Preparing Your Home for Sale: Small Improvements Make Big Impact

In real estate, a good first impression pays off. Sellers can walk away with thousands of dollars more if they make their home look as good as possible. Appearances may make the difference between selling quickly and waiting months for an offer.

Before showing your home, consider these tips:

· Create curb appeal. Buyers are making a judgment about your house as they pull into the driveway. Hide unsightly hoses and garbage cans, rake leaves, trim the lawn, plant flowers, clean windows, paint the front door, and open the curtains.

· Put your home’s best face forward. A well-maintained house gives buyers confidence that the property is structurally and mechanically sound. Shampoo carpets, clean drapes, replace shower curtains, dust light fixtures, clean kitchen appliances, and change filters. Fix leaky faucets, oil squeaky hinges, tighten loose cabinet knobs, replace burned out light bulbs, patch holes in the walls, and apply touch-up…

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