12 Ways to Prepare Your Home For Sale Continued

This week wraps up our suggestions for the interior of your home when you're getting it ready to sell. Next week we'll continue with some exterior ideas to give your home that "curb appeal" that buyers are looking for. 

Getting Your Home Ready to Sell Part Two: 

5.  Closets and Cabinets - Most of us have over-packed these spaces because over time we accumulate so much.  Clean, donate or throw away and then clean some more.  Now's your chance to get rid of all that stuff you haven't used or worn in years. If you don't get rid of it now you're going to be stuck packing and moving it with you anyway.  When a buyer looks into your closets and cabinets will they be thinking, "Wow, there's so much storage space here" or will they think, "Wow if these people are bursting at the seams I will be too". Organize and if the inside walls are noticeably scuffed and marked up, clean and paint them. 

6.  Heat Vents and Intake Vents - People tend to forget to clean the intake vents in a home because they're on the ceiling. They collect a ton of dirt and need a good vacuuming. 

7.  Laundry Room - Wipe down and vacuum the hot water heater, dryer and furnace. Put in a fresh furnace filter which shows the buyer you've taken good care of the equipment. Organize shelves and make sure the floor and walls are clean and if necessary, painted. 

8.  Basement - Lots of basements have a wet, mildew odor. If this is due to flooding, seepage, or a leak of some kind you must get it fixed prior to listing for sale.  For one thing it's the law to disclose any defects, but there are also very few buyers willing to buy a home with basement issues. Some basements just seem to have that musty odor so try a dehumidifier and possibly get a professional service in to eliminate the odor.

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