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  The Back Yardand Front Entry.

The Back Yard

The back yard should be tidy. If you have a pool or spa, keep it freshly
maintained and constantly cleaned. For those that have dogs, be sure
to constantly keep the area clear of "debris." If you have swing sets or
anything elaborate for your kids, it probably makes more sense to
remove them than to leave them in place. They take up room, and you
want your back yard to appear as spacious as possible, especially in
newer homes where the yards are not as large.

The Front Door & Entryway

The front door should be especially sharp, since it is the entryway into
the house. Polish the door fixture so it gleams. If the door needs
refinishing or repainting, make sure to get that done.

If you have a cute little plaque or shingle with your family name on it,
remove it. Even if it is just on the mailbox. You can always put it up
again once you move. Get a new plush door mat, too. This is
something else you can take with you once you move.

Make sure the lock works easily and the key fits properly. When a
homebuyer comes to visit your home, the agent uses the key from the
lock box to unlock the door. If there is trouble working the lock while
everyone else stands around twiddling their thumbs, this sends a
negative first impression to prospective homebuyers.

copyright 2000 by Terry Light and RealEstate ABC, revised 2002


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