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Getting your home ready to go on the market

Here's How:

  1. Disassociate Yourself With Your Home.


Pack up those personal photographs and family heirlooms. Buyers can't see past
personal artifacts, and you don't want them to be distracted. You want buyers
to imagine their own photos on the walls, and they can't do that if yours are
there! You don't want to make any buyer ask, "I wonder what kind of
people live in this home?"
You want buyers to say, "I can see myself
living here."

  1. De-Clutter!

    People collect an amazing quantity of junk. Consider this: if you haven't used
    it in over a year, you probably don't need it.

Rearrange Bedroom Closets and Kitchen Cabinets.

Buyers love to snoop and will open closet and cabinet doors. Think of the message
it sends if items fall out! Now imagine what a buyer believes about you if she
sees everything organized. It says you probably take good care of the rest of
the house as well. This means:

Rent a Storage Unit.

Almost every home shows better with less furniture. Remove pieces of furniture
that block or hamper paths and walkways and put them in storage. Since your
bookcases are now empty, store them. Remove extra leaves from your dining room
table to make the room appear larger. Leave just enough furniture in each room
to showcase the room's purpose and plenty of room to move around. You don't
want buyers scratching their heads and saying, "What is this room used

  1. Remove/Replace Favorite Items.

    If you want to take window coverings, built-in appliances or fixtures with you,
    remove them now. If the chandelier in the dining room once belonged to your
    great grandmother, take it down. If a buyer never sees it, she won't want it.
    Once you tell a buyer she can't have an item, she will covet it, and it could
    blow your deal. Pack those items and replace them, if necessary.

  2. Make Minor Repairs.

Make the House Sparkle!


Check Curb Appeal.

If a buyer won't get out of her agent's car because she doesn't like the
exterior of your home, you'll never get her inside.

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