(Courtesy of Realtor Magazine by Barb Schwarz)
1. Super Clean. Make the house shine from top to bottom. Don’t forget about cleaning the carpet, draperies, and windows, too
2. Clear the clutter and unload some furniture. Remove unnecessary items from countertops, bathtubs, and shower stalls – ares that often attract the most clutter. Keep only the necessities. A decluttered home helps buyers mentally “move in” with their own things. You may need to rearrange or remove some furniture. Pieces that crowd a space can make it look smaller than it really is.
3. Prep your landscaping. Check gutters and roof for dry rot and moss, and ensure they are clean. Examine all plants: Prune bushes and tress, make sure no plants are blocking windows, remove any dead plants, and keep the lawn freshly mowed.
4. Add nice touches. Coordinate towels in the bathroom in one or two colors only. Keep accessories restricted to groups of one, three or five items. Make sure all lights and lamps are on for showings, and set an inviting mood: Have soft background music turned on (such as light FM music).