Prepare Your Home For An Open House

Have you decided to sell your home?  While this can be an exciting time, with the prospect of a new home on the horizon, it can also be a stressful time. Follow these recommendations from the real estate professional to ensure your home sells in a short period of time for the highest price possible. Roll up your sleeves and get started!

Prepare Your Home For An Open House

One of the most impactful, and often most neglected areas of a home is the curb appeal. Many buyers will judge the interior of a home by the condition of the exterior.  Don’t make the mistake of leaving dollars on the table by not maximizing the exterior value of your home. Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and head to Grainger for all of your lawn and garden needs. Trim all the shrubbery away from walk ways and below windows. Tree branches should be trimmed at least 8 feet above the ground. Power wash driveways and walkways and lay fresh pine straw or pine mulch in flower beds and beds surrounding shrubbery and trees.  Update the mail box, house numbers and porch lighting.  Place a large container of fresh flowers on the front porch to welcome prospective buyers.

Power-clean the interior of your home giving special attention to the bathrooms and kitchen.  Remove all the clutter from tabletops, countertops and floors. Buyers will have difficulty seeing past the clutter and make the assumption the house has inadequate storage.  Shine the windows and steam clean the carpets, hardwood and tile.  Open the windows to rid the house of any lingering pet or cooking odors. Remove all items from closet floors and stairwells. If any rooms have bold colors, apply a fresh coat of neutral paint to lighten the space and appeal to the largest number of prospective buyers.

Finally, plan to board your pets during open house days. Put a fresh bouquet of flowers in the kitchen and consider steaming a pot of water with lemon slices, a cinnamon stick and a dash of vanilla to make your home inviting. Follow any additional recommendations from your real estate agent the day of the open house. Best of luck to you in securing top dollar for your home as quickly as possible.

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