Before you put your home on the market, there are some things you can do to differentiate your house from the competition.

CURB APPEAL: When preparing to put your home up for sale, your first concern is the home’s exterior. If the outside, or “curb appeal” looks good, people will more than likely want to see what’s on the inside. Keep the landscape nicely manicured. Trim the bushes and add some flowering plants. Be sure your front door area has a “Welcome” feeling. A fresh coat of paint on the front door looks great.

KITCHENS & BATHS: Of all the rooms inside your home, pay special attention to the kitchen and bathrooms. They should look as modern, bright and fresh as possible. It is essential for them to be clean and odor free. A fresh coat of paint just may do the trick. Have any leaky faucets taken care of. A call to a plumber is a wise investment.


CLEAR THE CLUTTER: Since you want your home to look as spacious as possible, remove any excess or very large furniture. Make sure that table tops, dressers and closets are free of clutter. Don’t use your storage areas to keep these extra things. Those areas also need to have the impression of space. Instead, rent some off-site storage space. Make sure walls and doors are free of smudges and look for anything that might indicate a maintenance problem, such as cracked windows, holes in the wall or stained ceilings.

Finally, if your cistern shows any signs of dampness or leakage, seal the walls.

Quick tips for showings:

Keep counter tops cleared

Replace all burned out light bulbs

Open all drapes and window blinds

Put pets in cages or take them to a neighbor

No dirty dishes in the sink

No laundry in the washer/dryer

Clean or replace dirty or worn carpets

Put on soft music

Always look at your home from the buyer’s point of view. Be objective and be honest.