1) Spruce Up the Front Door: This is the first thing people see – pay close attention. Touch up or repaint a cheerful color. Polish the door knocker. Position fresh flowers on the front stoop. Replace old or too small light fixtures with something that twinkles.
2) Let in the Light: Take down any window treatments that block light. Make sure to leave some lights on in your home at all times – lamp light is especially appealing.
3) Touch Up Trim: Touch up or repaint your trim (baseboards, door frames, doors) – it tends to get even more beat up than walls and makes a room look tired.
4) Neutralize Walls: I am not a fan of dark colors on walls – they are usually specific to the seller’s tastes and they don’t look great in pictures. I think light neutrals (whites, grays, taupes) tend to look best.
5) Eradicate Smells: If you have pets, make sure you get rid of smells. You might not smell them, but others will. And for buyers with allergies, it’s a turn off and a problem.
6) Create Appealing Furniture Arrangements: Make sure you have clutter free and welcoming furniture arrangements – either with your own furniture or with the help of a staging expert.
7) Clear Surfaces: As much as you possibly can, keep all counters, dresser tops, coffee tables, kitchen and dining room tables clear of stuff!
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