Showing your home at its best |

Showing your home at its best

Marketa Jonas-Hagy

Marketa’s Grab Bag.BY MARKETA JONAS-HAGYWhen you are preparing your home for sale, the list of things to do can seem endless. There is cleaning, organizing and painting to be done, not to mention sprucing up the exterior. While you are focusing on these larger projects, do not forget the little things, that can also make a difference when you are showing your property to potential buyers.

Here is a list of things you can do to make sure your home “shows” its best for a realtor showing or open house:• Empty all garbage cans. Reduce unpleasant odors and create a better environment by emptying and cleaning all rubbish cans. Do not forget those in bathrooms and laundry areas.• Kitchen cabinets will seem larger if they are well-organized and not over filled. Wipe down cabinets and shelves, then neatly arrange the contents. Unclutter a pantry by getting rid of foods you don’t want or need. If the items are unopened, donate them to a food bank. The Family and Intercultural Resource Center accepts food donations at their thrift store, located at 340 Fielder Ave., in Dillon. You can call them for donation hours at (970) 262-2461.

• Unclutter and organize your bedroom and storage closets. Most potential buyers will be concerned with the amount of storage space in a property they are looking to purchase. Closets that are disorganized and crammed to the ceiling give the impression that the home lacks storage.• Turn on the lights – rooms will seem larger and more cheery. Accent lights on buffets, under cabinets or on tables add an especially warm glow.• Sweep the hearth and clean out the fireplace. A fireplace that is clear of debris is more attractive and appealing than one filled with ashes and old logs.

• Keep the amount of personal items and photos on display to a minimum. Buyers need to be able to visualize their own family momentos in the home.MARKETA JONAS-HAGY is a real estate broker with Century 21 Gold in Frisco. She has been helping people with their real estate buying and selling needs for 14 years. You can reach Marketa at (970) 668-2121 x 215, (800) 548-0021 x 215 or by e-mail at

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