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1. Make Maintenance Improvements
There are a number of improvements that are relatively easy and inexpensive to make and can substantially improve a home's appearance.
Trim trees and shrubs which touch or overhang the house.
Apply new caulking and weatherstripping, as needed, around windows and doors.
Clean gutters of debris and leaves; repair or replace cracked or broken gutters, downspouts and extensions to ensure proper drainage.
Replace bathroom caulk or grouting where necessary to prevent seepage and improve appearance.
Ventilate closed basements and crawl spaces or install a dehumidifier to prevent excessive moisture build-up.
Regrade soil around the foundation, as needed, to keep water away from the house.
Replace dirty filters (every six months) in the heating and air conditioning systems.
Have the heating and air conditioning cleaned, and install chimney hoods or caps as needed.
2. Pay Attention To Details
Fixing even minor items can go a long way toward improving that important first impression of your home.
Repair leaky faucets.
Tighten loose doorknobs.
Replace damaged screens.
Replace broken panes of glass/sash cords.
Replace burned-out light bulbs.
Secure loose railings.
Repair and coat driveway.
Repair peeling wallpaper.
Clean and/or paint walls as necessary.
3. Take Safety Precautions
Pay attention to items relating to protecting the home and its occupants from danger.
Install smoke detectors on each level.
Have an electrician install Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter outlets in “wet” areas, such as bathrooms and kitchens.
Store flammable products away from the furnace, water heater and fireplaces.
4. Make Cosmetic Improvements
An attractive, clean and neat appearance will enhance your home's appeal.
Keep the lawn mowed and the house picked up.
Clean exterior walls, stairs and trim; repaint if necessary.
Open window shades and curtains to create a bright, inviting atmosphere.
Keep the kitchen and bathrooms clean, since buyers scrutinize these areas.
5. Prepare For The Buyer's Inspection
It's a good idea to assemble in advance various house records that can be used to answer questions from buyers and home inspectors.
Appliance receipts, service records and warranties.
Information on the age of major components such as the furnace, air conditioner, water heater and roof.
Major component warranties (e.g. roof, furnace etc.)
Gas and electric bills from the previous 12 months.
Remove excess clutter from basement, attic and garage areas to give buyers and home inspectors access to the heating system, electrical equipment and structure.

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