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Think of your house as a "PRODUCT". You need to "package" it attractively to create a demand for it.Here are some fast, inexpensive changes that should make your home stand out amoung similarly-priced houses in your neighborhood. IT BEGINS WITH THE EXTERIOR! Your yard, and the exterior of your house, is the first impression that potential buyers have of your home. YARD. Keep your lawn neat and well trimmed. Consider replanting flowers or creating a flowerbed to enhance the appearance of your yard. If it is the fall, make sure the lawn is raked at all times. And in the Wintertime, clear snow from your driveway and walkways. THE FRONT DOOR. Make sure your door is tightly on its hinges! Furthermore, the door should be neat and clean. Paint it if it needs it. Finally, a holiday ornament on the door, like a wreath, adds a nice touch. Consider adding an inviting "welcome" mat. HOME EXTERIOR. Check for flat-fitting roof shingles, straight lines on gutters, shutters, windows, and siding: solid caulking around roofs and seams. Apply fresh paint where it needs it. Also, make sure the windows are crystal clear; potential buyers often peer through the windows. THE INTERIOR LIGHTS. During all showings for potential buyers make sure ALL the lights are on. This makes rooms appear more inviting and spacious. Also, make sure curtains are always up to let as much sunlight in as possible. SMELL. I recommend using a vanilla air freshener that applies directly to your air filter to give your home that "new model home" aroma. REMOVE EXCESS FURNITURE. By removing as much furniture as possible your rooms appear dramatically larger. THE LIVING ROOM. Strive for lived-in, cosy feeling. Discard worn, chipped, frayed furniture. Add lamps if the room is dark. Open curtains. Set out fresh flowers. THE KITCHEN. Many buyers judge the house keeping by the oven and stove. Appliances should be spotless and everything works perfectly. Replace or repair anything that sticks, squeaks or drips. Clear clutter from counter tops. THE MASTER BEDROOM. This is the second most appealing room to a buyer (after the Kitchen). Remove excess furniture to make it appear larger. Show the true size of the closets by removing or packing items that can be stored elsewhere. BATHROOMS. Make sure that bathrooms are always neat and clean. Remove clutter from countertops. Make sure showers are free of scum and tile grout is in good shape. Most buyers pay close attention to this. BASEMENT. If possible, make the basement look like a "living area". Clear out as much clutter as possible. (Consider moving it into storage). If you have an extra sofa, loveseat or coffee table, consider creating a living area. WHEN YOU LET POTENTIAL BUYERS IN THE DOOR Make sure that the exterior and interior are both in order. Appeal to the buyers' senses by putting on some classical or jazz music playing softly on the stereo. As your neighbourhood real estate professional, this report was prepared to help educate you and help maximize the marketability of your house. These ideas are based on my collective experience. I hope you found them to be useful. If there is ever any way that I can be of service to you or anyone you know, please contact me at (416) 720-6454. There is no obligation and I would love to help you.

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