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Tips and tricks to get top dollar for your Indianapolis Indiana area home.

  1. Start with your lawn.
    • Is the lawn trimmed and edged?
    • Are the flower beds clear of leaves, weeds and grass?
    • Do the flower beds have adequate flowers, bark or mulching?
    • Are all outdoor fixtures in good condition: gas grill, outdoor lights, mailbox, fencing, basketball hoops, etc.?
    • Are there any bare spots in the lawn, big holes, ruts, or weeds that can be repaired?
    • Does the lawn have a manicured look?
    • If it is winter, be sure and remove the snow and ice from the sidewalks and steps.
  2. Then look at your front door area
    • Is the front door clean?
    • Does the doorbell work?
    • Is the storm door in good condition?
    • Is the front step or porch in good condition?
  3. How does the interior look?
    • Are the walls clean or do they look like they need a fresh coat of paint?
    • Consider removing any wallpaper that is not neutral and limits decorating potential.
    • Are there any nail holes in the walls?
    • Should the ceiling be textured to cover any flaws?
    • Are the switch plates clean?
  4. Are the windows clean?
    • Open your drapes and blinds before showings for lots of natural light.
    • Make sure your window coverings are clean.
  5. Your kitchen must be clean to get top dollar
    • Make sure the interior of the oven, the stove top and the dishwasher are stain free.
    • Clear the cabinets of extra items and make sure the interiors and exteriors are clean.
    • Countertops should be clean and free of clutter.
    • Baking soda is good for removing stains from the countertops.
  6. The bathrooms are very important
    • The shower doors, ceramic tile and grouting should be clean and free of soap film.
    • The fixtures should be polished and free of water marks.
    • The toilet seat should be in good condition. If it is not, replace it.
    • Make sure the exhaust fan is working property.
  7. Make all of your rooms appear large
    • Remove excess furniture from a room that appears cramped.
    • Pick up newspapers, toys, and other articles prior to showings.
    • Make sure the stairway is clear.
  8. Your closets should look roomy
    • The closets should be neat and organized.
    • Wall surfaces should be clean. Do they need paint?
    • The shelving and hardware should be in good repair.
    • Closet doors should operate smoothly and quietly.
  9. All around the house
    • Check the basement, garage and other areas for excess items.
    • Eliminate damp smell in the basement or crawl space. A bag of limestone should help.
    • Brighten dark walls with a coat of paint.
    • Make sure all of the light bulbs work.
    • Window areas should be clean and the windows should operate properly.
    • Floor coverings should be clean and look new to get top dollar. If your carpets are old, consider replacing them.
    • Steps and handrails should be in good repair.
    • If you have a sump pump, the pit should be clean and the pump should be in good condition.
  10. How about the major appliances?
    • The furnace filter should be clean.
    • The exterior of the water heater, furnace and water softener should be clean.
    • All kitchen appliances should work properly.
    • Does the garage door opener work properly? Is it quiet?
  11. Minor flaws suggest to the prospect that the property has been neglected
    • Make sure the screen doors close tightly.
    • If you have a storage shed, is it in good repair?
    • Is the driveway in good condition?
    • How about the gutters and downspouts? Are they in good shape?
    • Has the roof reached the end of its useful life?
    • Are hardwood and vinyl floors in good shape?
  12. Invite us to your home and we will give you our opinion of your home's market potential.

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