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Tips for Seller Your Home


De-personalize - In order to depersonalize your home before a showing, pretend you're moving out. Take everything that really makes your home "yours." That includes religious decor, family photos, collectibles, memorabilia, etc. Pack them all away carefully and put them into storage. Buyers want to walk through and envision how your house could be theirs one day. That's hard to do when you're marking your territory with all your personal items. Since you want the house to get sold, make sure you let your buyers see what they could do with the space.
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Use Counter Intelligence - Get rid of clutter - especially on your countertops. Go through your house and look for any horizontal surface. Then, clear it off. Toss those old magazines and pack up your knickknacks. You may love them, but buyers don't want to see them. They want to see what they can put in a space. In order to do that, you need to show them clean and empty bathroom and kitchen countertops. That can help them envision their own things in your home.

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Beat Them With Condition - In quite a few markets, a lot of the competition is low-priced. Most of those homes are foreclosures and short sales, and they can bring the value of your home down. As a homeowner, the best way for you to compete is presenting your house is the best condition. For example, you can have a termite inspection done before listing your home, and you'll also want to get as many repairs done as possible. Take care of scratches, nicks, handles that don't work right, and other small issues, and it can pay off in a big way.

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That Arm Chair Could Be The Difference - Considering replacing or even just removing outdated or worn out furniture, and get rid of extra pieces of furniture that clutter things up. Edit and rearrange what you have, take out what you don't need, and think about bringing in something smaller that will be a better fit for the size of the space. If you feel out of your element, you could always work with a professional staging company. They can give you design direction and rental advice for furnishings that will help your home appeal to the largest range of buyers.

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If It Is Older Than You… - If your lighting, door handles, outlets, and/or light switches are older than you, it is probably time for a change. The same is true for those items that just look cheap, gaudy, or tacky. Make sure everything is as neutral and clean as possible, so you don't have to worry about scaring off buyers who might think your house needs too much work.

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Create a Gender-Neutral Master Bedroom - Master Bedrooms are a huge selling point so why not make yours as enticing to buyers as possible. Appeal to every buyer you can with a master bedroom that's clean and tailored. It should be free of clutter and personal items, and should be gender neutral. Not everyone will be interested in a master bedroom that's clearly masculine or feminine, so it's best to paint the walls in neutral colors and use linens that are also as neutral as possible. Avoid excessively bright colors that may turn buyers off. Neutral colors provide a nice blank pallet for potential home buyers to imagine themselves in the space.

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Style Your Dining Room Table - If there's a room that often gets overlooked for showings and open houses, it's the dining room. Between dinners, a big table can look oversized, bare, and uninviting. A quick and easy way to make this room more appealing to potential buys, is to style it with visitors in mind. Flowers, candles, and even place settings can make this room look warm and inviting and make it more functional and interesting when buyers come through.

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Don’t Blow Smoke - If you are a smoker and like to smoke inside your house, be warned that the smell of cigarettes can be a major turn off for potential buyers. They know the level of work they'll have to do when it comes to removing the smell of smoke and usually won’t even go see the listing if they know a smoker lives there. Don’t worry though - there are a few things you can do to offset the smell. First things first, try to smoke outside, away from the house, and not near any open doors or windows. Second you can try a professional deep cleaning of the house just make sure they specialize in removing odors. These are just a few tips that will help reduce the smell of smoke in your home, ultimately not smoking in the house will be your best solution!

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De-Clutter - An easy way to get your home ready for showings and open houses is to pack up all the clutter you have and get it stored away. Anything that's sitting on a flat surface, like a countertop or table, should be packed away. Additionally, you should also put away anything you don't use frequently, give away things you don't need, throw away anything that can't be donated, and keep only what you really like and need to take with you when you move.

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Get Your House Sparkling - It is important to have immaculate floors and sparkling windows when you're trying to sell your house. Equally important and something you should also consider, is scrubbing the grout, cleaning counters, and every surface in your home so it as clean and nice looking as possible. Cleaning is the least expensive way to make your home look great and help buyers see the potential in it. If you have a big house or aren't the most fastidious housekeeper, you may want to hire a professional. Don't scrimp on the cleaning, though. It's a very important step.

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Half Empty Closets - Every home buyer is looking for storage, and it's almost impossible to have too much of it. Take at least half of your things out of the closets and drawers of your home, and then take the time to organize what's left in them. Buyers are going to snoop, and you don't want them to see crowded, overstuffed closets, and drawers. This can give the impression that there's not enough room in the house and/or that you have a lot of clutter. You want to give the impression that everything is neat and tidy. If buyers see that you're messy, they may think you don't take good care of your home.

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Don’t Over Upgrade - Instead of focusing on huge improvement projects before trying to sell your home, consider simple things that are inexpensive but make a big difference in how things look. A fresh coat of paint on the walls, new door handles, and cabinet hardware can really change the look and feel of a home. Clean or replace curtains, too, and make sure closet doors are on track, the grout is clean, and faucets aren't leaking.

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The First Impression is the ONLY Impression - Even if the interior of your home is amazing, buyers will have already judged your house before they ever go inside. Since it is the first impression a buyer gets when coming into your house, it's very important to make the outside of feel safe, welcoming, and warm. Shrubs and bright flowers can really help, and you generally get all the money back that you put into giving your home great curb appeal. Make sure the yard, porch, and entryway look beautiful, and you'll be on your way to a sale.

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Clean Up Your Act - If you're going to be selling your house, a nice deep clean can really go a long way. Clutter, dust, and any dirty surfaces are a problem for most buyers coming to look at your home. Go ahead and de-clutter everything. Start packing up the things you aren't using, and box up all those extra things that are just taking up space. These tips can help sell your house quickly for a good price.

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Pet-Proof the Pad - Although pets are usually a welcome sight when visitors come to your house, they can actually deter potential buyers if you are selling your home. If you have any pets, especially if they live indoors, make sure you're very careful about cleaning up after them during your listing period. The "sniff test" is important, so ask a trusted friend or your real estate professional to come by and check out your house. You need someone who will tell you the truth about how your home smells. Also keep in mind that you should be considerate of people who have pet allergies, and that you might want to consider air purifiers in order to keep the house feeling clean and smelling good while you have it listed.

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Pay Attention to Color and Light - Those bright colored walls that you love, could possibly be a turn-off for buyers. An insider tip to selling your home quick is to neutralize your interior by repainting before you put your house on the market. A bright accent or two usually doesn't hurt anything, but save those for decorations that you'll be taking with you. Tan or beige on the walls is a much better choice. A neutral home looks bigger, and you'll lower the chance of offending a potential buyer. Also make sure you open up drapes and blinds to let in a lot of light. That will help set the mood and make the home more inviting!

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Apply a Fresh Coat of Paint - A fresh coat of paint is one of the best bangs for your buck you're going to get when selling or leasing your home. It can quickly take a room that's dated and dull, and make it look fresh, clean, and new again. Pick a neutral color, so you don't have to worry about it clashing with the furniture or with a buyer's tastes. For bathrooms, a neutral, light shade of blue or green often works well. For living spaces, choose a beige or taupe, because it provides a little bit of color on the walls while remaining very neutral and appealing to almost everyone.

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Don’t Forget the Floors - Worn carpets and shabby hardwood floors might deter buyers from making an offer on your house. Instead, replace the carpet with something better or get those hardwood floors refinished. If you have a few strategic spots on your hardwood floors that don't look that great and can't afford refinishing, try an area rug or some clever furniture arrangement. These tricks don't cost that much, but they can really make a difference.

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Make Your Home Ageless - There's a big difference between an old house and a home that is older and has class. If a 40 year old house has paint and appliances to match, that can be a really hard sell as buyers will know. Keep everything up to date and fresh, and you'll have an older, beautiful home in a well-established neighborhood, which is something you - and your potential buyer - can really appreciate. That can get your home sold faster, and for a better price than you were expecting.

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Post a Video Love Letter - Instead of doing just a traditional brochure when selling your home, think about doing a video. You can work with me to coordinate a walk-through of both your home and your neighborhood. Make a great video of the experience that allows you to tell prospective buyers about all the best things in the local area. You can share what your family really loved about the house, and can also provide information about the neighborhood. There might be a great local park or coffee shop you want to tell the buyers about. If buyers can see that you really loved the home and the area, they can also visualize having a wonderful life there.

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Stage the Exterior Too - The exterior of your home is just as important as the interior when it comes to selling your home. Try power washing the exteriors walls or giving them a fresh coat of paint. Consider immaculate landscaping and outdoor furniture, as well. If you have a porch or deck that's big enough, set up a Sunday brunch there (no matter the day of the week), or provide lemonade and cookies for buyers coming through your home. Buyers often spend a lot of time thinking about how they will use the yard and how they can entertain guests there, so giving them ways to envision themselves in the space can help.

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Choose Sophisticated Neutral Colors - If you are selling your home, play it safe when it comes to color. Now is not the time to create an interesting new look that potential buyers may really hate. Instead, focus on rich neutrals like mocha, beige, and shades of gray. These can create a backdrop that's very sophisticated and appealing to almost any buyer. You don't need to paint everything white to stay neutral, but you do need to keep things light and classic. This will also make it look cleaner and fresh so buyers will get that feeling throughout the house.

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Follow Your Nose - This is probably an obvious tip but your home should smell good. That means it should be very neutral and not have cigarette smoke, a pet scent, or stale smells from cooking in it. No noticeable odor is what you should be going for so tone down the scented candles and potpourri. Remove scent problems from the source. Get the HVAC system cleaned, scrub the house, replace old carpeting, and smoke outdoors.

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Get Real About Pricing - With all the new apps and internet web sources,buyers today are more educated than ever when it comes to the comparable sales in the area. That can have a huge influence in the pricing of your home and what buyers think is fair. To make things competitive and get your house sold, have your agent locate the sales prices of the three homes in your area that are the most similar and that have sold recently. Set your price 10 to 15 percent lower than that, if you can. You'll get more showings that way, and may even end up in a bidding war. Those do still happen.

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