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Your Plan of Attack
Strengthen your Credit
Do your “Home’work"
Types of Homes
The Home Inspection
The Closing
Closing Costs

Marketing your Home
Pricing your Home
Telling the World
Protect your Privacy & Security
Creating Curb Appeal
Home Improvements
School and municipality info listed by county & town.



Real Estate Information for Sellers:
Creating Curb Appeal

Inside & Outside the Home
First impressions matter.

  • Make sure your home is clean.
  • Replace broken or dangerous steps.
  • Make certain all doors open and are in working order.
  • Cut new keys for all doors, safety devices, etc.
  • Be sure that all locks are in proper working order

What buyers see first!
A few tips for improving your home’s “curb appeal” include:

  • Make your house number visible; either alongside your front door or on a mailbox—or both.
  • Trim shrubbery and manicure lawns; weed-free and add to flowerbeds. Rake leaves or debris.
  • Repaint house, garage and any fencing (or the trim of each if you’re on a limited budget).
  • Clean (sweep or shovel) the sidewalk, walkway and driveway. Fill cracks or crevices.
  • Clean shutters, gutters and downspouts.
  • Create a front door entry that is clean, painted and oiled so it shines and swings open smoothly.
  • Ensure that window coverings are clean and not damaged.
  • Make sure outdoor lighting is working properly.
  • Remove any large items from your home: put cars in garage and park down the street, bicycles, basketball hoops, garden hoses, etc. should be put away and out sight.

Once buyers are hooked!
A few tips for improving your home’s interior include

  • Let the sunshine. A brighter home is a more welcome home.
  • Clean the house (carpets and draperies) and search for and remove any hazards, e.g., throw rugs, extension cords, children’s toys.
  • Add a colorful floral arrangement(s) or new plants to brighten up and give the home that “lived-in” feel.
  • Replace burnt-out or dim light bulbs.
  • Check that all doors and windows operate freely and smoothly. Search for dry rot, broken seals, dirt, etc. and make sure screens are working.
  • Empty the dishwasher and kitchen sink—and your trash.
  • Put new knobs and door handles on kitchen cabinets.
  • Replace shower curtains and add matching towels (if within your budget).
  • Close toilet lids and add liquid toilet flush cleaner. Light a candle.
  • Make any necessary repairs.
  • Eliminate pet odors—and the pets themselves during home showings and open houses.
  • Perform a plumbing and electrical systems check.
  • Clean fireplace (and have one burning if weather calls for heat in the home).

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