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Whether you are selling into a strong housing market or making your way in a difficult one, it is important to make your property stand out from the rest. With dozens of listing in your local area, setting your own property apart is not as easy as it might sound, but taking the right steps ahead of time could make a huge difference.

If you are thinking about listing a home on the market, there are a number of things you should do to get ready for a quick sale. These preparatory steps may not guarantee a fast sale, but they can increase the odds.

Get Replacement Estimates for Old Appliances
Old appliances can be a real turnoff for home buyers, but replacing them before you put your house on the market is an expense you do not need. Instead of going out and buying a new refrigerator and washer/dryer set, do some shopping and come up with replacement estimates instead.

You can share those replacement estimates with your real estate agent, and with any would-be buyers who ask. By doing the legwork ahead of time, you can set those buyers’ minds at ease – and eliminate one more obstacle to a quick sale.

Schedule a Home Inspection
You can bet that any potential buyer will want an independent home inspection, so why wait for them to ask? Scheduling a home inspection before putting your home on the market will give you one less thing to worry about down the line.

Be sure to keep a copy of the detailed home inspection report with your other paperwork, and share a copy with your real estate agent as well. Spending a few hundred bucks on a home inspection now could speed up the sale process and save you much more later on.

Do Some Spring Cleaning
No matter what the season, now is the time to do some thorough spring cleaning. That spring cleaning should include more than just cleaning the floors and shampooing the carpets. Now is the time to deodorize the dishwasher and the garbage disposal, polish the hardwood floors and give the bathroom a good scrubbing.

Take a hard look at every room in your home and try to see through the eyes of a would-be buyer. If you see anything you do not like, now is the time to clean it up and scrub it down. Be sure to clear away the clutter as well – nothing turns off buyers faster than a cluttered home.

Make Those Repairs You Have Been Putting Off
Even small repairs can loom large in the eyes of a would-be buyer, and now is the time to fix those things you have been putting off. So get out your to-do list and start working your way through it.

From painting the front door to fixing the squeaky hinge on the back gate, now is the time to make those minor repairs. You will have to spruce up the property anyway, so do it now – before your home goes on the market.

If you want to sell your home quickly, you need to be proactive about the selling process and marketing your property the right way. Knowing what buyers are looking for and giving it to them before they ask is the shortest path to a fast and profitable sale.