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Buying a home is an emotional decision. Real Estate buyers typically “try the house out.” They open closets, cupboards and almost anything else with a handle. They will switch on lights, turn on faucets and flush toilets.

How do you make your home stand out in today’s real estate market? Small, incremental improvements can make a big impression on prospective buyers.

Home Preparation Tips

• Clean and shine fixtures including door handles, light switches, faucets and anything else that’s shiny. Check ceiling for water stains and be sure to fix any leaks.

• Make your home anonymous. Take down the photos and most of the art. If possible have minimal furniture and remove all clutter. A buyer needs to be able to visualize moving in. A cramped living space doesn’t deliver a cozy message.

• A little bit of fresh paint will rejuvenate the appearance of your home. Choose a color palette with the widest appeal. Have the carpets washed (replace with a neutral color if necessary) and be sure to replace any broken floor tiles.

• Remove clutter and give the prospective buyers room. Let them imagine living in your home. Remove things from the kitchen counter. When someone opens the kitchen cupboards, do they appear spacious or cluttered?

Whether you clean and repair yourself, or bring in a team for a thorough upgrade, the goal is to make others feel like this could be their home. These improvements can decrease the amount of time your house is on the market, and the bottom line.

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