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One of the things we ask your help on is putting the home in "showing" condition. Remember, you never get a second chance to make a good first impression. Listed below are some simple ways to display your home to assure a sale.

1.  You never get a second chance to make a good first impression. Start with your lawn - the first thing that prospective buyers see, fertilize if needed, and always keep your lawn trimmed and edged. During winter, keep snow and ice removed from sidewalks and steps.

2.  The front door welcomes the prospect so always make sure that it is clean and even painted if needed. A seasonal door decoration adds a warm, inviting touch. Fresh flowerpots are wonderful spring thru fall.

3. Decorating helps assure top dollar and a quick sale. Faded walls and worn and scratched woodwork reduce appeal. A little liquid cleaner can work wonders on scratched and dry looking woodwork, paneling and kitchen cabinets.

4.  Clean windows highlight your walls and ceilings and let more light into your rooms. Keep them sparkling while your home is being shown.

5. A clean kitchen is a must. Many buyers judge the housekeeping by the oven and stove. Use your favorite oven cleaner until the oven shines. Clean the interior of your dishwasher removing stains, especially on the interior of the door. Counter tops should be clean and free of clutter.

6.  Sparkling bathrooms help sell homes, so repair caulking in bathtubs and showers. Shower doors, ceramic tile and grouting should be cleaned and free of soap film. Fixtures should be polished and free of watermarks. 1f there is a window in your bathroom, open it and let fresh air in.

7.  Show the bright side of your home by opening draperies and curtains. Turn lights on where necessary. Let prospective buyers see how cheerful your home can be.

8.  Repairs are required if closet doors are off their tracks, door knobs are loose, screen doors don''t close, faucets are dripping or floor or ceiling molding is cracked. Minor flaws in your home suggest neglect to the prospect. Have them fixed so we can get top dollar for your home.

9.  Display the full value of your basement, garage and other utility space by removing all unnecessary articles. Dark dull walls are easily brightened with a coat of paint. if the basement or crawl space has a damp smell, place a bag of limestone in the damp area and use a dehumidifier.

10.  Check major appliances. Change the filter on the furnace. A little oil corrects noisy attic or appliance fans. Be sure to clean the exterior of the water heater, furnace and other appliances that will be seen by prospective buyers.

11.  Make closets look larger by removing or packing items that can be stored elsewhere. Neat, well-organized closets show that there is ample space.

12.  Avoid cluttered appearances by removing excess furniture and other items that you seldom use. Keep newspapers, toys and other articles picked-up.

13.  Stay in the background when a prospective buyer is looking at your home. Too many people present during a home inspection may make the buyer feel like an intruder and want to hurry through your house. Let the sales agent emphasize the virtues of your home and talk freely with the buyer about their needs and desires.

 14.  Put Fido in the back yard. While a dog is "man''s best friend", this is not the case when showing your home, Keep all of your pets out of the way and not under foot. Many people are allergic to animals or are afraid of them

15.  Go ahead and use the sales agent. If someone without a Realtor asks to see your home, explain that it''s not ready for showing at the moment. Take their name and telephone number, and explain that you will put them in touch with your sales agent. Your safety will be guarded and your agent can nurture their interests if they are qualified.

 

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