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0 SIR MICHAEL CIR
South Kingstown, RI / 02892
MLS# 955313
Type: Vacant Land
Neighborhood: WEST KINGSTON
Lot Frontage: 176 ft.
Lot Size: 40,075 sq. ft.
Lot Type: Residential
Listed by: Marc Archambault Randall Realtors Real Living
Office: 401-783-9611
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4 HANNAH DR
Warwick, RI / 02888
MLS# 1063629
Type: Single Family
Neighborhood: GASPEE PLATEAU
Beds: 4 Beds
Baths: 3 Full / 0 Half
Living Area: 4,012 sq. ft.
Lot Size: 11,869 sq. ft.
Listed by: Brian MORRIS PRESERVATION GROUP
Office: 401-225-7900
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85 NAYATT RD
Barrington, RI / 02806
MLS# 1040115
Type: Single Family
Neighborhood: NAYATT POINT
Beds: 7 Beds
Baths: 9 Full / 2 Half
Living Area: 13,293 sq. ft.
Lot Size: 108,920 sq. ft.
Listed by: Midge Berkery Coleman REALTORS, Inc.
Office: 401-245-3050
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273 ARNOLDS NECK DR
Warwick, RI / 02886
MLS# 1061920
Type: Single Family
Neighborhood: APPONAUG COVE
Beds: 3 Beds
Baths: 3 Full / 1 Half
Living Area: 2,280 sq. ft.
Lot Size: 4,310 sq. ft.
Listed by: Allen Gammons PRUDENTIAL GAMMONS REALTY
Office: 401-886-6100
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$1,475,000 Mortgage Calculator
85 LONG MEADOW DR
East Greenwich, RI / 02818
MLS# 1043779
Type: Single Family
Neighborhood: LONG MEADOW FARM
Beds: 4 Beds
Baths: 5 Full / 1 Half
Living Area: 6,378 sq. ft.
Lot Size: 50,530 sq. ft.
Listed by: Janis CAPPELLO COLDWELL BANKER RESIDENTIAL BR
Office: 401-884-8050
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242 TERRACE AV
East Providence, RI / 02915
MLS# 1056190
Type: Single Family
Neighborhood: NARRAGANSETT TERRACE
Beds: 3 Beds
Baths: 2 Full / 0 Half
Living Area: 1,668 sq. ft.
Lot Size: 5,000 sq. ft.
Listed by: Ted Ngo William Raveis Chapman Enstone
Office: 401-751-8100
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70 SOUTH BAY DR
Narragansett, RI / 02882
MLS# 1044542
Type: Condo
Complex Name: NORTHGATE
Beds: 2 Beds
Baths: 1 Full / 1 Half
Living Area: 1,762 sq. ft.
Style Type: Town House
Listed by: Ernie ESPOSITO RE/MAX FLAGSHIP, INC.
Office: 401-789-2255
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536 STONY LANE
North Kingstown, RI / 02852
MLS# 1061825
Type: Single Family
Neighborhood: STONY LANE
Beds: 3 Beds
Baths: 3 Full / 0 Half
Living Area: 2,502 sq. ft.
Lot Size: 193,842 sq. ft.
Listed by: Allen Gammons PRUDENTIAL GAMMONS REALTY
Office: 401-886-6100
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87 MEREDITH DR
Cranston, RI / 02920
MLS# 1054762
Type: Single Family
Neighborhood: DEAN ESTATES
Beds: 4 Beds
Baths: 2 Full / 0 Half
Living Area: 1,469 sq. ft.
Lot Size: 9,200 sq. ft.
Listed by: Brian DUPONT Real Estate Masters, Inc.
Office: 401-738-1130
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6 WARNER ST
Newport, RI / 02840
MLS# 1037996
Type: Single Family
Neighborhood: NEWPORT
Beds: 3 Beds
Baths: 1 Full / 0 Half
Living Area: 993 sq. ft.
Lot Size: 3,050 sq. ft.
Listed by: Helen Flynn Flynn Real Estate
Office: 401-849-1774
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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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