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Your ideas all sound good, although I wouldn't do 5). A new owner is probably going to want a new color anyway, so anything more than touching up scuffs and
grease marks is probably a waste.

Hey, if I can get away with just a good cleaning of the walls to take care of any marks, even better, since I hate to paint! :)

By the way, there was an article recently in the NY Times about sellers who hire people to "dress" their places. That means moving out the old furniture, renting new decorator stuff to put in while the place is on display, and then carting it all off once the sale is made. The costs were in the $10,000 range and the properties in the $1,000,000 range. The "dressers" claimed you could get a $40,000 premium.

Interesting. I would have thought folks who could afford million dollar houses would already have the place professionally decorated! I think the closest I will get to this will be my realtor saying, "hey, you might want to move that to the other side of the room." LOL. :)

A remark was made that you want to depersonalize the place. That means removing family pictures, taking off refrigerator art, and so forth.

Definitely. And that will be pretty easy, since we actually don't have much in the way of family stuff sitting out.

I figure even though it will be a while before I am putting this place on the market, probably not a bad idea to get into the mindset. Sort of like that "keep the house clean in case the mother in law drops by" except it will be "keep the house clean in case you find the dream house and have to sell this one!!"

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