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Getting Ready To Sell
The [dreaded?] Prep Phase is often the most cumbersome, yet yields the Best Results. Just keep your eye on the Outcome that you are Anticipating, and Forge Ahead!
Curb Appeal - Clean up the debris; Tidy the flower beds and garden areas; Mow the lawn; Paint fence/trim if needed.
De-Clutter - Start by packing and delivering all items that you plan to throw in the garbage, or give-away. You will save yourself a lot of time if you do this first! Then pack up those 5 extra sheet sets; The small appliances tucked away in the back of the cupboard that you seldom use; The clothes you never wear but won't get rid of. You will be so happy that you did this before staging your home!
Remove Excess Furniture - Keep it simple, for example: A sofa, two end tables, a coffee table, a chair or love seat; A bed, two side tables, a dresser; Remove anything that takes up floor space that isn't essential. The more furniture in the room, the smaller the room looks.
Pack Up Personal Pictures - We want potential buyers to be able to "see" themselves in your space which is difficult to do when they see your beautiful memories on the wall.
Repair - For Example: Scuff marks/Holes; Broken light fixtures; Doors and door knobs; Railings; Curtain rods; Blinds; The more you can fix, without breaking the bank, the better the impression for the buyer!
Clean - Start at the top of each room and work your way down: Cobwebs in the corner of the ceiling; dust on the fan blades; dirty light fixture covers (replace bulbs while you're there!); Shelving in the closets/cupboards; The walls; Windows (inside and out if possible); Bathroom fixtures; Kitchen appliances; Counters; Steam clean carpets; Wash the floors.
Do The Smell Test - Strong odors will turn buyers off so it is very important to ensure your home smells clean and fresh!