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  My neighbor was putting in new landscaping, so I asked him if he was sprucing it up to sell or to enjoy it. 
  “Enjoy it,” he said without hesitation. 
  I think it’s interesting that so many people live in their home as is, then when they go to sell they start fixing things up. But he and I are on the same page. The time to do major remodeling is when you plan to stay in the house, not when you’re going to sell.
  While some renovations will bring more money in a sale, others don’t. However, market studies show that professional staging does pay big dividends — about 500 percent to 600 percent of what you spend in the staging. Your biggest bang for the buck is in kitchens and bathrooms. Other cosmetics like interior painting and carpeting, will make your home more saleable.
  I ask all my selling clients if they would like a professional stager to consult with them in getting their home ready to sell. If they do then I provide the stager. Based on results, it usually pays off with more showings, better offers and faster sales. 
  You can go much of this yourself, but you don’t have to do everything at once. Break it down to manageable-sized chores and you’ll have better results. 
  The first thing you want to do is de-junk. Get rid of the things you no longer need or that are taking up unnecessary space. Even closets and garages should be staged. So have a garage sale or donate those items to a charitable organization and take the value off your taxes.
  Once the clutter is cleared away, it will be easier to see what needs to be done. You need to make a good first impression because buyers buy the home they like the best no matter how many they look at. So here are some tips to guide you:
  •Edge, mow and fertilize the lawn and make sure it’s well watered and reseed any sparse areas for good color.
  •Paint your mailbox.
  •Keep your hedges trimmed, your lawn and flowerbeds weeded and your trees pruned. Cut back overgrown shrubbery next to your house, particularly if it is scraggly or keep out interior light.
  •Replace that welcome mat with a new one.
  •Paint the front door.
  •Walk around your house and check the foundation, steps, walkways, walls and patios for cracks and crumbling and reseal if possible.
  •Power wash your siding brick. Repaint any areas with peeling paint.

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Most homes sell for an average price. In every neighborhood where similar homes are sold there would be a high price and a low price. So if the high price was $315,000 and the low price was $285,000 the average price would be $300,000. 

A lot of people would be happy with that, but not the savvy seller. He would see that as a loss of $15,000.

That's why you'll want to take a look at my Aim Above Average™ marketing plan when you decide to sell. It will give you a 95% chance of getting 5% above average in your settlement check. Five percent is a lot of money so please get with me and let me show you the three things I help you with to give you a 95% chance of getting 5% more than the average agent of private seller.
Check the porch light and make sure it works.
Now is a good time to clean and align gutters and downspouts.
If you have a wood burning fireplace or stove, inspect and clean it.
Repair or replace the doorbell if it doesn’t work or is broken. (You’d be surprised how many I come across that need replacing.)
Loose or damaged roof shingles should be replaced or repaired.
Repair and repaint loose siding and caulking.
Driveway and garage oil stains should ve cleaned off.
Keep your sidewalks swept and clean. If you’re selling in winter keep them free of ice and snow.
I see lots of broken and eroded outdoor steps. Repair or replace them.
In the spring and summer use brightly colored potted outdoor flower arrangements for the front yard near the entrance.
Don’t leave your garage door open and store RVs, boats and extra vehicles (anything that can’t be parked in the garage) somewhere else while the house is on the market.
If the smell of cat litter, cigarette smoke, mildew or pet accidents greet prospective buyers when they walk through the door, there is little chance that even a reduced sales price will persuade them to buy. So clean everything — walls, floors, inside closets and cabinets — even if it means hiring a cleaning service to do the job. That includes shampooing carpets, and scrub and wax linoleum, wash and wax wood floors. Thoroughly clean all appliances (especially refrigerator and oven). Clear all cobwebs from corners and doorways.
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