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Home Prepping Tips To Get That Sale Sooner Than Later!
by Adriene

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Scientists tell us it takes just a tenth of a second to judge something and make a first impression. When it comes to selling a home, that first impression can be the difference between a quick sale at your asking price and a home staying too long on the market. Below you will find economic and quick approaches to prepping your home for the big sale. As you will see the focus is on cleaning up and getting organized!


Curb Appeal

Chances are your potential buyers are already sizing up your home before they have even parked the car. Here is how to stop traffic using color. First, with two tones of paint, add a faux finish to any corner keystones. Next, bring out the color of walkway pavers using a stone sealer. Blooming flowers will add the icing to the cake.

Deck It

A nice outdoor deck can be a big selling feature, but an old one is a major liability. To give your outdoor space new life, first sand the wood. Cover it with a light-colored stain instead of paint to give it a rustic, grainy look. Be sure to furnish it for entertaining, encouraging buyers to imagine the summer parties they can throw.

Patio Transformations

Do you have a red-brick patio surface that needs to be freshened up? Here is an easy way to give it new life with paint. First, roll a light coat of paint onto the bricks. Next, lightly spray them with water and then dab them before they dry to give them an outdoor look. When you are done, you will have a patio that looks fresh and reels in buyers.

Over All Interiors:

Ditch The Rugs

Hardwood floors are a major selling point for most buyers, and a rug that's even slightly worn or stained can give the wrong impression. Always remove area rugs from your kitchen making the room feel cleaner and more spacious.

Replace Lampshades

New white drum shades make a room look more light, clean, and modern. Economic replacements can easily be found Target or Ikea.

Don't Let Your Pet Steal The Show

We all love our furry companions, but unpleasant pet odors can make a negative first impression. Be sure to remove all nose offenders including blankets and rugs that hold on to odors.

Pack It Up

Now is the time to pack up any unnecessary items and furniture before you show the house. A cluttered home gives the impression that there is not enough storage space. If you have too many items to look neat and organized in a garage consider renting a storage space. Make your square footage be the star not your personal belongings.

Which Brings Us to the Next Point

Storage space sells! Potential buyers are looking for storage and won't hesitate to open your closets. Be prepared by clearing out unnecessary clutter and organize your shelves to show off how much storage you really have.

Eliminate The Guessing

If you have a room that serves only to gather junk or has awkward dimensions take the opportunity to transform the space and add value to your home. Add bookshelves and a desk to a room with slanted walls to create an office. An armchair and a table can create a reading room and soft pillows and a rug can turn a small space into a private yoga studio.

Go Green

Buyers are willing to pay more for a home that is considered green. If you're on a budget, consider cork flooring. It's extremely durable and costs about half the price of traditional hardwood flooring. Another ecofriendly tip is to consider plastering your walls. Not only is it a big selling feature, it's an eco-friendly, natural material that resists dust and fingerprints. It also works great in damp environments (like bathrooms) because it soaks up moisture.


White Out

White = fresh and clean! Even if you can't replace counter tops or cabinets accessorize your bathroom with white towels, soap dish and bath mat.

Give It A Quick Update

Consider having outdated bathroom tile reglazed. It costs much less than replacements and can make your bathroom look brand new. To remove mold from grout, try a simple solution of bleach and water. If that doesn't work, try staining the grout.

On A Pedestal

Did you know pedestal sinks are a big hit with buyers? They show off square footage in small bathrooms beautifully. Replacing your sink can be an easy do-it-yourself project to increase the overall appeal of your home.


The Quick Fix

Replace light fixtures, drawer pulls and cabinet knobs for an instant transformation.

Go A Little Farther

For a quick update to your kitchen, stain dated kitchen cabinets instead of replacing them. First, apply the stain in even strokes, going with the grain of the wood then add that new hardware.

The Final Touch

New kitchen appliances bring high returns from sellers. Choose a contemporary finish and your space will look like a fresh remodel.


Go Neutral

Stay away from gender specific décor. Instead, go with neutral colored walls and subtle bedding and accessories, emphasizing a serene atmosphere.

Living Room:

Fire It Up

Tone down an overpowering brick fire place by rubbing a light coat of paint on the bricks one at a time. This will add a new tone without covering the bricks entirely. For the final touch, be sure to replace the screens.

If you can utilize even half of these tips, you will increase the potential for a quick, profitable sale.

Next week it's time to explore the nuances of staging your home.