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6 Minor Fixes to Help Sell Your Home

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No matter how pretty your living room, when your home is on the market, you'll need to refresh your interiors to lure serious, potential buyers. New York-based real estate professional Trisha Ocona Francis shares simple fixes to help land the right buyer. (After clicking through the slideshow, check out Dwell's tips for buying and selling your dream home.)
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  Curb appeal. Regardless of how beautiful a home is on the inside, prospective buyers want the front to be just as appealing. Pay attention to landscaping and make sure the porch is well kept. Mow the lawn, touch up any old paint, and thoroughly wash down all windows and floors. Photo by Chad Holder.  Photo by: Chad Holder

    Curb appeal. Regardless of how beautiful a home is on the inside, prospective buyers want the front to be just as appealing. Pay attention to landscaping and make sure the porch is well kept. Mow the lawn, touch up any old paint, and thoroughly wash down all windows and floors. Photo by Chad Holder.

    Photo by: Chad Holder

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  Clean up. Your home should be tidy, but not such that the house looks impossible to live in. Unlock doors, open up closets, and eliminate clutter. Conduct a thorough cleaning, including clearing countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms, making all the beds, and vacuuming or mopping the floors. Photo by Matthew Williams.  Photo by: Matthew WilliamsCourtesy of: matthew williams

    Clean up. Your home should be tidy, but not such that the house looks impossible to live in. Unlock doors, open up closets, and eliminate clutter. Conduct a thorough cleaning, including clearing countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms, making all the beds, and vacuuming or mopping the floors. Photo by Matthew Williams.

    Photo by: Matthew Williams

    Courtesy of: matthew williams

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  Choose paint colors wisely. Your safest bet is to stick with a neutral color scheme when your home is on the market. Buyers want to be able envision the possibilities for any room and loud paint colors interrupt this process. You can add a pop of color in the form of accessories like a throw pillow for the living room sofa or a vase for a nightstand. Photo by Kasia Gatkowska.  Photo by: Kasia GatkowskaCourtesy of: Kasia Gatkowska

    Choose paint colors wisely. Your safest bet is to stick with a neutral color scheme when your home is on the market. Buyers want to be able envision the possibilities for any room and loud paint colors interrupt this process. You can add a pop of color in the form of accessories like a throw pillow for the living room sofa or a vase for a nightstand. Photo by Kasia Gatkowska.

    Photo by: Kasia Gatkowska

    Courtesy of: Kasia Gatkowska

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  Good lighting. Every inch of the property needs to be clearly visible to a potential buyer. Turn on all lights and open windows to allow natural light to flow in. The property must feel bright, especially since buyers will be examining it closely. Photo by Derek Shapton.  Photo by: Derek ShaptonCourtesy of: Derek Shapton

    Good lighting. Every inch of the property needs to be clearly visible to a potential buyer. Turn on all lights and open windows to allow natural light to flow in. The property must feel bright, especially since buyers will be examining it closely. Photo by Derek Shapton.

    Photo by: Derek Shapton

    Courtesy of: Derek Shapton

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  Set your dining table. Buyers expect to picture what it would be like to enjoy family dinner in the home’s dining area. The table should be set nicely with simple dishware, fresh flowers, and four or more dining chairs. Photo by Leslie Williamson.

    Set your dining table. Buyers expect to picture what it would be like to enjoy family dinner in the home’s dining area. The table should be set nicely with simple dishware, fresh flowers, and four or more dining chairs. Photo by Leslie Williamson.

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  Use a light fragrance. Scents like lemon or vanilla, which aren’t overbearing, help create a welcoming atmosphere. Light a candle or two, or buy fresh flowers for a subtle aroma. Photo by James Silverman.  Photo by: James SilvermanCourtesy of: James Silverman

    Use a light fragrance. Scents like lemon or vanilla, which aren’t overbearing, help create a welcoming atmosphere. Light a candle or two, or buy fresh flowers for a subtle aroma. Photo by James Silverman.

    Photo by: James Silverman

    Courtesy of: James Silverman

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