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5 Tips to Prepare Your Home for a Successful Sale

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By Rebecca Chandler

Want to sell your home quickly and for the best price? Making some small improvements can give buyers the best first impression and make a world of difference when selling your home.

Here are 5 tips for getting the best offer sooner.

1. Curb Appeal. The first thing that buyers will see is the outside of your house. Does the outside make them want to see the inside? A well-kept yard, an inviting porch, a clean driveway – all increase the likelihood that buyers will want to see more, so start here. Clean up the lawn and the driveway. Touch up or repaint the exterior. Clean gutters and keep the porches swept and inviting. Showing that the exterior of your home is well-kept will lead buyers to the assumption that the home is well-kept in general.

2. Clean, de-clutter and simplify. Do a deep clean or hire a professional cleaning crew to make sure everything looks its best. Keep carpets vacuumed and beds made. Make the rooms look larger by removing clutter and large furniture. Packed closets and cabinets also lead others to believe there is inadequate storage, so clean those out, too. Make sure to keep all the dishes away, hang clothes neatly in closets, make sure all light bulbs work, and towels in the bathroom and kitchen need to be clean and folded neatly.

Help buyers imagine their own things in your home by storing personal items such as photos and knick-knacks.

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