Maureen Casey Cappadona
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.

Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc
Bethesda Gateway
Cell: 301.215.6815
Office: 301.907.7600

Once you have made the decision to sell your property, you will want to put the property in the absolute best possible condition. Properties in good condition sell quickly and at the best price.

The first step in doing this is to make the house presentable and appealing. This is not difficult but it does take some thought and planning.

The first step is to “neutralize” the decorating; buyers need to be able to visualize their furnishings and personal property in the space rather than getting distracted by yours. Removing personal photographs, artwork, and collectibles is essential. Cleaning out closets, storage spaces, and shelving opens up the areas.

Removing furnishings and clutter from all rooms allows for better visualization of future possibilities. Wash all the windows and doors, inside and out. Put the brightest light bulbs in all fixtures.

It is usually a good idea to paint the interior. Personal colors and/or wall coverings do not translate well to potential buyers. Neutral colors and white trim appear as a blank canvas, bring in light, and make the rooms appear larger.

Once all that is done, a good, thorough cleaning will make everything shine. Since the outside of the property is the first thing most buyers see, it is a good idea to tweak the “curb appeal.”

The first step is to paint the front door and put a beautiful wreath on it. Touching up the outside trim and repairing or replacing any damaged gutters and downspouts gives the property a well cared for look. No matter what season it is be sure to pay attention to your gardens, shrubs, and landscaping. Some new plantings, trimming and pruning make a big difference.

And last, but not least, spread some dark mulch throughout your garden beds. It looks great and it smells like spring which is a great time to sell a house.

Maureen Casey Cappadona is a real estate agent with Long & Foster in Bethesda; or 301.215.6815



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