Preparing your Santa Fe Home for Sale

With a little effort, your home can be sold more quickly and at a better price. These tips have proven invaluable to owners and are worth your special attention.

First Impressions are Lasting
The front door greets the prospect. Make sure the door is fresh and scrubbed clean and that the general appearance of the house exterior is attractive. Check for chipped paint and other signs of wear.

Decorate for a Quick Sale
Why try to tell the prospect how your home could look when you can show them? Faded walls and worn woodwork reduce appeal. A quicker sale at a higher price will result if you freshen up the paint, refinish wood or tile floors, shampoo carpeting and replace worn wallpaper.

Repairs Can Make a Big Difference
Small flaws in the house can distract the buyer and most take so little time to fix. When people see areas of disrepair, they begin to wonder whether there may be other unseen problems. Look for repairs needed; including loose knobs, broken or loose locks, windows, screens, doors, handles, cabinets, drawers, storm windows and leaky faucets, then fix them!

Make Closets Look Bigger
Organized closets appear larger. Clean out crowded, cluttered closets and store unused items and out-of-season clothes elsewhere.

Arrange Bedrooms Neatly
Remove excess furniture and clutter from dressers and table tops. Use attractive bedding and freshly laundered curtains.

Lawn and Garden
This is the first place a buyer sees. Keep landscaping trimmed and the yard free of weeds and refuse.

Let the Sun Shine In
Open draperies and curtains and let the prospective buyer see how cheerful your home can be. Dark rooms do not appeal to buyers. Replace all burned-out light bulbs.

From Top to Bottom
Display the full value of your attic, basement and other utility space by removing all unnecessary items. Brighten dark, dull basements and other spaces by painting in light colors.

Bathrooms Help Sell Homes
Check and repair caulking in bathtubs and showers. A fresh sparkling, shiny-clean bathroom is attractive to buyers.

Wash Windows
Keep windows clean. Hang attractive curtains, drapes or blinds. Make sure windows and ledges are spotless. Many buyers check the view from within the house, so let your windows provide the perfect “frame!”

Think in terms of a home that is sparkling clean, uncluttered and spacious.

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