Wallpaper: It Sticks or It's Nix

Peeling wallpaper should be removed immediately and replaced with a fresh coat (or two) of paint.

This is especially important in bathrooms. Here, you should either paint a neutral color, or the lightest color that will match the existing tile.

This is the same for kids' rooms. If they need a fresher look, then go with colors that are as neutral as possible.

That way, while buyers look at the house, they'll be looking at the home for itself, not for your own decorating abilities. Furthermore, this allows them more of a shot at imagining the way their things will go into the space.

Straighten the Closets

While no buyer will expect that your closets will be perfectly neat or empty, but they are looking for a large amount of storage space for their own things.

To help with this impression, the rule of thumb is to take everything out of your closet, and only put half of it back in. The rest of the stuff will need to find a new home; in the garbage, the clothing donation charity, or packed in your suitcases.

The reason for doing this is that partially empty closets look much roomier than they may really be. And remember, it's space and storage that sell. You can even consider buying some closet organizers for the more difficult areas. When you move, you can take them with you.

The same can be done for your kitchen cabinets and other storage areas. An added bonus is that when you're done sifting through your stuff to get half out of the closets, you'll already have gotten rid of a lot of things that you'll no longer have to move.

Moreover, if you've packed up the extras, that's work done that you would have had to do sooner or later anyway.

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