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Preparing to Sell Your Home

Preparing your home to go on the market may seem like a huge undertaking, but it really doesn’t have to be. With this handy checklist you’ll be ready in no time. While these steps are very important, the most important step you will take when selling your home is hiring the right real estate agent for your needs. At Real Estate by Design our team is comprised of the top selling agents in your area. Call us today at 940-765-4705  for a free home valuation.

Clean and Declutter

  • Thoroughly clean the entire home.
  • Scrub tile in the kitchen and bathrooms.
  • Clean hardwood floors.
  • Steam clean carpets.
  • Get rid of all dust.
  • Repair cracks and holes in the walls.
  • Paint interior walls with neutral colors. Kiln Beige by Sherwin Williams is a builder favorite.
  • Rearrange furniture to maximize space.
  • Organize room closets and store out-of-season clothes.
  • Remove all small appliances, toys, and magazines.
  • Remove family photos and  personal collections.
  • Secure valuable items, including cash and jewelry.
Curb Appeal

  • Consider investing in a new welcome mat.
  • Paint your front door a color that really pops! For ideas visit Pinterest.
  • Wash windows.
  • Sweep the entryway and walkways.
  • Mow, water and fertilize the lawn.
  • Pull weeds out of flower beds and add mulch if necessary.
  • Trim shrubs and trees and rake the leaves.
  • Plant colorful flowers and shrubs.
  • Clean up pet droppings.
  • Clean the gutters and downspouts.
Pay Attention to Kitchens and Bathrooms.

  • Clear the countertops.
  • Clean appliances and fixtures.
  • Clean and organize the pantry, cabinets and drawers.
  • Replace old caulking around sinks and bathtubs.
  • Remove stains from sinks, toilets and bathtubs.
  • Keep all toilet seat lids closed.
  • Hang fresh towels and purchase fresh smelling pump soap for bathrooms.
Appeal to the Senses

  • Bake cookies or burn scented candles.
  • Leave a fruit or vegetable tray at your open house for your real estate agent to offer to potential buyers.
  • Install higher wattage incandescent light bulbs to brighten rooms.
  • Turn on all the lights.
  • Weather permitting, open windows to let in fresh air.
  • Open curtains or blinds to let in natural light.
  • Turn off TVs.
  • Consider taking your pets out on the town on the day of the open house.
Show Off Your Home’s Best Features

  • Remove rugs to show off hardwood floors.
  • Pull back curtains to showcase nice views.
  • Stage the front porch or deck with furniture and potted plants.
  • Clean the backyard and pool area.

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