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A motivated home seller knows that the appearance of a home can be the single, most important attraction to a homebuyer. Many homes need minor improvements and repairs before they go on the market. By doing a walk through of your home using this information and the checklist, you’ll be sure that your home is in peak performance before you put your house on the market.​

1. Begin To Disassociate Yourself With Your Home
     •Say to yourself, “This is not my home; it is a house.”
     •Decide to let go of your emotions and focus on the fact that this house will no longer be yours.
     •Picture yourself handing over the keys to a new owner.
     •Say goodbye to every room. Look toward the future.

As much as the family photos on the wall mean to you this is the time to pack them up. Buyers need to 
imagine their own photos on the walls. Buyers can become distracted looking at your pictures and
collections, they need to remember your home.

People tend to collect an amazing amount of “junk”. Here are some things to consider:
     •If you don’t need it, why not donate it or throw it?
     •Remove all books from bookcases.
     •Pack up all knick-knacks.
     •Clean off all counters. Put essential items in a small box that can be stored away during showings.

4. Clean Those Closets & Cabinets! Buyers Look Everywhere
If they see everything is organized, they will feel that you probably take good care of the rest of the house.
     •Hang shirts together facing the same way.
     •Line up shoes.
     •Neatly stack dishes.
     •Turn all coffee cup handles the same way.

5. Rent A Storage Unit
     •Almost every home shows better with less furniture. Remove pieces that block or hamper paths.
     •Remove the bookcases. 
     •Remove extra leaves from the dining room table to make the room appear larger. 
     •Leave just enough furniture to showcase each room’s purpose.

6.Remove Or Replace Favorite Items
If you want to take any window coverings or built-in fixtures with you, remove them now. For example, if 
the chandelier in the living room once belonged to your grandmother, take it down. If a buyer never sees 
it, they won’t want it.

7.Make Minor Repairs
     •Replace cracked floor or counter tiles.
     •Patch holes in the walls.
     •Fix leaky faucets.
     •Consider painting your walls neutral colors.
     •Replace burned out light bulbs.
     •Re-caulk tubs, showers, and sinks.

8.Make The House Sparkle
     •Wash the windows inside and out.
     •Clean out the cobwebs.
     •Polish chrome faucets and mirrors.
     •Clean out the refrigerator.
     •Dust furniture, ceiling fan blades, and light fixtures.
     •Replace worn rugs.
     •Hang up fresh towels.
     •Vacuum daily.

9.Check Curb Appeal
     •Keep sidewalks clear.
     •Mow the lawn.
     •Paint faded window trim.
     •Trim the bushes.
     •Make sure visitors can read your house numbers.
     •Plant yellow flowers. Yellow evokes a buying emotion!

711 2nd St.   Webster City, IA 50595    (515) 832-3364
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