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REAL ESTATE GUIDE | SELLING TIPS

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Avoid Buyer Turnoffs

inter brings
with it an array
of problems. Cold
temperatures and
precipitation wreak
havoc on our homes
and add extra steps
to our day-to-day
routines.

Don’t let these pesky
problems translate into buyers
turning up their noses. Here
are just a few areas to focus
your attention.
OutdOOr Gear
Colder months bring
with them the added bonus
of many extra layers and
outwear accessories. This
can quickly turn into a lot of
clutter.
Make sure you have space
for all the extra seasonal gear.
Keep a basket by your coat
rack for gloves and hats, and
put away coats that are not
being used.
Don’t let the first thing
potential buyers see when
they walk through the door
be a pile of muddy boots and
a mountain of coats.
Mechanical
MalfunctiOns
It is never more important
than right before you list to

Don’t let the first thing potential buyers see
when they walk through the door be a pile
of muddy boots and a mountain of coats.
check up on all major systems
— especially for a winter
listing. Be sure to service your
furnace and make sure your
water heater is in good shape.
Consider replacing
outdated appliances. This is a
great time to concentrate on
greener, more efficient models.
By making sure all the
essentials are in good working

order, you can put a potential
buyer at ease knowing they
won’t need to tackle any
major projects directly after
purchasing.
Pet PatrOl
Winter months also bring
with them a certain level of
dampness, which makes pet
odors more apparent. Stay

on top of cleaning cages or
kennels, and sweeping and
vacuuming to eliminate these
lingering odors.
If you have a cat or dog
that sheds excessively, be sure
to regularly take a lint brush
to the furniture.
dated hardware
Dated hardware is one of

the most common turn-offs
for buyers and one of the
easiest upgrades a seller can
make.
Cabinet hardware and door
hardware are the likeliest
offenders — and changing
them out takes only a bit of
time, money and a Philipshead screwdriver.

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