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Putting Your Home on the Market? Do This First!
When it comes to selling a home, first impressions are critically important, and a bad first impression is hard to erase. If you’re thinking of putting your home on the market, time invested upfront can pay dividends later. Plus, a little bit of organization and preparation will make your move go much more smoothly.

  • Organize and clean. Pare down clutter and pack up your least-used items, such as large blenders and other kitchen tools, out-of-season clothes, toys, and exercise equipment. Store items off-site or in boxes neatly arranged in the garage or basement. Clean windows, carpets, walls, lighting fixtures, and baseboards to make your house shine.
  • Get replacement estimates. Do you have big-ticket items that are worn out or will need to be replaced soon, such your roof or carpeting? Get estimates on replacement costs, even if you don’t plan to do it yourself. The figures will help buyers determine if they can afford the home, and will be handy when negotiations begin.
  • Find your warranties. Gather up the warranties, guarantees, and user manuals for the furnace, washer and dryer, dishwasher, and any other items that will remain with the house.
  • Spruce up the curb appeal. Stand outside your home and pretend you’re a buyer. As you approach the front door, what is your impression of the property? Do the lawn and bushes look neatly manicured? Is the address clearly visible? Are pretty flowers or plants framing the entrance? Is the walkway free from cracks and impediments?