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Exterior home preparation
The condition of your home's exterior is most important when it comes to buyer appeal.

- Touch up trim paint on doors, window frames, fascia, etc.
- If your lawn shows no signs of life, a little fertilizer and some water will do wonders for its color. Mow and edge the lawn frequently until the home is sold.
- Overgrown shrubbery should be cut back to show as much of the exterior as possible.
- A low-cost investment in seasonal flowers or ground cover will add a personal touch.
- Replace missing shutters, gutters, and downspouts and remove any debris.
- Inspect the roof for necessary repairs and any visible broken shingles or tiles.
- Cracks in the driveway and sidewalks can be easily repaired with ready-mix cement. For excessive stains, there are easy-to-use cleaning agents at your home repair store.
- Stucco water stains can be repaired using a mild bleaching agent.
- Fences should be mended and painted.
- If the street sweeper does not come every week, make sure the area in front of your curb and driveway are clear of debris. Wash it down with the hose.
- Wash all windows inside and outside.

All of these suggestions may also apply to your backyard or child's play area.           

Interior home preparation

Living area
- Clean your home from top to bottom.
- Put all valuables in a safe place.
- Repair any cracks or holes in walls and touch-up paint.
- Doors should be cleaned and touched-up as well. All torn screens should be repaired or replaced.
- Avoid repainting the entire house unless current colors are very loud or offbeat. White or light pastels are the easiest for new homeowners to work with and they make your rooms look larger.
- Have carpeting and draperies cleaned. Carpeting should be vacuumed throughout the house the day your home is being shown.
- If you have a fireplace, make sure all tile is in good condition, the screen is in good shape, and the hearth is clean.
- Lubricate squeaking doors, windows, and cabinets.
- Put deodorizers in each room and closet.
- Store out-of-season clothes so closets do not look cluttered.
- Pre-pack items, which may clutter your home and make rooms appear smaller.
- A few colorful plants will help liven and add color to the interior.

The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the house.

- Keep the counters clean and clear of appliances.
- All appliances should be clean and neatly organized.
- An open appearance with sunlight and green plants here and there will make the room a focal point.
- Never leave dirty dishes in the sink.
- Clean and wax the kitchen floor. If the floor looks old and dull, consider replacing the flooring.
- Clean fans and vent hoods.

- All bathroom appliances should be thoroughly cleaned.
- Remove stains from sinks, toilets, and bathtubs.
- Replace old caulking around bathtub and sinks.
- Repair or replace leaky faucets.
- Unclog and sanitize drains to remove odors.
- Clean all mirrors.
- Keep all toilet seat lids closed.
- Fresh towels should be in the bathrooms at all times.

- If the basement or attic is a functioning part of the house, make sure the area is clean and in good repair. 
- Have a garage sale to dispose of any unwanted items. Family heirlooms, which you will take with you, should be boxed and stored in the garage until you move.
- Degreasers are available at your local home repair store to remove stains from the garage floor.
- Remove any cobwebs. 

Showing Your Home
Once the open house begins, let your agent do the job.  Do not try to assist unless asked by the agent showing your home.

- Dust and vacuum the whole house thoroughly.
- Lightly clean and straighten up living areas.
- Open all drapes and blinds to let in as much light as possible. Turn on lamps and other lights as necessary to brighten each room.
- If you're planning to move around the same time you're selling your home, try to arrange showings while the furniture is still in the house.
- Any household or children's items should be stored away. This includes toys, bikes, skateboards, etc.
- Turn television sets off. Turn on a radio with soft music at low volume.
- While your home is being held open, arrange to spend the time away from the house, especially if you have small children. If this is not possible, go for a walk, visit a neighbor, or keep children quiet when your home is being shown to prospects.
- Keep pets away from potential buyers and keep pet areas clean.
- Your agent may request to serve refreshments. If not, feel free to suggest this.
- Try baking chocolate chip cookies or brownies just before the open house. A pleasant aroma means home to many people.
- If you're trying to sell any household items, do not bring this up, unless you are asked.
- Remember to keep your valuables in a safe place.
- Should a buyer stop by when you're not having an open house, refer all inquires to your agent. Feel free to answer questions the buyer might have, but again, refer as much as possible to your agent, as he/she will be able to answer in the most positive manner.
- Save visiting agents' business cards for your agent. Write down the date on the back of the visiting agent's business card and indicate if the agent had buyers with them.
- Notify your agent if you'll be out of town and how to contact you.

What our clients are saying  

“I would highly recommend Kelly to any of my family and friends. She is the person you want to help you when make a life decision such as this.”


~ Abigail, San Antonio, TX

“Kelly knew what had to be done to sell the house. I had another agent for 8 months prior and never had any offers. Kelly did great and worked hard to make this happen."


~ Dianne W

“Kelly's personality, work ethic, and ease of working with Kelly was the true reason we hired her!”


~ Eleanor Rodriguez, San Antonio

“We had another broker but were very dissatisfied. A friend told us to give Kelly Ann Cameron a try and we knew from the 1st meeting that she was going to be successful in selling our home. Very positive and upbeat about things. Gave very good advise on staging and making home look more welcoming therefore getting people interested in our home. Every thing Kelly did for us was on point! Great person!”


~ Catherine Delgado

“It was a pleasure to work with Kelly as my realtor. I greatly appreciate the time she took to ensure that I was well aware of all parts of the buying/selling process and making sure I understood the lingo. She was able to answer all of my questions and made sure I had an enjoyable experience. I highly recommend Kelly Cameron as a realtor!”


~ Logan, San Antonio

“Have worked with Kelly previously on multiple sales and purchases. Also recommended them to family and friends. Everyone was more than satisfied. Kelly always goes above and beyond, is patient, responsive, and really does care. She is never pushy, and will show as many houses as we could stand to make sure we got the perfect home for us. Kelly wants what's in my, buyers, best interest, bottom line. Ensures we are happy with the price and that we are happy with our purchase. Great negotiater - no home is perfect so we able to get items repaired to minimize our effort when we move in. Patient and cares about what we want as opposed to "making the sale". Kelly was extremely responsive and always took my calls/questions or got back to me quickly. I never had to call twice. If I had a question or concern she found out immediately. Took a lot of the burden off our shoulders.”


~ Rick I, Spring Branch, TX

“Kelly was a real pleasure to have as our agent. This was our first home buying experience. I was impressed by her recommendations and willingness to educate us on everything from soil erosion to home maintenance. Kelly was responsive, patient, professional and a lot of fun to be around. She was with us every step of the way and had our best interests in mind.”


~ Shina and Frank Haefeli

“Kelly sold us the home to begin with. She is pleasant to work with, knowledgeable, caring, trustworthy and accessible. I would highly recommend her.”


~ Karen Lindstrom

“Kelly has plenty of experience and is concerned about her customer needs and wants first. She is professional, easy going, knowledgeable, and very hard working. I would recommend her to anyone listing or buying a house.”


~ Cynthia Navarro

“Kelly is fantastic! She did a great job from the moment we hired her and well after closing. She went above and beyond to help us sell our home. Very friendly and professional. I would most definitely use her again and I will be referring to her friends and family.”


~ Selena Bocanegra, San Antonio, Texas

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