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13 BENOIT ST
Coventry, RI / 02816
MLS# 1081308
Type: Single Family
Neighborhood: ANTHONY
Beds: 3 Beds
Baths: 1 Full / 0 Half
Living Area: 1,176 sq. ft.
Lot Size: 16,568 sq. ft.
Listed by: John Ruzzo Stone Ridge Realty
Office: 401-397-7900
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$249,900 Mortgage Calculator
0 PENDAR RD
North Kingstown, RI / 02852
MLS# 1065122
Type: Vacant Land
Neighborhood: WEST RT1/QUAIL HOLLOW
Lot Frontage: 1,070 ft.
Lot Size: 475,365 sq. ft.
Lot Type: Residential
Listed by: Jeanie Gorrie Residential Properties LTD.
Office: 401-885-8400
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$159,900 Mortgage Calculator
814 GREENVILLE AV
Johnston, RI / 02919
MLS# 1062022
Type: Single Family
Neighborhood: SMITHFIELD LINE
Beds: 3 Beds
Baths: 2 Full / 0 Half
Living Area: 1,632 sq. ft.
Lot Size: 8,800 sq. ft.
Listed by: Dan Saffer Westchester Properties
Office: 401-954-4811
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$229,900 Mortgage Calculator
44 ROSEMARY DR
North Kingstown, RI / 02852
MLS# 1081874
Type: Single Family
Neighborhood: DAVISVILLE
Beds: 3 Beds
Baths: 1 Full / 0 Half
Living Area: 1,373 sq. ft.
Lot Size: 8,356 sq. ft.
Listed by: Allen Gammons PRUDENTIAL GAMMONS REALTY
Office: 401-886-6100
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$564,974 Mortgage Calculator
0 JULIANA DR
Cranston, RI / 02921
MLS# 1083249
Type: Single Family
Neighborhood: WESTERN JOHN PRESCOTT FARMS
Beds: 4 Beds
Baths: 2 Full / 1 Half
Living Area: 2,600 sq. ft.
Lot Size: 81,481 sq. ft.
Listed by: Janis CAPPELLO COLDWELL BANKER RESIDENTIAL BR
Office: 401-884-8050
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$499,900 Mortgage Calculator
70 KIRBY AV
Warwick, RI / 02889
MLS# 1070530
Type: Single Family
Neighborhood: WARWICK NECK
Beds: 7 Beds
Baths: 4 Full / 1 Half
Living Area: 3,788 sq. ft.
Lot Size: 51,627 sq. ft.
Listed by: Mark McHugh Clearmark Real Estate
Office: 401-641-3842
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$174,900 Mortgage Calculator
176 AMHERST AV
Pawtucket, RI / 02860
MLS# 1079710
Type: Single Family
Neighborhood: FAIRLAWN
Beds: 3 Beds
Baths: 1 Full / 1 Half
Living Area: 1,632 sq. ft.
Lot Size: 6,000 sq. ft.
Listed by: Kathy Souza RE/MAX Preferred
Office: 401-353-2200
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$169,900 Mortgage Calculator
19 GENERAL ST
Providence, RI / 02904
MLS# 1074645
Type: Single Family
Neighborhood: PROVIDENCE COLLEGE
Beds: 3 Beds
Baths: 1 Full / 0 Half
Living Area: 1,352 sq. ft.
Lot Size: 8,112 sq. ft.
Listed by: Butch Simoneau RE/MAX American Dream
Office: 401-721-5810
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$449,000 Mortgage Calculator
27 SOUTH ST
Barrington, RI / 02806
MLS# 1080652
Type: Single Family
Neighborhood: SOUTH STREET LANDING
Beds: 3 Beds
Baths: 2 Full / 1 Half
Living Area: 2,010 sq. ft.
Lot Size: 8,857 sq. ft.
Listed by: Nancy Weaver Residential Properties, Ltd.
Office: 401-245-9600
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$184,900 Mortgage Calculator
220 POWER ST
East Side of Prov, RI / 02906
MLS# 1081227
Type: Single Family
Neighborhood: FOX POINT
Beds: 3 Beds
Baths: 1 Full / 1 Half
Living Area: 1,156 sq. ft.
Lot Size: 5,000 sq. ft.
Listed by: Dan Saffer Westchester Properties
Office: 401-954-4811
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Prepare Your Home For Sale

Preparing a home for sale can be a cause of anxiety for sellers. Homeowners who are preparing to sell sometimes try to do too much to improve their property, while other times they do too little.

While some structural improvements may be necessary, others are best left for the buyers who will want the freedom to select their own choice of materials or colors. For example a leaky faucet in the bathroom should be repaired, but it shouldn't be necessary to install a new tile floor in that bathroom. In most cases, a thorough cleaning and some fresh paint are the two most important preparations the seller can undertake to create the best presentation and speed the sale of the home.

Here is a list of ten things homeowners should do to prepare a home for sale:

  1. Paint and clean the front entrance. First impressions cannot be under-estimated. Your home's curb appeal depends upon how the property looks to prospective buyers when they first arrive and before they even set foot inside the home. A fresh coat of paint, especially for the front entrance, can take years off the life of your home.
  2. Replace or polish light fixtures, particularly those at the front door and inside the front foyer. A well lit home is welcoming and warm.
  3. Clean the yard. Remove toys, bicycles, refuse containers and any old scrap materials, and make sure the lawn is mowed and shrubs or other perennials are properly clipped. A fresh bed of mulch around flowerbeds or shrubs is like a fresh coat of paint for your yard.
  4. Wash all the windows inside and out, and remove screens to further improve the sparkling clean quality of the glass. This often over-looked cleaning is not difficult and improves the look of the house from outside, while enhancing the quality of light inside.
  5. Scrub the interior of the home thoroughly, including painted walls, floorboards, light fixtures and switches, as well as floors and bathrooms. Clean and polish the surface of the stovetop and all sinks. Clean the interiors of the oven, refrigerator and/or microwave oven. The house will not only be clean, it will smell clean, and if you have pets, consider removing their litter-boxes or sleeping beds to a garage location when visitors are expected. A light air deodorizer is especially helpful if pets live in the house. Keeping the home this clean is an effort that will pay for itself in a speedier sale.
  6. Eliminate all clutter. Do your best to keep counter-tops bare. Cabinets and closets also should be empty except for only the most necessary storage. Photos or collectibles may be your personal joy, but they can be a distraction for buyers who are more interested in a clear view of how much space the home offers. Eliminating clutter will make the rooms look bigger and storage spaces more adequate.
  7. Repair basic utilities. As previously noted, dripping faucets, sticky windows and loose doorknobs are basic repairs that should be made before showing the house. Make sure all window and door locks work, and that the toilets don't run.
  8. Fresh paint may be appropriate for ceilings or walls of the interior, but be sure to select the most neutral colors and tones of white, beige or blue. A fresh coat of paint (if needed) makes the house feel and look newer, but the buyers won't want to face re-painting if your colors clash with their furnishings.
  9. Hire a carpet cleaner to shampoo rugs. In most cases, spots and pet stains can be cleaned with a professional effort and it is not usually necessary to replace carpeting. If the rugs are so worn they need to be replaced, remember the neutral colors rule.
  10. Plan to vacate the premises whenever the home is being shown. Prospective buyers need the freedom to envision themselves living in the property, and they want the comfort of asking questions without worrying about the seller's feelings.
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