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Preparing Your Home for Sale
Add Housewarming Appeal Your Home's Interior

Experience shows that creating a warm feeling inside your home increases its desirability. View your home with a critical eye. Clean it meticulously, complete minor repairs and add finishing touches. Here's a list of suggestions to get you started.

Doors and Windows
Consider adding a fresh coat of paint to your front door.
Polish brass fixtures and be sure door locks work properly.
Oil hinges to both doors and windows.
Keep stairways tidy and secure handrail.
Repair or replace bent or damaged screens and window glass.
Cut back outdoor plants that restrict natural light.
Keep windows clean and tidy with draperies firmly affixed and in proper working order.

Floors and Carpets
Repair or replace missing or damaged tile, hardwood, vinyl and baseboards.
Steam-clean or shampoo carpets.
Secure loose carpeting and replace damaged areas.
Be conscious of odors caused by dampness, high-traffic areas or pets.

Closets and Storage Areas
Ample storage space increases the desirability of the home.
Keep closets tidy.
Discard any unnecessary items and consider storing those you do not use frequently.

Bedrooms and Living Areas
Keep living areas clean and inviting.
Arrange furniture to allow a spacious atmosphere.
Make beds, arrange couch cushions, dust shelves, vacuum carpets and touchup walls with paint or spackling as necessary.
Wallpaper should be clean and adhere smoothly to the walls.
Finishing touches such as flowers or candles add to the home's appeal.

Kitchens and Bathrooms
Clear counters, drawers and cabinets of unnecessary items.
Clean soap dishes, mirrors, faucets and appliances (inside and out).
Store cleaning supplies and hang freshly washed towels.
Be aware of and eliminate odors caused by dampness and hampers.

Counters and Cabinets
Store infrequently used countertop items to allow a spacious look in the kitchen and bathroom.
Keep drawers and cabinets tidy and organized.

Garage or Workshop
Items should be neatly stored in shelving or wall units.
Allow appropriate space for the home buyer to visualize their vehicle or workbench.
Consider moving excess or oversized items to mini-storage.

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