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Posted: Thursday, April 12, 2012 9:10 am

FIRST IMPRESSIONS ARE LASTING

The front door greets the prospective buyer. Make sure it is always clean & fresh-looking.  Use plug in air-fresheners and candles.  Keep lane trimmed and edged, and the yard free of refuse.  Charge furnace filter and have serviced if necessary.
DECORATE FOR A QUICK SALE
Faded walls and worn woodwork reduce appeal.  Why try to tell the prospect how your home could look, when you can show him by redecorating?  A quicker sale at a higher price will result. You can't find a better investment when you're selling a house than a few cans of paint to brighten up its interior.
LET THE SUN SHINE IN
Open the draperies and curtains and let the prospect see how cheerful your home can be.  (Dark rooms do not appeal)
FIX THAT FAUCET
Dripping water discolors sinks and suggests fault plumbing.  Check for toilets that rock and snug them.
REPAIRS CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE
Loose knobs, sticking & squeaking doors and windows, warped cabinet drawers, and other minor flaws detract from home value.  Have them fixed.  Many buyers believe there will be ten problems they haven't noticed for every one they see.
FROM TOP TO BOTTOM
Display the full value of your attic and other utility space by removing all unnecessary articles.  Rent a storage locker if need be.
SAFTEY FIRST
Keep stairways clear. Avoid cluttered appearances and possible injuries.  
BATHROOMS HELP SELL HOMES
Check and repair caulking in bathtubs and showers. Make this room sparkle! Remove all stains.
ARRANGE EVERY ROOM NEATLY
Remove excess furniture; nick knacks, personal family photos, etc.  Use attractive bedspreads and freshly laundered curtains.
HARMONIZE THE ELEMENTS
FM radio or stereo softly, TV off.  All lights on, day or night. Drapes open in the daytime, closed at night.  If it's hot, cool it, if it's color, light a crackling fire. 
YOU CAN SELL PRICE OF OWNERSHIP FASTER AND FOR MORE MONEY
It's called cleanliness and has more buyers than used dirt.  Put sparkle in your bathrooms and kitchen, and you'll take lots more silver out.
MAKE CLOSETS LOOK BIGGER
Neat, well-organized closets show that space is ample.
PETS UNDERFOOT
Keep pets out of the way, preferably out of the house.  Many people are uncomfortable around some animals. Many pets react when felt intruded upon.
SILENCE IS GOLDEN
It's best for your buyers and sellers to never meet, bout if they do be courteous but don't force conversation with the potential buyer.  He wants to inspect your house, not pay a social call. If buyer has questions, refer these to the agents.
A WORD TO THE WISE
Let your realtor discuss price, terms, possession, building inspection times and other factors with the prospect. Your Realtor is eminently qualified to bring negotiations to a favorable conclusion.
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