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5 Things to do Before Putting Your Home on the Market

1. Have a pre-sale home inspection. Be proactive by arranging for a pre-sale

home inspection. An inspector will be able to giveyou a good indication of the

trouble areas that will stand out to potential buyers, and you'll be able to

make repairs before open houses begin. .

2. 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 the windows, carpets, walls, lighting fixtures

and baseboards to make the house shine.

3. Get replacement estimates. Do you have big-ticket items that are worn or

will need to be replaced soon, such as your roof or carpeting? Get estimates

on how much it would cost to replace them, 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.

4. 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.

5. Spruce up the curb appeal. Pretend you're a buyer and stand outside of

your home. 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 faming the entrance? Is the

walkway free from cracks and impediments?

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