Preparing your home

First impressions matter. If you're selling your home, you'll want to take the time to make it shine.

Within the first seven seconds of meeting someone, you generally form your first impression. Your home is no different and nothing makes a better first impression than a home that is clean, decluttered and elicits happiness. If you're looking to prepare your house for the market, here are some tips that are sure to help.

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Give your home a deep clean – from the baseboards to the tops of the ceiling fans. Consider calling professionals to ensure your home is in pristine condition (especially for your carpets). You may also consider a fresh coat of paint to cover any imperfections.

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Getting rid of excess clutter can go a long way with buyers. For giveaways, research donation centers, disposal sites and consignment shops. For items you plan to keep, try to avoid overstuffed closets and drawers. For items you simply can't part with, consider renting a month-to-month storage unit.

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Buyers will imagine themselves living in your space. Removing some of your personal items such as photographs and family heirlooms will help them visualize living there themselves.

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Make repairs

Now is the time to fix the items that have been on your to-do list for years. Whether it's a leaky faucet, broken door handle or cracked window pane, you want homebuyers to know that your home has been well taken care of. You may want to consider calling a reputable handyman if needed.

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Since buyers tend to imagine themselves living in your home, you'll want to make it as warm, welcoming and inviting as possible. Consider rearranging furniture to make rooms appear larger and installing new light bulbs to make them brighter. And, since curb appeal is so important, consider some fresh mulch, planting flowers and getting your lawn in the best shape possible.

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