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Spring is the busiest season for real estate; the grass is green, the sun is shining, the air is fresh, and buyers everywhere are looking forward to a summer move. This is a prime time to sell your home if it has been sitting on the market all winter. Unfortunately, most hopeful home sellers have the same idea. Mary Lynn Stone, President of Century 21 New Millennium offers the following four tips to make sure your property is at its best this season.

Relist. “If your home has been sitting on the market for a few months already, try taking it off for a few weeks and then relisting.” This will make the property look fresh and attract buyers who are searching for new listings.

Manicure. Your lawn, that is. “Trim your bushes, rake any old leaves or debris, plant fresh flowers, repair fences, paint your garage—anything that will make your property look clean and bright,” Stone suggests.

Use Shades of Spring. If the inside of your home is staged, try updating throw pillows, drapes and towels in subtle spring colors, like yellow, pale blue and lavender.

Clean those windows - especially if you haven't done so after the long, winter months. Don't forget the windowsills!

Wash Your Windows. “This may seem like a no-brainer, but you would be surprised at how many homeowners fail to do this,” says Stone. “Or maybe they washed their windows when they first listed back in December, and don’t realize they need to do it again.” With the sun shining through, streaky, dusty windows will be noticeable. Hire a professional or do it yourself. While you’re at it, clean the windowsills, too—both inside, and out. “When cold winter air hits the heat of your home, your windows sweat, which can cause mildew,” explains Stone.

“On top of these things, you should also make sure to invest in heavy spring-cleaning. Wash any carpets, throw open your windows, scour and polish the floors and get those surfaces gleaming. With competition high, you want to make sure your home is in the best possible condition for selling this spring,” recommends Stone.

For more information on spring selling, please contact Century 21 New Millennium at move@c21nm.com, 800-382-1101, or Century 21 New Millennium.

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CENTURY 21 New Millennium, www.c21nm.com, is a full service real estate brokerage company specializing in residential and luxury properties. In addition to its newest Washington D.C. location, the Virginia locations are in Alexandria, Centreville, Culpeper, Fredericksburg, Gainesville, McLean, Stafford, and Woodbridge. The Maryland offices are located in Annapolis, Columbia, Dunkirk, La Plata, Lexington Park, Lusby and Waldorf. Its core services include: mortgage financing, investing, settlement services, property management, property insurance, global relocation assistance, and commercial real estate.