Top 10 List Before You List!

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Top 10 List: Things to Do Before Listing Your Property for Sale

10. Before you put your house on the market, even if you think it is in pristine
condition, contact a real-estate agent to walk through it. The agent may have
suggestions for repairs, staging tips and small improvements that could help
you sell your house.

9. Maintain exterior of your home . First impression really counts! Cut your
lawn, refresh your garden and shrubs. Keep the lawn watered and plant some
seasonal flowers. Put a new  WELCOME mat in front of your front door and
make sure the door is freshly painted.

8. If you have a beautiful perennial garden or an herb garden that keeps
coming back each spring, shoot up a roll of film and put the pictures in
an album for prospective buyers to look at. In the winter, people may
have a hard time visualizing what the yard and garden will look like
during the growing season. Pictures SAY a THOUSAND words!

7. Touch up the exterior paint if it’s starting to flake or peel.  Clean your gutters.

6. Have the chimney checked and cleaned.  Service your furnace and change
your filters.

5. Evaluate what your house looks like as you step in through the door. Does it look
crowded or cluttered? Does it look like nobody lives there? Can people see past the
“YOU” in the room and see the room itself?  Clean out closets, take things off kitchen
countertops you’re not
using, have dining room and breakfast area tidy and clean. 

4. Clean every room in the house thoroughly and get rid of the clutter and excess
furniture. Have the carpets and draperies professionally cleaned. Put things in
a storage locker if you have a lot of stuff. You’ll make the rooms look bigger and
brighter. It will look inviting!

3. Make small fixes: touch up interior paint, or install new panels on the electrical
switches. Fix drippy faucets, and update the knobs and handles on the kitchen
cabinets. If a room really needs it, give it a new coat of paint in a neutral color.
Have broken or cracked windows repaired or replaced. Wash the windows inside
and out. Look at it as if you’re buying it!

2. Clean the mildew out of your shower and touch up the grout. Clean off
countertops in your bathroom and make sure it smells fresh.

1. Line up a professional cleaning service to come in while your house is
on the market so you are always ready for short-notice calls seeking to
set up viewings.

For more information e-mail us at
Dagmar Sands – Real Estate International, Inc.
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