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When preparing your house, ask yourself what needs to do to make your house looks like someone else's dream house. Houses in move-in condition tend to be inviting to buyers. Houses that are like new typically sell the fastest and procure the best price. So ask your realty agent what you can do to prepare for the home selling and you will note that these are many of the items you should have done to prepare your home for sale. 

Remember, do everything you can to clean and brighten the house. Try to make everything spotlessly clean. In the event that you feel a project of this magnitude is better left to a professional, ask your real estate agent to recommend a cleaning service. Don't do quick cheap repairs. You may raise questions that will unfairly cause great concern to buyers and inspectors.  
If the house is vacant, make sure that all utilities are turned on, including water, electric, water heater, furnace, air conditioning and breaks in the main panel. Always maintain a comfortable temperature inside the house, even if you are away for an extended period of time.
Here are a few things to consider and help you prepare for the home. Many of these items can be done with little or no cost and many are regular maintenance items for a home.

1. Trees, shrubs, roots, roof, siding, chimney, lawn, rake leaves, plants.
2. Sump pump, downspouts, condensation drains, grade or mulch.
3. Tools, hoses, garbage cans, toys, and building materials.
4. Mortar joints in brick or block and the gutters and downspouts.
5. All windows and torn screens.
6. All weathered exterior wood and caulk around the trim, chimney, windows and doors.
7. Asphalt driveway, broken steps and walkways.
8. Mailbox and post.
9. Front yard and landscape.

1. Carpet.
2. Cracks and nail holes in the walls, and repaint walls in neutral colors, such as white or ivory.
3. Creaking boards, stair treads, sticking or squeaking doors.
4. Curtains.
5. Flowers.
6. Furniture.
7. Decorative items.
8. Plumbing fixtures (toilet, tub, shower, and sinks) in kitchen and baths.
9. Bath vents.
10. Counters, appliances and fixtures.
11. Floors, walls, tubs and showers.
12. Sliding doors and drawers.
13. Washer, dryer and water heater.
14. Wallpaper, blinds, and window seals.
15. Paints, solvents, gas, and similar materials from crawl space, basement, attic, porch, and so forth.
16. Stair railings and  woodwork.
17. Windowpanes and light fixtures.
18. Smoke detectors.
19. Chimney, fireplace or wood stove.
20. Light bulbs in the foyer and throughout the house.

If you are ready to sell your house and looking for a top agent, please contact Nicole who can give you expert suggestions and provide you with great selling services.



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