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Prep Your Property to List With These Simple Strategies

Tips for Preparing Your Home to SellPreparing your home to list may seem like a daunting task, but the key is to start simple. Following are some easy yet effective ways to get your property in tip-top shape to show.

First off, de-clutter

An important first step in boosting your home’s visual appeal is to de-clutter. Doing so not only brings out the beauty in your home, it makes rooms look bigger, countertops more usable, even storage more spacious. Start with those stacks of books and papers, unnecessary items crowding your kitchen and bathroom counters, shelves piled high with knick knacks, clothes packed into closets, and the like. If you have art on the walls and shelves, pare it down to neutral visuals – you want potential buyers to see themselves, not you, in the home. Streamline furnishings and keep hallways and paths free of any objects that can impede the flow of the home. Consider these storage tips.

Make updates and repairs to fixtures

Mismatched, outdated door fixtures and cabinet handles, often overlooked by sellers, are an easy and relatively inexpensive fix that will leave buyers with the impression of a clean, attractive aesthetic. Replace burned-out bulbs and older lighting with more modern and energy-efficient options. Even an upgrade to bathroom and kitchen faucets can work wonders when you’re trying to bring rooms up-to-date.

Deep clean

Before your list, give your home a thorough cleaning, concentrating on areas that typically get less attention. Clean windows, inside and out, dust windowsills, and don’t forget the base between the window and the screen. Wipe down baseboards with a microfiber cloth, or skim along the edges with a vacuum-cleaner hose attachment. For scuff marks on walls and baseboards, swipe a melamine foam sponge (commonly called Magic Eraser). Vacuum behind and under furniture, and freshen home fabrics (couches, chairs, rugs and the like) economically and chemical-free by liberally sprinkling them with baking soda, then vacuuming as you normally would. Remember, spring cleaning is not reserved for just spring!

Preparing to Sell Your HomeBring outdoors up to snuff

Don’t forget about cleaning up outdoor spaces: Patios and decks exposed to the elements can easily fall prey to mildew. You can remove mildew from wood decks and patio furniture by wiping them with a solution of 1 cup ammonia, ½ cup of white vinegar and ¼ cup baking soda in a gallon of water. The vinegar will help to prevent future mildew growth, but you can also keep some full-strength on hand in a spray bottle for spot cleaning wherever you see mildew emerge.

Boost curb appeal

Your home’s exterior and yard are the first things potential buyers see, so it’s important to spruce up both ahead of listing. Landscaping is an important way to create a positive first impression: Adding sod, small bushes, perennials or a focal point like a stone walkway can enhance your property immensely. If you don’t want to take on a full exterior paint job, simply coat the front door in a fresh color that complements the exterior but provides just the right pop to make your home stand out. And don’t forget to power wash the siding.

For more tips about getting your Asheville-area home ready to sell, or for more information about buying or selling real estate in the Asheville area, contact us at, or call us anytime at 828-707-9556.

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