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Focus on curb appeal. Admit it: First impressions matter. So a house with chipping paint, overgrown bushes and patchy grass won't make a good impression. Trimmed bushes, added new mulch and put new flowers in the planters in the front of the house. If your grass is brown, consider adding sod, so the grass looks good. Yes, you might have to spend some money to make the exterior of your house more appealing, but it's money well spent if it gets potential buyers in the door. 

Make all necessary repairs. Even minor things, such as a leaky faucet or chipped paint on a baseboard, can suggest to buyers that you might not be maintaining the house well in other ways, too. If your fence is worn, consider replacing  the portions of the fence in our backyard that are dilapidated and a major eyesore. 

Stage the house. Staging involves deeply cleaning, decluttering, depersonalizing and arranging furnishings to make your house as appealing as possible. According to a survey by the International Association of Home Staging Professionals and StagedHomes.com, 95% of staged homes sell in 23 days or less, on average. So paint those walls that need a face lift. You may need to storage a few things to keep the house looking clean and clutter free.

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