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Getting Your Home Ready To Sell
Selling your home is more than putting a sign up in the yard and adding the listing to the MLS and hoping for someone to show up for a showing. So before you list your home, use these tips for getting your home ready.
1.) Find a great Real Estate agent
I know in a hot market it can be tempting to sell your home "For Sale by Owner" but many times over again it can lead to disaster as well as loss of income and time. A really good agent can share with you homes that have sold recently in your area as well as what is currently Active and coming soon. You'll be able to compare your home better and arrive an a honest selling price.
2. Declutter living spaces
Your moving so you'll want to pack as much of your belongings you can. A prospective buyer wants to visualize this as their home with their belongings. Remove all personal items from the walls and around the rooms. Remove as much as you can from rooms until it looks uncluttered.
3. Repaint Walls to a neutral color
Buyers will appreciate a neutral color because the can envision the color they'd like to put on the wall. Buyers also may not want to paint at all when they first move in and when the walls have been freshly painted they feel better about just moving in.
4. Fix any loose handles
This may be small but goes a long way. Buyers do want to see things they have to fix as soon as they move in. Change or add any missing light bulbs in your fixtures. Look around the house and if you see something that needs fixing or tightening, take care of it before you go on the market. It will surely come out in your home inspection if you don't fix it early on.
5. Add some plants
Plants always create a welcoming environment. Be sure they are well pruned and look nice. Add a bouquet of flowers in your kitchen for a fresh look.
6. Clean, clean, clean
This goes without saying. Buyers want to know your home has been well cared for. Making you home spotless is the best way to show how well you've take care of the home. Organize your closets too.
You may ask your real estate agent for some tips with this but you can add some inexpensive items such as new pillows on your couch. Evaluate the current conditions to see what other homes look like in your area staged.
Jennifer was born and raised in Maryland and for the last 21 years has resided in Middletown, MD. Upon finishing her studies at the University of Maryland University College with a Bachelors degree in....
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