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Prepping your home for sale.

Posted on July 22, 2013 by Miller and Smith Blog Team

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One of the dangers of visiting our models is you may come away with a homework assignment—the sudden need to sell your current home so you can become a Miller & Smith homeowner.

We’re not going to sugar coat it. Prepping your home for sale isn’t fun, but it doesn’t have to overwhelm you or eat up all of your free time from now until moving day.

Follow these simple tips to get your current home ready and keep your eyes on the prize—a brand new Miller & Smith home to call your own.

Tip 1. Cut the cord.

Once you decide to sell your home, get yourself mentally prepared to move on. Visualize yourself handing over the keys to the new owners and take comfort knowing that they will love it just as much as you did.

Tip 2. Take down family photos and personal mementos.

It’s difficult for prospective buyers to imagine themselves living in your home if the walls are covered with your family photos and keepsakes. Remember, you want them picturing their own photos hanging on the walls, which isn’t easy to do with your kids, dog, and crazy Uncle Gus staring back at them.

Tip 3. De-clutter, de-clutter, de-clutter.

As much as you adore your display of antique salt and pepper shakers and all of the furniture that your relatives have passed down to you, they’re not going to help sell your home. In fact, they may hurt. Clutter does nothing but shrink your space in the eyes of a buyer.

Tip 4. Organize closets, pantries and other storage areas.

Storage is a hugely desirable feature in any home so you should do whatever you can to emphasize it. Box up clothes that you rarely use and toss out those half-eaten boxes of cereal that are just taking up space in your pantry. You might even consider renting a storage space so you can thin out your attic, basement and garage. You’re going to have to do it eventually, so why not jump on it now and reap the rewards in both time and money.

Tip 5. Spring clean like you’ve never spring cleaned before.

Nothing makes a bad first impression like a dirty, dingy home. So make sure yours is as clean as possible prior to putting it on the market.

  • Wash all of your windows (inside and out)
  • Re-caulk tubs, showers and sinks
  • Re-grout or bleach old, dirty grout
  • Clean all mirrors and polish all fixtures
  • Clean all rugs and carpeting and vacuum daily
  • Clean your hardwood floors
  • Dust furniture, ceiling fan blades and light fixtures