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Maintaining Your Home
Spend some time and a few dollars each year to maintain your property. It will save having to renovate it at a later date.
A front door is hard and expensive to replace. Fix it, paint it. Do whatever can be done to protect it from the weather
Scrape off chipping paint on the gutters and have the gutters painted if necessary. Touch up the rough spots on the house. It could save you from having to paint the entire house.
Trim shaggy shrubbery don't let it overgrow. Clean up the yard and remove any trash. Have the lawn fertilized and keep it cut.
Replace any broken steps leading to the door. Have the driveway sealed.
If you have a garage, keep its door closed. If your garage is filled with junk, get rid of it. Rodents and bugs love trash.
Inside the house
Concentrate on the kitchen and the bathrooms. Remove excess tables or stools that take up space.
In the bathrooms, check the caulking around the tubs; clean and scrub the tiles.
Clean up the bedrooms. Make them cheery and bright. If you have a huge dresser in the smallest bedroom, move it to another room. People like spacious looking bedrooms.
Make all the rooms look as roomy as possible. Push chairs, and sofas against the walls to get a feeling of roominess. Store or throw out surplus dishes, pots, pans and anything else that make finding important things more difficult.
Paint faded walls. You don't have to redo the entire inside of the house, but a fresh coat of paint in a neutral color or white, could brighten your whole house and will increase your chances of getting a better price.
Show big closets. You can't really make them bigger, of course, but you can make them look big by reorganizing or removing some of your clothing. Rent storage space if necessary, but make sure your closets aren't jammed full.
Get leaky faucets fixed! The leaks may be minor, but even small leaks waste a lot of water.
Clear out the basement. Remove any accumulated junk you've been meaning to throw out for years.
If the walls are in poor shape, a coat of white waterproof paint will protect them and keep moisture out.
Clean out your attic. Don't wait until it becomes an impossible task.
Make sure that basic parts of the house, such as the heating and cooling system, the wiring and plumbing are in adequate working condition.
Your goal is to avoid major repairs.