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Expert Advice: 10 Ways to Prepare Your Home to Sell for Top Dollar

Lovingly maintained with designer upgrades in a premier Park Cities location. 3224 Centenary Ave.  Photos /Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty

It’s true…within seconds of walking in the door, buyers have made up their mind about your treasured home. Do yourself a favor and educate yourself on how to best prepare your home if you’re looking to achieve top dollar. Below, real estate professionals share their advice on the 10 best ways to polish a home to inspire a profitable sale.

A Fresh Coat – Like a woman putting on her makeup, an artfully applied coat of neutral paint shows a fresh face to potential buyers and can take years off a home’s appearance.

Clear Out and Clean Up – Make room for new owners by clearing at least 50 percent of your belongings. A rented storage pod is the perfect place to store knickknacks, seasonal decorations and out-of-season clothes. And be sure that every surface is clean and pristine – especially the carpets.

Buff Up the Bathrooms – Hire a professional to steam, scrub and polish grout and tile. A bathroom should shine like a new penny.

Set the Stage – Let’s face it. In this HGTV-inspired world, buyers expect homes to look like they’ve materialized right out of the pages of a magazine. A stager’s job is not just to make a house look presentable; it’s to make a home appeal to every targeted buyer. Some agents report that the money spent on a stager comes back threefold.

Fix the Weakest Link – Invest in improvements that create the biggest bang: Update the kitchen backsplash with glass tile, install French or folding patio doors, replace outdated carpeting.

Let the Light In – If it’s light and bright, it sells. Open a home to new possibilities by removing shutters, shades and heavy drapes, and clean windows until they sparkle.

$100 Kitchen Upgrade – It’s a DIY’s favorite (read easiest) project. Remove outdated hardware from kitchen, bathroom and built-in cabinets and install cool or classic knobs and pulls. This simple addition can take years off of a tired room.

Make Room – Replace old wire or plastic closet hangers with slim, felt hangers to create the illusion of more storage room in closets.

Say Welcome – Nothing says “You’re Home” like a beautiful entryway. Give the front door a fresh coat of paint, polish the door knocker, straighten the mailbox and roll out a new welcome mat.

Make it the Great Outdoors – Today’s buyers consider outdoor spaces to be part of the home. Clear out old shrubbery and leaves, mow, edge and trim and add mulch and seasonal plantings.

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