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Part of the success in selling your home depends on the impression which potential buyers will have when they view it. Showing it off properly is therefore of prime importance. Many elements can help get you the best possible price for your property. Some involve up-front expenses, which can probably be recovered when you sell your house. You will find on the next page a Preparation checklist to help you plan how you will prepare your home.

First impressions:

First impressions have a considerable impact on a person’s perception after a visit. Therefore, certain visual aspects must be reviewed. Is the outside of the house in good condition? Do gutters need repairs? Is the garage neat? Have broken windows been replaced? Has the grass been cut and raked? Do the hedges and shrubs need trimming? In winter, has the snow been removed? Does the doorbell work? Are door trimmings in good condition?

Indoor aspect:

Have cracks been repaired? Are paint touch-ups necessary? Have leaky faucets been repaired? Are there any burnt out bulbs? Do doors need a drop of oil? bathrooms Are bathrooms shiny? Has the bathtub been re-caulked? Are the floors clean?


Is a thorough cleaning required? Are the sink and faucets clean? Are cupboards impeccable both inside and out?


Have lights been turned on? Is the furnace on if it’s cold? Is there a fire in the fireplace when it’s cold? Are curtains open during the day? Have you thought of putting on a little soft music? Do your plants and flowers look healthy? Have animals been removed or locked up for the showing? Is ventilation adequate?

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