Selling your home is more than signing a listing agreement. There are a lot of preparations you should make to ensure you get the best offer possible in the shortest time.

Repair. Just because you’ve gotten used to the cracks in the walls and the rattles in the radiators doesn’t mean a buyer will too. If you have hardwood floors that need refinishing, be sure to get it done—hardwood is a huge selling point. Buyers like to snoop around, so be sure to fix any sticky doors or drawers as well. If you need a handyman I can recommend one!

Neutralize. You want buyers to see themselves in your home. If your living room has lime green shag, wood-paneled walls, and all your collectibles and personal photographs, this will be much harder for them to do. Try replacing any bold color choices in your floors and walls with something more neutral—beiges, tans, and whites. Repainting and reflooring will make everything look fresh and new, and help prospective buyers imagine all the possibilities. I can also recommend a painter!

Enhancements and/or Staging. Once your house is clean and updated or even before that I can have a design specialist view your home and make recommendations. So often now sellers have already been watching HDTV and more aware of what helps sell a home. The stylist or home stager can make recommendations and add small details and décor touches that will bring out the possibilities in the various spaces in your home: lamps, mirrors, throw rugs and pillows, flowers, and towels. As I have collected staging items such as lamps, pillows, etc. to use, it may not cost you anything, or if you just need virtual staging of a room or two I can do that for free as well. Full or partial home staging by a professional stager is more expensive, but sometimes the best way to go if your home is especially dated or only partially furnished. You can contact me for more information at or (617) 283-1675.

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