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4 things you should remove from your home before putting it on the market

Selling your home means making it look it’s best, but there are other things to consider as well.

1. Duplicate items

If you have numerous televisions, computers, dressers, and desks, you should reduce the number of each by as many as possible. Having a room with 3 desks might work for your family, but it won’t help your home sell. After years of being in a home it’s only normal to collect so many things. It’s important to move as much as possible out of the house before attempting to sell it.

2. Eyesores

If your hobby is collecting and fixing up old cars, it’s a good idea to remove them from your property while selling your home. Potential buyers don’t want to see a yard cluttered with cars and tools. If your yard or home contains a lot of ornaments that have grown dirty and dusty over the years, now is the time to remove them. There are things that you might enjoy having in or around your home that others might not.

3. Weapons

If you have any weapons, even well-hidden weapons, remove them from your home before you have people traipsing in and out. You cannot always be sure that people who are looking at houses are there because they’re interested in buying. If a potential buyer happens to come across your hidden gun or knife in the bedroom, they may wonder why you need them.

4. Jewelry and other valuables

People who attend open houses might not be there to look at your house, but rather to look what is inside your house. To protect yourself and your valuables, remove all jewelry, money, and other things of great value from the home. Don’t leave all 4 laptops out for everyone to be able to see. If you’re an art collector, remove the majority of art from the home. It’s also a good idea to remove, or at least hide, all personal paperwork. It’s not very hard for someone to slip out with a credit card statement that contains your personal info.

Selling your home can be an exciting time, but it’s also important to be cautious.

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