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Preparing Your Home

Preparing Your Home For Sale

From our experience, a home that shines on the outside will appeal to more buyers, and in turn will sell faster for a higher price. Buyers will feel more comfortable paying that extra money for something that has been well maintained. It gives them the feeling that if the outside has been taken care, then the inside is just as good. When priming your home for sale, you want to consider: how much should you spend, curb appeal, and staging the interior.

When you are getting your home ready to list, you want to save as much money as possible when fixing things up. It would look good if you went out and got a new roof, but the buyer is likely not going to pay you for that cost. There are minor things you can do to make your home look polished. Putting new knobs or handles on cabinets, and a fresh coat of paint on the main level are relatively inexpensive tasks that will make a huge difference.

Curb Appeal

Again, don’t go spending your life savings dressing up the exterior of your home. Here are some ‘thrifty’ tips for improving the exterior appearance of your home: mow and edge your lawn on a regular basis, water the yard to keep the grass green, trim the bushes, fill any cracks on the walkways, repair any peeling paint, clean gutters, replace any loose shingles or siding, add some flowers near the front entrance, keep the garage closed, paint the front door, and take down any decorations that are to your personal taste.

Interior Appeal

Boost your home’s interior by cleaning every room and removing all the clutter. You can rent an inexpensive storage unit if you have any excess clutter. This will make the rooms look more spacious and appealing to buyers. You can even hire a maid service for around a $100 to come in and make your home spotless if you’re too busy. Make sure your kitchen counters are clear to reveal all the counter top space available. Clear out the closets as well… you can even have a garage sale to get rid of unwanted belongings while making a little cash on the side. If you have some bright colors on the walls, it’s a good idea to paint them a neutral color. Repair any holes from pictures hanging on the walls. Clear the bathroom counters and put air fresheners throughout the house.

These little fixes will make your home look like a totally different space. Remember, buyers want to come into a home and picture themselves living there, not you living there. This cannot be done when a home is cluttered and geared toward the general buyer’s personal taste.

Prepairing Your Home For Sale