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Thursday, January 31, 2013


Looking to take advantage of the early spring surge in Rhode Island's real estate market? Ready to sell? Here are eight simple things you can do to spruce up your abode and make it more attractive to buyers.


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Tip 1: Exterior

Take Curb Appeal Literally

There's no undoing a first impression, so take the notion of  "curb appeal" literally. How clean and presentable is your curb? Does it need to be swept?  What about leaves, cigarette butts or other debris? Give it all a thorough cleaning. 

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Tip 2: Exterior

Sidewalk Savvy

The space between your curb and your home can send a bad message, so do everything you can to make that space look good. Prune back weeds or grass growing in the cracks and crevices of your curbs and sidewalks. Concrete curbs (sidewalks, driveways, etc.) that are badly cracked or broken should be replaced.  You'll be amazed at how other things in your yard start taking on a much more attractive look.

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Tip 3: Exterior

It's Not Just the Inside That Counts

Landscape your yard, and keep it clean! Make sure that your trees and bushes are pruned, and your grass is cut. Maybe even plant some pretty flowers. A nice yard automatically adds to any house.

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Tip 4: Exterior

Wash It Down

Wash down the exterior of your house. You don't necessarily need to rent a power washer--a hose and broom and some dishwashing cleanser work great.

Once everything is shipshape, make sure you make a weekly check for cobwebs, spider webs and hornets nests. 

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Tip 5: Interiors

Walls, Walls, Walls

Re-paint your walls and ceilings - often, they are the first things buyers will see when they walk in your house. A good, new coat of paint, or even a new color, can totally change the feel of a room.

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Tip 6: Interior

Brighten Up Your Home

Get some simple, inexpensive fluorescent light bulbs to give your home a brighter look. Make sure all your lights have working bulbs, and don't forget to turn them on when a prospective buyer comes to check out your house.

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Tip 7: Interior

Get Rid of That Clutter

Make sure to keep clutter to a minimum - if rooms are too crowded with your stuff, they may look smaller, and prospective buyers won't be able to picture them with their things in there. Consider investing in short-term storage for all that extra stuff. 

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Tip 8: Interior

On That Note, Cleanliness Counts

Since you never know when a prospective buyer might come by, it's important to keep your house clean the interior and the exterior. That includes the gutters, the siding, the floors, the windows, the walls, etc. And since no one likes a bad smell, keep your house smelling fresh. It will pay off in the long run! 


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