First impressions are lasting! The front doorway greets the prospective buyer. Make sure it is fresh, clean and swept. Keep lawn trimmed and edged and the yard free of garbage. I often advise sellers to drive up to their house as if they have never seen it before. Look at the curb appeal critically. Would you want to see more of this house based on what you see from the outside?

Remember the 3 C’s…clean, colorful and clutterless! Keep the property as clean as possible, use light and bright colors for accents, and, most important, get rid of the clutter! Personal photographs and momentous are very important to you, but they are very distracting to potential buyers. Try to create a “blank slate” for them to picture where they would place their own belongings.

Let the sun shine in! Open draperies, curtains and blinds and let the buyers see how bright and cheerful the property can be. Dark rooms are unappealing.

Fix that faucet! Dripping water suggests faulty plumbing.

Repairs can make a big difference! Loose knobs, sticking and squeaking doors and windows, warped cabinet fronts or drawers and other minor flaws detract from home value. Many buyers believe there are ten problems hiding for everyone they’re able to see.

PAINT IT! If there is any question – paint it! Don’t be misled by the poor advice that the buyer may not like your color selections. Just choose a light neutral color and paint, paint, paint. Nothing will do more to improve the looks than a fresh coat of paint!

Safety first! Keep all stairways clear. Avoid cluttered appearances and possible injuries.

Clean that carpet! Make sure the carpet is clean and worn areas replaced.

UNLOAD IT! Call the Salvation Army or the Goodwill. Unload those clothes and cupboards. Your closets will seem much larger if you remove the old clothes. Clean out the garage and store any extra furniture.