- Update fixtures. Often, people buying a TH are stretching their budget to purchase. If the property looks updated and contemporary, it will immediately be more attractive. Fixtures to include in your update: lighting, plumbing, cabinet knobs, and sometimes door hardware.
- Paint. Inside: figure out what the most popular wall colors are (check the Pottery Barn, West Elm, Crate & Barrel and Restoration Hardware catalogs/websites) and paint the inside of your house accordingly. Fresh paint makes everything better--and it makes your home 'move in ready' which is important to the demographic who often buy townhouses. Outside: Make sure all the trim is in good condtion and freshly painted. Paint the front door and any shutters or other accents (always check with HOA for compliance with color choices).
- Check the flooring! If you are lucky enough to have hardwoods, make sure they shine. You might need to do a light buff and shine or refinish them entirely, but it will be worth it! Carpet should be freshly cleaned, or replaced, depending on wear.
- Do your landscaping cleanup. Make sure the front yard is beautifully presented with fresh mulch and seasonal plantings. If there is room, have a pretty pot with flowers on the front porch/stoop. Flowers make every home more attractive, so plant them where you can.
- Clean it out! This is the time to pack up your off-season clothes and store them. Put away anything you don't need everyday. Get rid of stuff you don't want or need. A storage room with neatly stacked boxes is okay, but if you don't have the room, rent a storage unit or ask a family member or friend if you can used their basement or garage for a couple of weeks. Buyers want to see that your house has plenty of room--which won't show if the house crammed full of stuff.
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