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Selling your home? When it comes time to put your house on the market, there are a few tweaks that can make a big difference. Think about it. It may seem like extra work. It may seem like a hassle changing a house you think is perfect. It probably is perfect….for you. However, you should consider the person who is buying your home. Try and make it appeal to as many people as possible. Here’s a checklist to help you increase interest in your house and hopefully increase the sale price.

One, take away clutter. Nothing makes a place feel brighter, lighter and cleaner than creating an open space that’s easily accessible. People’s eyes will stay more focused on your home and it’s benefits and not become distracted by decor and items that are more in the way.

Two, try neutral tones. Again, you are making your house appeal to more people. If people see your home as a canvas of sorts, they can paint their own picture. In other words, they can see the possibilities of what can be. In selling my home last year, I spent about $50 on paint and brushes. I spent a day going over a dull white on the bathroom walls with a simple, pale golden color. I also used a bright white paint with a semi-gloss to brighten up and give the vanity a nice, new look. Add to it, I put in a fresh, clean white shower curtain added, new towels, a white rug and placed some fancy soaps out. This easy staging gave the bathroom a spa look. I did the mini-makeover to distract from an older tile floor and not-so-perfect shower.

Three, remember that first impressions may make it or break it. It could even mean the difference of “stop the car honey” or “keep on driving.” Clean up the yard, remove any extra items that don’t need to be around. Add a little color and some friendly flowers. Before our house hit the market, we hired a professional lawn service. For $60, we had the lawn mowed, old leaves bagged and hauled off and fallen branches removed from the yard. I also ran to Walmart and picked up two large white planters for $10. Add to it, some bright yellow mums, around another $20, that could be seen from the road. The splash of color was cheerful and welcoming.

Decluttering, a simple color change and cleaning up the yard and giving some curb appeal doesn’t have to take a ton of labor time nor a lot of cash. Usually what you put in to it, you’ll more than see the return. Our home had multiple offers and closed quickly.

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Christy Mejia Huffman joined Keller Williams Realty in 2019. She has a 20 year career in marketing, sales, and journalism. Huffman at Home is a new feature series highlighting all things real estate and lifestyle. You can reach Christy at c.huffman@kw.com.

Home-Selling Checklist: 12 Things to Do Before Selling Your House

1. Find a great real estate agent. Think you can sell your home yourself, and pocket the cash you would otherwise pay a real estate agent? ...

2. Consider your curb appeal. ...

3. Declutter living areas. ...

4. Depersonalize your space. ...

5. Repaint walls to neutral tones. ...

6. Touch up any scuff marks. ...

7. Fix any loose handles. ...

8. Add some plants.

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