12.10.13

5 Things About… Preparing Your Home for a Showing

There’s a big difference between well-polished and well-maintained, and sometimes it can mean the difference between a sale and a pass. If you’re preparing your home for open houses and showings, there are a few cardinal rules to keep in mind.

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  1. Maximize Curb Appeal: The exterior of your home is the first thing a potential buyer will see. Make sure your lawn is kept cut and edged, while flowerbeds and hedges are trimmed and pruned. In the winter, keep walkways and driveways clean. Also, consider adding a fresh coat of paint to your front door: it’s an inexpensive and quick addition that can make a lasting impact.
  2. Remove Clutter: It’s important that a home feel like, well, a home, so don’t plan to remove everything that makes it feel comfortable. Instead, focus on making sure each room is clean and tidy. However, the sleeker your rooms look, the more spacious your home will feel.
  3. Neutralize: Your bright red den that you’ve always loved may not appeal to in the same way to a buyer. Consider neutralizing strongly colored walls with beige or off-white paint. Again, this is a quick update that can change someone’s entire perception.
  4. Reinvent Project Areas: Do you have a kitchen that you think could use an entire overhaul, or a bathroom that needs a lot of work? Try installing new cabinet knobs and drawer pulls, adding fresh, fancy towels or different curtains: the change can help reinvent the space.
  5. Repair and Replace: If your leaky kitchen faucet has always nagged you, now is the time to replace it. The same goes for broken windowpanes, cracked molding and any damage to walls.

Do you have any other go-to tips for preparing a house for showing? If so, let us know in the comments!

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