Preparing Your Home to Sell!

Dated: 10/21/2018

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Selling your home doesnt just mean hiring a realtor to stick a sign out front. There are a lot of preparations you should make to ensure you get the best offer possible in the shortest time.

Repair. Just because youve gotten used to the cracks in the walls and the rattles in the radiators doesnt mean a buyer will too. If you have hardwood floors that need refinishing, be sure to get it donehardwood is a huge selling point. Buyers like to snoop around, so be sure to fix any sticky doors or drawers as well. Finally, dont forget to address any issues with the exteriorfences, shingles, sidewalks, etc. After all, without curb appeal, some buyers may never get to see the inside.

Neutralize. You want buyers to see themselves in your home. Only a small percentage of people can visualize anything other than what they see. If your living room has lime green shag, wood-paneled walls, and all your collectibles and personal photographs, this will be much harder for them to do. Try replacing any bold color choices in your floors and walls with something more neutralbeiges, tans, and whites. Repainting and reflooring will make everything look fresh and new, and help prospective buyers imagine all the possibilities.

Stage. Once your house is clean and updated, its time to dress it up. I am an interior designer, and I'm happy to share my experience to help sell your listing. After an initial walk through to identify items that need to be put into storage, I can use your existing furniture & items to bring out the possibilities in the various spaces of your home, and if necessary, bring in other items. Home staging can be particularly useful if your home is especially old or if the exterior looks dated. Staging can add perceived value to the home and you're likely to get more for your listing.

Painting your front door, cleaning up your flower beds, and making sure the grass stays trimmed are all good ways of improving your curb appeal too!

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