1. De-clutter – Clutter makes a house look crowded and small. Remove excess knick-knacks and furniture so the rooms feel open and spacious.
2. Clean – Invest in a professional cleaning that includes baseboards, window sills, and ceiling fans. Buyers pay attention to the details and love to see fresh vacuum tracks on the carpet. Clean scents are important, but you don’t want a heavy artificial odor like some Plug-in products have. I recommend using environmentally safe, non-toxic products that clean well and leave a fresh scent.
3. Groom the Lawn – Attractive curb appeal is an absolute must. I have pulled up to a house with buyers who wouldn’t even go inside because the lawn was in such bad shape. The lawn is the first impression buyers have of your house. If the lawn is not well-maintained, their perception is that the house has not been well-maintained either.
Taking care of these three items will get you off to a good start as you prepare to put your house on the market. At that point, you need to get it “show ready” to have the biggest impact on potential buyers.
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