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Tips for Selling Your Martha's Vineyard Home

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First impressions are usually the ones that last.  There are many things you can do to ensure that potential buyers leave your home with a good lasting impression.

Exterior 

A home that is clean and looks well-maintained has good "curb appeal".  Potential buyers are enticed to see the interior.  The following are strategies for enhancing the exterior of your home.

  • Clear away any litter between the street and your front door.
  • Trim back any shrubs that protrude into the walkway or that cover windows.
  • Replace any cracked or broken window glass.
  • Oil any squeaky door hinges.
  • Pick up any clutter in the yard, particularly scattered toys.
  • Paint front door in a color that complements the exterior of the house. 

Interior 

Most buyers are looking for homes that are clean and well-maintained and have a "ready to move into" look.  The following are strategies for preparing the interior of your home for sale:

  • Thoroughly clean all rooms.
  • Painting is often the easiest way to freshen up scuffed, fingerprint-laden walls.  Choose neutral colors that appeal to most people.
  • Check to make sure that all exterior doors are easy to operate and lock properly.
  • People like houses that are bright.  Dark areas can be lightened by using brighter light bulbs.
  • Create an unobstructed "walking path" through your home.  Buyers shouldn't have to maneuver around too much furniture.  It may mean putting some of your furniture in storage.
  • Remove many of your personal items such as photographs and knick-knacks.  Buyers like to envision themselves in your space.  This is easier to do when they are working with a "clean slate".

These strategies were taken from the "First American Title Insurance Company Brokers Advantage Division" publication entitled "Make a Great First Impression:  Successful Strategies for Selling Your Home"