The interior of the home should be immaculate. The front porch and walkway give buyers their first impression of your home. You should add fresh paint your front door in a focal point color. Replace the front door knocker, knob and other worn hardware, and try to set up a welcoming bench or all-weather chair where visitors can gather to discuss your house. Finally, try seasonal decorations. Your goal is to help buyers envision their lives in your house. it is sure to evoke potential memories. See: Paint Supplies & Hardware at The Home Depot.

The exterior should be flawless as well. If you can, create an outside focal point to draw buyers’ attention to landscaping, such as planting very colorful flowers. Read on: 2016 Home Staging Costs. Likewise, if the view from key windows is less than pretty, screen it with inexpensive lattice.

Make sure sidewalks are free of clutter and trash. Fix fences and gates, and keep gardens tidy and the lawn mowed. Decluttering can be scary; you’re going through piles and piles of things that you never “got around to” sorting out, and now, you must do it all at one time. Here are some tips for decluttering room by room:

Kitchen
•Clear counters of small appliances.
•Pack rarely used appliances (crockpots, fondue pots, roasters), tools and pans
•Pot racks, utensils hanging on walls and other open kitchen storage can be unsightly and even dangerous, if people are in danger of hitting their heads or brushing up against sharp gear. Take it all down and swap in plain wallboard.
•Pack away rarely used staples and gear like seasonal cookie cutters, extra aprons, and unusual spices to air out pantries, drawers and cabinets. People need to envision their own stuff in the storage spaces.
•Remove evidence of problems, such as ant powder, from closets.

Bathrooms
•Find a different or temporary home for jewlery, perfume, and rarely used toiletries.
•Pack or toss all but three changes of linens to create an airy look in your closets.
•Refresh shelf and drawer liners.
•Remove evidence of mothballs.
•Clean and repair grout. See: Decluttering Tips From HGTV.

Bedrooms
•Pack out-of-season clothes and linens and store off-site. Read on: Find a Landscaper – Angie’s List.
•Choose a pretty, light set of linens for each bed, with crisp decorative pillows. Oh, and make sure they are clean.
•Pack away family photos.

Living, Dining & Family Rooms
•Clear out stacks of magazines and hobby materials. Stacks, even if neat and straight, add weight and visual clutter to rooms.
•Clean the window treatments and the windows. If your window treatments involve numerous layers, consider leaving only the decorative layer.
•If your walls are covered with attention-grabbing artwork, shrink your arrangement to a tasteful few.
•Examine walls and woodwork for dirt and chips.
•Choose only a few pillows for accents.
•Make sure you have a safe, consistent landing spot for TV and sound system remotes, far from the hands of children.
•Limit the number of toys kept in any room, and create a place where the remaining toys can quickly be collected, such as a large basket.

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  1. Charles Lee

    While I know this sounds repetitive, its really important: remote everything from your kitchen countertops, keeping only essentials like a toaster and microwave. Buyers need to envision the kitchen without your stuff all over the counters. Clear magnets, coupons and children’s artwork from the refrigerator. Also, if you have a enough time for a yard sale, set aside sellable items, but remember that selling your house is top priority and budget your time accordingly. Donating can save you some time, because some charities will come right to your door and haul your old stuff away. For stuff you need to keep, consider renting a storage unit and clearing everything out to make your house clutter free.

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