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Tips for Selling Your Martha's Vineyard Home


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.


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. 


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"