"Quick Tips For a Fast Sale"

When it's time to sell your home, it's the little things that count.

Here's a hot list of cool moves that make your home more saleable, at a higher price.

Capitalize on first impressions

·  Sweep the street in front of your house and clear all steps and walkways of debris, including pet droppings.

·  Make sure the siding on your house is clean. Wash all the windows until they sparkle.

·  Consider a fresh coat of paint. At least paint the trim, front door and shutters.

·  Check all lighting to make sure they work. Install new bulbs, if needed.

Pump up curb appeal

·  Water and mow the lawn. Rake the leaves.

·  Trim trees. Plant colorful flowers.

·  Stow bicycles, toys, gardening equipment and other items typically left outside or in the yard.

·  Garage the car or park on the street to leave ample parking for prospective buyers.

Set the stage

·  Organize. Remove all clutter, including items such as small appliances, gadgets, toys and memorabilia.

·  Hide or temporarily disconnect tangles of obtrusive extension cords, computer network wiring, cables and like wiring or cabling.

·  Organize cabinets to demonstrate ample storage space.

·  Recycle or store away newspapers, magazines and other publications.

·  Board pets, send them to the neighbors or keep them out of sight. Remove pet odors, put away the litter box, store pet toys.

·  Bake cookies, burn scented candles or fire up the fireplace to make the house smell pleasant and feel cozy.

· Stash valuables, including medications, in a safe, secure place.

Offer informative disclosures, via fact sheets, brochures

·  Have any inspection on hand.

·  Provide a list of all home improvements, new appliances, fixtures, etc.

·  Prepare take-away brochures and flyers about the property, the neighborhood, area schools and local services, attractions and destinations.

Be a good neighbor

·  Make sure your agent has communicated with the neighbors to inform them of any open house dates.

·  Invite the neighbors for a private showing one hour prior to the public open house.