remember when you decluttered? Do it again… with your furniture. You may be comfortable with it, but too much to give the illusion of space that a home buyer would like to see.

19)If you have a cute little plaque or shingle with your family name on it, remove it. Even if it is just on the mailbox. You can always put it up again once you move. Get a new plush door mat, too.

20) Make sure you are priced reasonably. Take your emotion out of it. If you start too high, you may be shooting yourself in the foot.

Sop there you go, some tips that maybe you had not thought of. Good luck!