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How to Improve the Chance of Selling Your Home

How to improve the chance of selling your home.

In today's real estate market it is extremely important to make your home as salable as possible. These following steps will help you get your home sold.

Stay Neutral

Customizing your home is great if you plan to stay there, but extreme colors and themed rooms can scare off buyers. Using neutral colors on the walls can help prospective buyers create their own vision for the house with potentially less work for them.

Less Is More

You want to minimize the amount of clutter and furniture throughout the house. The goal of listing your home is to sell your home not the furniture or rugs. If you have great hardwood floors with an area rug covering it we suggest you remove the rug and show your floors. So remove what you can but stay comfortable.

Smell

Be aware of any smell that you may have in your home. Since you are probably used to the smell of your home, it may be best to have someone come into the home and see what they smell. A musty smell in the basement will give away that the basement has had water, use a dehumidifier. Certain smells can deter a buyer before they even walk in so try to get the smell out, there are many methods for this.

Small Changes Make a Big Difference

It is not a good idea to make major renovations when you are ready to sell your home. You will most likely not get your return on investment. A good suggestion is making small changes like replacing the hardware on cabinets. 

Maximize Curb Appeal

This is one that is always overlooked. Remember the first impression is HUGE. Keeping your grass cut and pruning trees, sweeping leaves and other small details can make a drastic difference. Make your home welcoming.

Don't Get Too Personal

Remember you want to make the house as vanilla as possible so that the prospective buyer can see how they would live in the home. So take down some of your family pictures, get rid of some clutter; magazines, books etc.

Make Minor Repairs

Buyers like to horribilize. If they see a stain on the ceiling they will assume there was a major leak. This is something that you will want to address. Suggestion would be to get a painter in to paint over the stain. 

Work with a Professional

In selling your home you want to make sure you list your home with someone that knows what the buyers are looking for. This way your agent will have the home as good as it can look to sell in today's market. 

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