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Putting your home on the market without preparing it for sale may cause you to wait a long time for an offer, and you may not get the greatest return on your investment. You don’t need to empty your wallet to get ready to sell. While some money will be necessary for painting, replacing carpet or appliances, there are many fix-ups that cost nothing–except a little time and elbow grease.

Here are a few tips for getting your home ready to show to your best advantage:

Beautiful white, blue and beige living room.

  1. Remove clutter from closets and cupboards. Create space by storing any extra furniture that makes rooms look crowded.
  2. Clean everything in sight. Shampoo rugs and wax floors. Wash windows, clean blinds and draperies.
  3. Arrange furniture for an easy traffic flow from room to room.
  4. Scale down personal artwork, posters, signs, especially in teenagers’ rooms. Remove family photos. Create a feeling of spaciousness.
  5. Open shades and draperies to admit as much light as possible, but screen out unappealing views.
  6. Clear kitchen counters to create workspace. Keep sink shining…

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