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Sellers already have their hands full with trying to get buyers interested in purchasing their property. Among the many thing sellers need to do is ensure that the home they're trying to sell is presentable and grabs attention to the point where buyers are at the very least coming in for a walkthrough.

This walkthrough phase can be as simple as a buyer knocking on the door to holding an open house. The benefit of the latter is it allows a seller time to organize and make the home look its best. Some very simple strategies can actually boost the home's appeal but tend to be overlooked.

Cleanliness is obviously important as no buyer will appreciate an unkempt home so this goes mostly without saying. With that in mind, it's best to keep pets away on the day the open house is being held regardless of how friendly or harmless they may be. Some people just don't like animals or may be allergic to them.

A key strategy in increasing the appeal of a property being sold is to try and make it feel as close to an actual “home" as possible. Many buyers often prepare hors d'oeuvres of some kind like cookies or brownies not so much for the purpose of having guests eat them so much as to get a welcoming scent emanating throughout the property and reinforce a feeling of home.

Bright interiors are also considered more welcoming than dim ones which may be construed as though a buyer is trying to hide some kind of blemish. Tips such as these won't guarantee a sale but they'll certainly improve the odds.

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