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    Getting your home ready to show

    Posted by Michele Cummins on May 22, 2014
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    If you’re planning an open house, or are expecting buyers to be looking at your home, make sure their first impression is a good one. Here are few hints for making your house look great to potential buyers:

    Exterior
    House in good repair
    House number easy to read
    Eavestroughs, down spouts and soffits in good repair
    Garage/car port clean and tidy
    Litter picked up
    Cracked or broken window panes replaced
    Lawns and hedges cut and trimmed, garden weeded and edged
    Walks shovelled and salted
    Boot tray inside front door
    Doorbell and door hardware in good repair
    Porch and foyer clean and tidy

    Interior
    Chipped plaster and paint touched up or replaced
    Doors and cupboards properly closed
    Leaky taps and toilets repaired
    Burned out light bulbs replaced
    Squeaky doors oiled
    Mirrors, fixtures and taps cleaned and polished
    Seals around tubs and basins in good repair
    Floors cleaned, garbage containers empty
    Inside of closets and cupboards neat and tidy
    Appliances cleaned
    Countertops neat and polished
    All lights turned on
    Air conditioner turned on in warm weather
    Fresh air in house
    Fireplace lit in cooler weather
    Halls and stairs cleaned
    Drapes opened during daylight
    Carpets freshly vacuumed
    Fresh flowers in various rooms
    Jewelry and valuables locked safely away or taken with you
    Valuable property, such as art, vases and figurines out of reach, out of sight or locked away
    Pets absent, where possible, or contained during the showing, and litter boxes clean