The bigger (looking), the better

— Are you thinking about selling your home? How can you make it "bigger" and better looking without spending a cent?
Answer: One sure way for your house to appear larger and more appealing is if clutter is eliminated and furniture and household goods are reorganized.
In fact, the time to have a garage sale is before you put your house on the market, not after it is sold. When you decide to sell, start going through your closets and cupboards, eliminating items you don't want to keep. Do the same in the garage and in your side or backyard.
Closets, cupboards and garages brimming with "old treasures" make a home look small and cramped to a prospective buyer. Sellers also should carefully examine their furniture, and consign items that are not needed to the storage or the garage sale. Erring on the side of space, not clutter, makes for a more marketable home.
Other items that add to the clutter of a home are excess knickknacks. Scrutinize the kitchen for rarely used utensils or gadgets.
In closets and cupboards, even small furniture and throw rugs that can be neatly stored. Pack or give away clothing that will not be worn as well.
For some expert, objective advice, have your real estate professional go through the home. Professionals know what enhances a property's appearance and what hinders it. One last hint: Don't forget the outside. Sweep the garage and sidewalks, trim the lawn and bushes, wash the windows, inside and out. It all helps to make your home look fresher, lighter and larger.
Brian Olson is a broker associate with Prudential Steamboat Realty.

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