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May 10, 2014

Ted Moss: Make your house more marketable

Selling a home can be stressful. However, taking time to properly prepare your home for sale can make the process much easier.

Here are a few tips to consider to make your home more marketable to potential buyers:

First, disassociate yourself from your home. Let go of your emotions, and look at your home as if you were a buyer.

Begin with the outside. First impressions count, so it is crucial that your curb appeal is inviting.

Make sure the lawn is mowed and the shrubs are neatly trimmed. Cut overgrown bushes and tree limbs. Consider planting flowers or grouping flower pots together on the front porch.

Keep the driveway and walks cleared. Walk around the entire house, confirming there are no broken windows as well as no peeling paint on the overhangs and/or window moldings.

Pay specific attention to the front entrance. Does the house welcome you? Ensure the entrance is clean, free from dirt or cobwebs.

Examine the front door; if faded, consider applying a fresh coat of paint for a pop of color. Verify the door knob/handle is functioning properly and looks nice. Check that the storm/screen door is in good repair.

Wash the porch light and replace the bulb, if necessary. Test the doorbell to affirm that it is working.

Confident the exterior is in pristine condition, move to the inside.

As you walk through the door, make certain that visitors will be greeted with a clean, fresh scent. Any hint of an animal and/or a smoker can be a turnoff to some buyers. I have seen many times where buyers walk in, smell a bad odor, turn around and walk out.

Paint the ceilings and walls. New paint adds a sense of cleanliness, plus covers up any imperfections such as scratches and/or nail holes. It is also a very cost-effective improvement.

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