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2.  Consider your curb appeal


Make sure the first thing prospective buyers see of your home entices them to want to see more. Yes, for better or worse, buyers do tend to judge a book by its cover. By investing some effort in relatively easy fixes like planting colorful flowers and repainting your front door, the outside of your house can beckon them to come on in.


3. Declutter living areas


Do a clean sweep of counters, windowsills, tables, and all other visible areas, and then tackle behind closed doors: closets, drawers, and cupboards—since virtually nothing is off-limits for curious buyers. And if the house is overflowing with stuff, they might worry that the house won’t have ample space for their own belongings.


Take the excess and donate or pack it up for a storage space. The bonus to taking care of this now is that it’s one less chore you’ll have to do when it’s actually time to move.


4. Depersonalize your space


The next step on your declutter list? You want to remove any distractions so the buyers can visualize themselves and their family living in the property.  This includes personal items and family photos, as well as bold artwork and furniture that might make your home less appealing to the general public. The goal is to create a blank canvas on which house hunters can project their own visions of living there, and loving it.


5. Repaint walls to neutral tones


Some colors can turn potential buyers off.  Painting is fairly easy, but many buyers can't envision what the home will look like if a color is very distracting. 


6. Touch up any scuff marks


Even if you’re not doing a full-on repainting project, pay special attention to scrubbing and then touching up baseboards, walls, and doors to make the house sparkle and look cared-for.


7. Fix any loose handles, faucets, doors


A small thing, sure, but you’d be surprised by the negative effect a loose handle or missing lightbulb can have on a buyer.  Please, whatever you do, make certain the front door lock works well and that the door isn't difficult to open.  First impressions do matter.  


8. Add some plants


Green is good, because plants create a more welcoming environment. You might also want to consider a bouquet of flowers or bowl of fruit on the kitchen counter or dining table.


9. Conduct a smell test


Foul odors, even slight ones, can be a deal breaker, and the problem is that you might not even notice them. He recommends inviting an unbiased third party in to try to detect any pet smells or lingering odors from your kitchen.


If the smells are pervasive, you might need to do some deep cleaning, because many buyers are on to your “masking techniques” such as candles or plug-in room deodorizers.


10. Clean, clean, clean


And then clean some more. You want your property to look spotless. Take special care with the bathroom, making sure the tile, counters, shower, and floors shine.


11. Hide valuables


From art to jewelry, make sure that your treasures are out of sight, either locked up or stored offsite.


12. Consider staging


Got an old couch from college? Nothing invigorates a house like some new furnishings or even just a perfectly chosen mirror. The key is getting your home staged by a professional. Home stagers will evaluate the current condition and belongings in your house and determine what elements might raise the bar. They might recommend you buy or rent some items, or they might just reorganize your knickknacks and bookshelves in a whole new (that is, better) way.

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