Tips & Tricks

Getting Ready to Sell Your Home

Does your home have curb appeal?

It’s not necessary to shell out a lot of money to boost your home’s marketability. On the outside (curb appeal), it may be as simple as mowing the lawn or moving a car out of the driveway.

Since your home’s exterior is the first thing potential buyers will see, take a hard look at the house from all angles.

  • What’s good about it? How can you make the most of these features?
  • What’s not so good about it? What can you do to correct the problems?

Some suggestions:

  • Overall landscaping – don’t let untrimmed hedges, overgrown grass, or clutter in the front yard detract from your home.
  • Siding – unless there is damage, usually a good washing will spruce up the look of siding.
  • Shutters, screens, windows, and doors have the effect of drawing you into the house. They should be clean, well fitted, and in good repair.
Does your home have open house appeal?

Showings and open houses are part of the marketing plan to sell your home. Follow these tips and your home will always be ready for potential buyers.


  • Pets – your visitors may not like them and strangers in your house may stress your best friend!
  • Safety hazards – extension cords are a common problem.
  • Valuables, fragile items, and cash.
  • Clutter – organize counters and tabletops.


  • Surfaces in the bathroom and kitchen.
  • Walls and windows.
  • Carpeting – and be sure to fix worn spots.


  • Fresh flowers.
  • Low wattage light bulbs for areas you’d like to feel cozy.

Remember, there are two kinds of open houses – public and REALTOR – and it’s important that your house looks great for both!

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