Tips for home sale preparation.

deck The Seattle Times just listed some home preparation ideas worth reading:

Don’t make radical changes without careful consideration…

Talk with a real-estate agent to find out whether major changes should be considered. If it’s something your home desperately needs — a new roof or new exterior paint job, for example — it might be worthwhile…

Maximize curb appeal.This is the impression made by your home when a potential buyer arrives to see it for the first time. That initial impression is worth a great deal. If a home is even halfway decent inside, a good curb-appeal impression will help it sell itself.

Here are some ways to generate better curb appeal:

  • Repair any cracks in the driveway or walkway and resurface if necessary.
  • Keep the landscaping clean and neat.
  • Make sure the home looks freshly painted.
  • Keep the garage doors closed when potential buyers visit.
  • Make sure garbage cans and other paraphernalia are out of sight.

Clear the clutter to make the inside of your home look as big as possible…

Speaking of smells, use them to your advantage. Have a small bowl of vanilla warming in the oven or a slow cooker of apple cider brewing and a fresh batch of chocolate-chip cookies baking.

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