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Selling a home....a difficult and complicated business best left to the professional Realtor.
There are numerous details to be handled and many more that should be done in order to get you the highest price with the least inconvenience to you. Nothing should "slip through the cracks"...it could be costly to you in terms of time and profits. That's why I work together with a "Hands-On" team of experts at Coldwell Banker. Together, we put in place a game plan that begins the day the sign goes in your yard and serves you until the day your moving truck is packed and away--and beyond!

As a service to my clients, I have prepared the following list to offer advice about how to prepare a property for sale.
The First Impression
Within 15 seconds a buyer has developed
an opinion of your property.

  • Invest in landscaping where it can be seen at first sight.
  • Cut back over-grown shrubbery and keep lawn mowed.
  • Paint your house if necessary.
  • Repaint front shutters, window frames, and front door.
  • In winter, walkways should be free of snow and ice.
  • Inspect roof and gutters for needed repairs.
  • Place flowers outside the front door.

Basement, Attic, Garage
  • Clean out clutter.
  • Keep stairways and entryways well lit.
  • Keep basement bright with new paint or lighting.
  • Ventilate or dehumidify.
  • Repair cracked floors and walls.
  • Stack items against the walls to open up floor space.

  • To brighten, paint cabinets and put up new curtains.
  • Remove any appliances from your counters.
  • Leave a delicious smell in the kitchen.

I have prepared a step-by-step outline of the procedure of selling your home. Please click on the link below to view and print this procedure.

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When selling your house,
providing a good first
impression could mean the
difference between a quick
sale and a long wait for a
Here's how to do it right.
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Living Areas
  • Have all plaster in top shape.
  • Check ceilings for leak stains.
  • Use white and neutrals if painting and redecorating.
  • Clean fireplace.
  • Wash windows and replace any cracked or broken glass.
  • All windows should open and close easily.
  • Keep draperies open, window shades up.
  • Replace burned out light bulbs.
  • Be sure every light switch works.
  • Discard items now that will be disposed of when moving.
  • Straighten up the closets.
  • Keep pets away during showings.
  • Lubricate any sticking or squeaking doors.
  • Turn off all televisions.

  • Repair any dripping faucets.
  • Keep fresh towels in the bathrooms.
  • Remove stains from toilets, bathtubs and sinks.
  • Keep sinks and mirrors shining.
  • Unclog sinks and bathtubs.
  • Use a deodorizer in the bathroom area.
  • Replace old caulking around the bathtub.

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