Bob Vila Radio: Sale-Ready Homes

By Roseann Foley Henry | Updated May 5, 2013 2:37 PM

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Spring is a great time to sell your home. Houses tend to look their best this time of year, with fresh green lawns and colorful spring flowers. If you’re putting your house on the market this spring, here are a few tips for making it look picture-perfect for a quick sale at a great price.




Listen to BOB VILA ON SALE-READY HOMES or read the text below:

For starters, think about curb appeal. Potential buyers who pull up in front of your house should be wowed from the very first view of it—and you only get one shot at that first impression. Make sure your landscaping is tidy, your lawn is mowed, and there’s no faded or peeling paint in view. Adding a few potted plants at the front entry helps create a welcoming atmosphere.

Inside the house, clean up any clutter and reduce the number of family photos—you want potential buyers to picture themselves, not you, in this house. Open the shades and drapes to let in as much light as possible, and open a window to freshen the air. Make sure the house is as clean as whistle, too—scrub it from top to bottom, including windows. It may even make sense to recaulk or regrout old tile to liven up the kitchen and bathrooms.

Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 75 stations around the country (and growing). You can get your daily dose here, by listening to—or reading—Bob’s 60-second home improvement radio tip of the day.

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