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It’s important to make people feel warm, welcome and safe as they approach the house. Make sure the front walk and porch are clean and swept. The yard must be maintained. When a buyer enters the house, even the sense of smell is important. Try baking a batch of cookies right before a showing. Buyers will feel the sense of home and enjoy the cookies you set out for them.
Declutter - Have a yard sale
Get rid of all the clutter in the house. Clean out basements and garages. Buyers need to see they can park their cars in the garage. If you do not want to get rid of things then rent a storage space to store these items until you sell.
Ample storage space
Storage is something every buyer is looking for and can never have enough of. Cleaning out half of all closets and neatly organize what is left. Buyers will snoop, so be sure to keep all your closets and cabinets clean and tidy.
If it is broke then fix it. Replace door handles, cabinet hardware, leaky faucets or anything that can be noticed by potential buyers. Make sure doors open and close properly, toilets don't run and everything is in good working order.
Light it up
Maximize the light in your home. Good light is the one thing that every buyer wants in a new home. Clean the windows, increase the wattage of your light bulbs and open curtains, blinds and shutters.
De-Personalize the house
One of the most important things to do when selling your house is to de-personalize it. The more personal items in your house, the less potential buyers can imagine themselves living there. Tuck away family photos and momentos.
Put Fido away
You might think a cuddly dog would warm the hearts of potential buyers, but not everyone is a dog or cat lover. Hide litter boxes and pet food bowls. For showings make sure all pets are kept out of the way or in cages.
Staging is an important part in the showing process. Take the time to organize furniture to maximize the space of each room. Set the dining room table with place settings and have plants or fresh flowers on display.
Always be ready to show
Your house needs to be “show-ready” at all times. You never know when your buyer is going to walk through the door. Don’t leave dishes in the sink, make the beds, touchup the bathrooms and make sure there are no dust bunnies in the corners. It’s a little inconvenient, but it will get your house sold.
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