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What to Know When Selling Your Home

Jennifer Thompson

Find a Great Real Estate Agent

Choosing a trustworthly and educated agent is important when selling your home. A “for sale by owner” transaction is almost always a disaster, leading you to sacrifice both money and time. That’s why one of the most important things to do before selling your house is find a great real estate agent.
That being said, don’t blindly hire the first real estate agent you find. Do some research to find yourself the best agent-who is knowledgeable about your specific market, the area, and has plenty of experience. Your real estate agent should be someone you feel comfortable working with, whom you trust to sell your house for the best price.

Be Prepared for Repairs and Paint

It's a good idea not to list a home until it's completely ready. Don't neglect simple home improvements- first impressions are everything. Make sure all appliances are gracefully working and the living area is as spotless as possible. Repairs or replacements can be as easy as repainting the front door, painting the walls a neutral color, re-caulking, replacing fixtures, broken locks, and screen doors. Make a list of things you find as an eye sore. This also includes the outside, be sure to pull weeds and plant a few colorful flowers in the front of the house.

Make Your Home Inviting

A bright, cheery home is more inviting to buyers. Let the sunlight in if you can, and add some better lighting if your home is dim. Small things like lighting can make a big difference with no money coming out of your pocket. Less is more when it comes to getting your house ready to show. When selling a house you want to de-clutter and de-personalize your living areas. It's very important that the buyer can invision themselves in the space. Rid the bookshelves and extra furniture to present a more spacious environment.

Staging Your Home

When staging your house, remember that green is good: Plants create a bright and more welcoming environment. You might also want to consider a bouquet of flowers or bowl of fruit on the kitchen counter or dining table. If smells are prevasive, jump into deep cleaning, candles, and plug-in room deodorizers. Reworking a room layout can be benefical. This is particularly important when staging a living room, especially if it is a open-plan that doubles into the kitchen area.
Staging your kitchen and bathroom may be more than just decluttering and cleaning – if yours is holding back your chances of getting an offer, you may need to consider a remodel, the cost of which, done wisely, can be recouped when you sell. A new kitchen has the most impact on a buyer. It demonstrates that the house has been updated.

Why Use Home Staging to Sell a House?

Staging a house is one of the easiest and best ways to add value. Home staging incorporates basic decluttering to offer a complete interior makeover. You can tackle most of these yourself, perhaps with the advice of your realtor, although professional home stagers will make the process smoother, quicker and, potentially, more successful.
Prices for home staging can vary depending on the scope of the work that needs to be done, however there is a lot you can do to increase the marketability of your property.

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