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  Fixing To Sell - Back
Before you put your home on the market, you want everything to look as good as possible. You want maximum curb appeal to make a positive first impression, and then have the rest of the property look just as appealing. Go through your home, inside and out, and make a list of what needs to be fixed, what looks bad, what looks good, what needs to be fixed for safety reasons, and so forth.

First and foremost, you must fix any health and safety problems. This is obligatory because you donít want anyone to be hurt as a result of your negligence. Further, you could be sued if someone is injured, even after you sell the property. If youíre not certain what health and safety concerns exist, hire a professional house inspector to advise you. Your real estate professional can also guide you in this area.

Some health and safety problems that should be corrected include:

Leaks in a gas or oil heater or furnace.
Faulty wiring or connections should be corrected.
Repair breaks or cracks in flooring.
Replace any broken glass in doors or windows.
Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors as required by the law in your area.
Fill or correct holes, faults, or areas that may cause someone to trip in the yard.
Safety and health problems should be corrected by a professional. If you do the work yourself, and something goes awry after the sale and transfer of the property, you would still be liable.

If the front approach of your home isnít likely to make a good impression, there are simple cosmetic changes you can make to remedy the problem.

Mow the grass and replant any spotty, thin, or damaged areas. If necessary, replant the entire front yard, water it, and fertilize it until it looks great.
Pull the weeds.
Rake the gravel drive or walks. Clean the walks and driveway.
If the driveway is concrete, wash it. If itís asphalt or tar, resurface it.
Plant colorful flowers near the entrance, or put a large pot of flowers by the door, or at either side of the front door.
Repaint the front of your house. Take particular care with the trim around the door. If possible, replace the front door.
Paint the entry or foyer of your home to continue the fresh look inside the front door.
A few inexpensive updates can actually increase your chances of a quicker sale and a better price for your home.

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