Before you put that For Sale sign in the front yard, take a good, long, critical look at the front yard! If you can’t remember the last time you mulched, it’s time – and remnants of last year’s mulch don’t count! Rule of thumb is that buyers give sellers about six seconds to make a sale – three seconds from the curb and three seconds from the entry of the home. Oh, and spend a little money on some new bushes while you’re at it.
On the subject of fresh paint. Who doesn’t like freshly painted walls! Neutral colors for the main rooms are best. For closets, a fresh coat of white paint can make it appear larger. People like “new”, and paint helps make everything look a little newer, a little better than maybe it actually is.
Making a home inviting means fresh produce on the kitchen counter or fresh flowers arranged in a vase. Contrary to popular belief, scented candles to cover up a cat odor are a no-no, since buyers may have allergies that force an evacuation of the premises all too soon.
Think clean. This is not the time to skimp on putting a little “elbow grease” in your cleaning. Pretend your mother-in-law is coming for a visit. Get rid of any junk - trinkets and magnet collections included. If all goes well, you won’t need this stuff at your new house anyway.