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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Making your home more inviting to buyers

If you’re bringing prospective buyers into your home, you probably want them to focus on the property’s best features.

On the flip side, you probably don’t want buyers to be distracted by clutter or blemishes that would be easy to take care of on your own.

Earlier this month, Prudential Locations offered a two-part series on prepping your home for sale by social media and content manager Matthew Wells. All the tips are located on the company’s blog. Personally, I was most intrigued by the do-it-yourself advice, which might be useful to anyone who wants to showcase a home in its best light.

Starting with the exterior, Wells recommends grooming your lawn, power-washing the exterior walls, cleaning out the rain gutters and removing stains from the driveway with soap, water and elbow grease. Inside, he focuses on simple projects that can improve a home’s appearance beyond just tidying up.

Some of my favorite suggestions include:

  • Replacing the knobs on your bathroom and kitchen cabinets to upgrade their look,
  • Repositioning window treatments higher on the wall to create the illusion of height in a low-ceilinged room, and
  • Making sure your home doesn’t look like it’s filled with props by giving it a lived in appearance. Wells suggests lighting the wicks on candles and strategic placement of a few already-read books.

If you have bigger jobs that require bringing in professional help, you can also take a look at the Prudential Locations blog for advice on how to manage your resources and focus on the improvements that have the most impact.


Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2013 in Permalink

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Honolulu Real Estate focuses on the Hawaii housing market, condos and homes for sale, Hawaii rentals and general news about real estate in Hawaii. It also includes stories on apartment living, home decor and profiles.

Melissa Chang graduated from the University of Hawaii with a degree in journalism and has been blogging since 2007, mostly on food and travel. She works primarily in social media, so you can find her online @Melissa808 on Twitter and Instagram.


Jaymes Song is a real estate agent at Prudential Advantage Realty in Kahala. Jaymes is in the top 7 percent of Prudential agents nationwide. Previously, Jaymes was at The Orange County Register, Honolulu Star-Bulletin and rose through the ranks to overseeing news and operations for AP in Hawaii and the Pacific Rim. Jaymes lives in the Portlock area and loves his real full-time job of being dad to two curious kids.

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