Today I’m rolling out the final five items you need to address when you’re getting ready to list your house for sale.

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Today we’re continuing our discussion about the 10 critical steps you need to take before listing your home for sale.

You can see the first five steps here.

6. Shampoo or replace the carpets. Carpets show more damage than any other area in your house. You might be able to get away with a heavy cleaning or professional shampoo, but they might need to be replaced or else it can be a deal-killer.

7. Touch up or repaint the inside and outside of the home. You should repaint if the inside hasn’t been touched up or repainted in a year or so. If you have strong colors like deep reds or purples, you should paint over them with neutral colors. Try to keep it uniform. People rarely object to neutral colors, but they usually object to bright colors. On the outside of your house, it needs to look as good as possible from a curb appeal standpoint.

8. Get a storage unit. It’s normal for your garage and house to be full, but the homes you’ll compete against could be vacant or nearly vacant and even staged. They show better and let buyers envision themselves in there. Pack away things you won’t need; the more you pack, the better.

9. Freshen up the landscaping. It’s the biggest bang for your buck besides painting. Curb appeal and first impressions are huge, and the easiest, fastest, and least expensive way to boost them is with a fresh layer of mulch. Trim the hedges and trees so everything looks neat and fresh as well.

10. Get specific advice from a local expert who consistently sells homes in the area. Every property is different and will have unique areas to address. We work with homes and buyers every day, so we know what buyers want. Experience matters more than time in the business, too.

If you have any other questions about how to prepare your home to sell quickly and for top dollar, don’t hesitate to give me a call or send me an email. I’m always happy to help!

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