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QUICK UPDATES FOR A QUICKER SALE - by Heidi Fore, realtor since 2002

Your home is beautiful and I want to help you accentuate the best features of the property. Here are my suggestions based on my experience of what buyers want to see when they view a home to buy. Your home-work before our first showing is to help the buyers see the features of the house and see themselves moving right in, resulting in writing you an offer on your house! 


OUTSIDE: the first impression 

  • Front porch: Clean around front door /paint / replace door / porch light

  • Landscaping: bushes / flowers

  • Deck or Back porch: repair / stain / add furniture 

  • Cut the grass and pick up dog "presents"

  • Paint exterior shutters/trim

  • Gutters: clean out / repair 

  • Windows 

  • Driveway / sidewalk: weeds / cracks 

INSIDE: Focus on the size of the rooms and the layout 

  • Entry way is bright, cobweb-free, clean, and clutter free with a trendy light

  •  Dining room has only one picture on the wall and a trendy light fixture

  • Kitchen: cabinets / faucet / lighting / counters / declutter / depersonalize / accessories / paint / cabinet hardware 

  • Den/family room:  move furniture / change lighting / declutter 

  • Half bath: paint / accessories / change lighting / cabinets / hardware 

  • Master bedroom:  move furniture / depersonalize / paint / accessories 

  • Master bath: cabinets / faucet / lighting / counters / declutter / depersonalize / accessories 

  • Bedroom 2declutter / move furniture / depersonalize / neutralize  

  • Bedroom 3declutter / move furniture / depersonalize / neutralize 

  • Bedroom 4declutter / move furniture / depersonalize / neutralize 

  • Full bath 2cabinets / faucet / lighting / counters / declutter / depersonalize / accessories / paint / hardware 

  • Full bath 3cabinets / faucet / lighting / counters / declutter / depersonalize / accessories / paint / hardware 

  • Basement: Declutter and show people how they can use the space

  • REPLACE or REPAIR :  roof leaks / garage door / have HVAC cleaned and serviced 
    replace carpet that needs it or have carpet steam cleaned / make sure all GFCI outlets work /
    repair nail pops or drywall cracks / secure loose toilets to the floor


  • Sight – turn on all lights, open blinds, take items off countertops in kitchen and bath 

  • Sound – turn on soft classical or instrumental jazz music 

  • Smell – plug in your candle warmer with cookie, cake or pie aroma 

  • Clean, clean, clean like you’ve never cleaned before (or hire a cleaning service

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