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Published: Thursday, 6/30/2005

Prepare Your Home For A Quick Sale

Here's some advice on making your home attractive to potential buyers, from the experts at Pillar to Post Inc., a leading home inspection company.

Get routine service done on heating and cooling systems. Pre-sale service will prevent big surprises uncovered by the buyer's home inspection.

Wash windows. In addition to improving the home's appearance, washing may uncover broken seals in thermal pane windows, which sellers may choose to repair prior to showing the home.

Have a home inspection performed. Current knowledge of a home's condition helps when pricing the house and negotiating with buyers. Sellers can repair damages pre-sale, and can save money on repairs -- for instance, replacing damaged sections of the roof rather than re-roofing the entire house.

Repair windows and doors that don't operate correctly. Windows stuck closed may simply be painted shut, or a symptom of the foundation settling.

Have a garage sale or donate to a thrift store to clear out excess "stuff." The home will seem larger and more attractive, and offer improved accessibility to the home inspector. (NAPSI)

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