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SWDesert Homes in Tucson & Marana          
Long Realty Dove Mountain REALTOR    
Call Cara Mancuso, REALTOR®, at (520) 909-2988

Preparing Your Home for Sale

First Impressions Count – What is your curbside appeal?  Yard mowed or raked?  Bushes trimmed?  Sidewalks tidy?  Driveway weed and stain free?  What about your entryway?  Is it swept and clutter free?

A Little Dab’ll Do Ya!  Spackle, caulking, painting – you can do it!  If your trim is neat and repaired, everything has a fresh, appealing coat of paint, holes, touch ups all taken care of-- nothing quite says move-in ready like new paint.  Don’t forget fences and patios/decks.

Closets – No, they are not good hiding places.  Buyers WILL open the doors!  If they are overloaded – you plan to move anyway!  Pack up your seasonal, extra, rarely-needed items NOW and store them AWAY from the home you are trying to sell.  An organized closet tells folks you have pride of ownership and take loving care of details.

Get a new Cover!  Outlets and switches.  It is amazing what fresh covers will do for your overall look, and at  in-expensive prices!  Pre-cut pads under the plates add to efficiency, reducing drafts and insuring a snug fit.

Turn the light on!  Lights should be working, and have all the bulbs installed.  Don’t forget to clean your fan blades.

Kitchens – the less clutter the better.  Keep your appliances off the cabinets and dishes out of the sink.  Wipe down the fronts of your electronics and your sink each day.  Consider new drawer and cupboard pulls!

Garage – make sure at least one car fits comfortably.  Clean floor stains and arrange storage neatly.

Cleanliness is next to Godliness.  It’s difficult when you inhabit the home.  We know that, the buyers know that.  Keeping floors vacuumed and mopped, items stored away, is a must.  No arguments.

This is only a partial list, but some of the more affordable alternatives when readying your home for market.

Do you need your carpets cleaned, floors refinished, home professionally painted?  I have a trusted list of vendors I’m happy to share for all your home needs!  Give me a call and together we can work together to get your home sold as quickly as possible.

Don’t forget about the option of having the help of a professional stager.  Stagers can dramatically increase your chances of a quicker sale.  Another option that can help the seller is to have a “pre-inspection” completed.  Contact me for more details.