Things to do before you list your home

    Are you thinking about selling your home? We all would love to sell our home over the list price, but what do you need to do before you even list your home?

    Exterior and Curb Appeal

    Experts say most buyers make their decision at first sight. This includes examining your driveway, walkways and front steps. Other things potential buyers will look at include the mailbox, the landscaping, the deck, the fence, the lamp posts and more. Could you spare some money to update the exterior landscaping to improve that first impression?

    The doorway is another exterior area to consider touching up. While agents work with the lock box for a key, the buyers have idle time to notice details in this area. One thing to do is give the front door a fresh coat of paint. You may consider adding a flowerpot depending on the season. Be sure to eliminate cobwebs and groom doorway area windows, porch lights or decorative glass.

    Interior Appeal

    Once inside, experts say more buyers are reaffirming their curbside decision. Does your entryway feel welcoming?

    Give every room in the house a thorough cleaning and remove all clutter. This may seem like a large task, but buyers will have a better perception of your home if there is less clutter.

    A little paint goes a long way, which is why you may want to consider repainting some of your walls. Another thing to consider is cleaning or replacing the window coverings and flooring. Bright rooms appear larger while neutral colors help buyers envision their own furnishings and decor.

    Keeping It Warm and Homey

    As time gets closer to listing your home, there’s a few things to consider to ensure your home has a welcoming, open appearance to potential buyers.

    Having the curtains or blinds open around the house helps give it a welcoming appearance.  Keeping an attractive set of towels in each bathroom to bring out only for showings. Having a fresh scent in your home could add to this as well, such as having a plug-in or candle wax melt.

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