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Preparing your home for selling

As a homeowner, you can play an important part in the timely sale of your property. When you take the following steps, you'll help your local agent sell your home faster, for the highest possible price. 

Make the Most of that First Impression
A well-manicured lawn, neatly trimmed shrubs and a clutter-free porch welcome prospects. So does a freshly painted - or at least freshly scrubbed - front door and clean windows. If it's autumn, rake the leaves. If it's winter, shovel the walkways and spread salt to melt the ice . First impressions count!   

Invest a Few Hours for Future Dividends
Here's your chance to clean up in real estate. Clean your entire house top to bottom or hire someone to do it for you. If your woodwork is scuffed or the paint is fading or outdated, consider some minor redecoration, in neutral colors of course.  

Check Faucets and Bulbs
Dripping water discolours sinks and suggests faulty or worn-out plumbing. Burned out bulbs leave prospects in the dark. These things suggest neglect in the minds of the buyers 

Don't Shut Out a Sale
If cabinets or closet doors stick in your home, you can be sure they will also stick in a prospect's mind. Don't try to explain away sticky situations when you can easily plane them away. A little effort on your part can smooth the way toward a closing. 

Think Safety
Homeowners learn to live with all kinds of self-set booby traps: roller skates on the stairs, festooned extension cords, slippery throw rugs and low hanging overhead lights. Make your residence as non-perilous as possible for uninitiated visitors. 

Make Room for Space
Remember, potential buyers are looking for more than just comfortable living space. They're looking for storage space, too. You're going to have to pack everything up anyways so why not get a head start?

Consider Your Closets
The better organized a closet, the larger it appears. Now's the time to box up those unwanted clothes and donate them to charity. 

Make Your Bathrooms Shine
Bathrooms sell homes, so let them sparkel. Check and repair damaged or unsightly caulking in the tubs and showers. Bleach out any mould For added allure, display brand new luxury towels, mats and shower curtains. 

Create Dream Bedrooms
Wake up prospects to the cozy comforts of your bedrooms. For a spacious look, get rid of excess furniture. Clean and fresh bedding is   must 

Open up in the Daytime
Let the sun shine in! Pull back your curtains and drapes so prospects can see how bright and cheery your home is.  Don't forget to make sure your blinds are clean.

Lighten up at Night
Turn on the excitement by turning on all your lights - both inside and outside - when showing your home in the evening. Lights add colour and warmth, and make prospects feel welcome.  Some of the newer fluorescent bulbs, while good for the environment, can cast an unflattering light- so be aware.

Avoid Crowd Scenes
Potential buyers often feel like intruders when they enter a home filled with people. Rather than giving your house the attention it deserves, they're likely to hurry through. Try to be out of the house while it's being shown and if you absolutely can't avoid it, stay out of the way.  You may think you're being helpful, but you may be doing yourself more harm than good.  

Watch Your Pets
Dogs and cats are great companions, but not when you're showing your home. Pets have a talent for getting underfoot. So do everybody a favour: Keep Kitty and Spot outside, or at least out of the way. 

Defer to Experience
When prospects want to talk price, terms, or other real estate matters, let them speak to an expert - the agent you hired to handle the sale of your home.  They are trained in exactly what to say to make sure your interests are never compromised. 
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