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83 LOOKOUT AV
Johnston, RI / 02919
MLS# 1099317
Type: Single Family
Neighborhood: CENTRAL JOHNSTON
Beds: 3 Beds
Baths: 1 Full / 0 Half
Living Area: 1,721 sq. ft.
Lot Size: 8,276 sq. ft.
Listed by: Kathy Souza RE/MAX Preferred
Office: 401-353-2200
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119 HEMLOCK AV
Warwick, RI / 02886
MLS# 1095792
Type: Single Family
Neighborhood: OLDE BUTTONWOODS
Beds: 4 Beds
Baths: 3 Full / 0 Half
Living Area: 1,925 sq. ft.
Lot Size: 15,000 sq. ft.
Listed by: Norman TOBIN Real Estate Masters, Inc.
Office: 401-738-1130
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140 PINE GLEN DR
East Greenwich, RI / 02818
MLS# 1117552 NEW
Type: Condo
Complex Name: PINE GLEN
Beds: 2 Beds
Baths: 2 Full / 0 Half
Living Area: 2,000 sq. ft.
Style Type: Town House
Listed by: Janis CAPPELLO COLDWELL BANKER RESIDENTIAL BR
Office: 401-884-8050
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1200 HOPE ST
Bristol, RI / 02809
MLS# 1069726
Type: Single Family
Neighborhood: ROCKWELL
Beds: 5 Beds
Baths: 0 Full / 0 Half
Living Area: 5,300 sq. ft.
Lot Size: 52,272 sq. ft.
Listed by: Dory Skemp Coldwell Banker Res. Brokerage
Office: 401-247-0202
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65 CEDAR LANE
Jamestown, RI / 02835
MLS# 1108284
Type: Single Family
Neighborhood: JAMESTOWN
Beds: 4 Beds
Baths: 2 Full / 1 Half
Living Area: 3,028 sq. ft.
Lot Size: 50,530 sq. ft.
Listed by: Brian Dupont Real Estate Masters, Inc.
Office: 401-738-1130
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108 AMY HART PATH
Little Compton, RI / 02837
MLS# 1097815
Type: Vacant Land
Neighborhood: COLEBROOK ROAD
Lot Frontage: 217 ft.
Lot Size: 87,120 sq. ft.
Lot Type: Residential
Listed by: Welchman Real Estate Group KELLER WILLIAMS RLTY NEWPORT
Office: 401-845-9200
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40 OLD LOUISQUISSET PIKE
North Smithfield, RI / 02896
MLS# 1110471
Type: Condo
Complex Name: RockCliff Farm
Beds: 2 Beds
Baths: 2 Full / 0 Half
Living Area: 1,208 sq. ft.
Style Type: One Level
Listed by: Joan Dion Reliable Realty Group LLC
Office: 401-723-3300
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8 LANE 1 .
Warwick, RI / 02888
MLS# 1113824
Type: Single Family
Neighborhood: GASPEE/SPRING GREEN
Beds: 4 Beds
Baths: 1 Full / 0 Half
Living Area: 1,155 sq. ft.
Lot Size: 0 sq. ft.
Listed by: Anita Demers Independent Brks Realty Of RI
Office: 401-942-5600
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50 SPENCER AV
Warwick, RI / 02818
MLS# 1113790
Type: Single Family
Neighborhood: COWESETT
Beds: 5 Beds
Baths: 3 Full / 2 Half
Living Area: 4,697 sq. ft.
Lot Size: 22,570 sq. ft.
Listed by: Allen Gammons BHHS Gammons Realty
Office: 401-886-6100
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456 POPPASQUASH RD
Bristol, RI / 02809
MLS# 1090334
Type: Single Family
Neighborhood: POPPASQUASH POINT
Beds: 4 Beds
Baths: 4 Full / 1 Half
Living Area: 5,581 sq. ft.
Lot Size: 148,104 sq. ft.
Listed by: Patricia Orsi Mansions & Manors
Office: 401-423-7000
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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.