First impressions are crucial when it comes to selling real estate. You only get one chance coming to market at a particular moment in time. You want your property to stand out and grab the attention of potential buyers as soon as your listing goes live. Paying attention to detail will truly pay off in the long run.  

Your chances of a fast sale at top dollar greatly increase if your property is clean and prepped when the photographer arrives to take listing photos. In order to maintain this cleanliness, I recommend listing for sale shortly after the photos have been taken.  


Clean windows, blinds and screens
Clean yard, mow lawn, prune trees, trim hedges
Clean gutters
Paint if need be
Clean the front door including the doorknob
Thoroughly clean the kitchen
New hand towels in the bathroom(s)
Less is more; remove clutter
Take down personal photos
Clean all carpets and flooring
Remove throw rugs if the floor is in good condition
Dust, dust, dust
Make sure everything is in good working order and do any necessary repairs

Timing is essential when it comes to selling real estate. The more time you have to prep, the better.

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