You are about to make a big decision; putting your home up for sale but there are some very important things you need to do before the sign goes in the yard and you open your doors to potential buyers.

Getting these things checked off the list will help get you to a quicker and more profitable sale. Here are some tips to get you started:

1. Sit down with your real estate professional. Come up with a game plan and set a realistic asking price. Make decisions about marketing and showing availability. Pre-scheduling meetings or times to catch up with your agent will help keep the lines of communication open.

2. Get your paperwork in order. Prepare a list of repairs, upgrades that have been done to your home. Assemble all maintenance records, warranty information and user guides for appliances in the home. If you do not have them many are available on the internet. It will show potential home buyers you care about your home.

3. Clean your home top to bottom. Wash the walls, shampoo the rugs, touch up the paint and get every cobweb from the corners. Remember your home will be looked at very closely and the last thing you want is a buyer to be turned off by a little dirt.

4. Organize and declutter everywhere. You have probably acquired quite a bit of stuff. Go through every closet, cabinet, and start clearing out. You may want to have a yard sale or donate unwanted items to charity. For the things that you must keep consider a storage unit.

5. Get a home inspection. Have a pre-sale inspection of your home. This will prevent any surprises and help you identify any problem areas in your home. Repairs can affect the ultimate sale price of your home. For problem areas, make repairs or get estimates. This will help you determine what the ultimate sale price or items you may need to be prepared to negotiate on.

6. Stage the home to sell. Hire a professional stager to dress your home for sale. You will want to stage the home inside and out. Research shows that staged homes typically sell for more money.

Congratulations you are well on your way to a successful sale.


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This Single-Family in Framingham, MA recently sold for $490,000.

This is a Colonial/Garrison style home and features 8 total rooms, 3 full baths, 1 half bath, 4 bedrooms, 1.07 acres, and was sold by
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Framingham, MA:

This Single-Family in Framingham, MA recently sold for $415,000.

This is a Multi-Level style home and features 7 total rooms, 2 full baths, 1 half bath, 3 bedrooms, 0.38 acres, and was sold by
Kathy Foran – REALTY EXECUTIVES Boston West

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front doorThe quickest and easiest way to spruce up your house’s exterior appearance is to paint your front door, or even all outside doors. An eye-popping bright red (provided it doesn’t clash with your siding) draws the viewer to a welcoming entryway, and flaws elsewhere may go unnoticed. You may be surprised at how easy and satisfying an hour of work can bring about such a change in your house’s looks.

Not a fan of red doors? Other bright colors that contrast with the color of your house will work as well. The colors are endless; just go to a reputable paint store and collect some paint samples and bring them home to try them out in the bright sunshine. You may be surprised how different the colors look in the real light as opposed to artificial light. Just make sure to buy outdoor paint; ask the salesperson for advice if you are not sure. Get all the supplies while you are there: painter’s tape to tape around the windows of the door(s) and knob, small rollers and paint brushes that are suitable for the type of paint you select and a paint tray. Protective gloves will help keep your hands clean and paint free, too.

After completing the job, you will be pleased with your work and you can sit back and relax. Just remember to check periodically for peeling and chips. The sun shining brightly on your door can cause fading and peeling. Touch up as needed.

If you are tired of the color, it’s quick and relatively easy to change colors. This is a nice way of making your outside doors look clean and attractive.

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