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Selling Your Home: Where to Begin?

First Impressions Remember what first attracted you to your house when you bought it? What excited you about it most? When deciding how best to present your home for sale, it is helpful to try to get back into that buyerís frame of mind.spruced-up house makes a great first impression on potential buyers. An attractive property grabs their attention and makes them excited about finding a house that looks and feels well cared for. Because buyers believe theyíll encounter fewer problems if they buy it, your house becomes more appealing and stands out from the competition. So if you prepare your home correctly, youíll save time selling it when itís on the market. good first impression makes an impact on a number of levels. Itís not just the way your house looks to potential buyers, but how it feels and smells to them, how their friends and family will react, how they imagine it would be to live there. simple improvements throughout your house, you can grab the attention of potential buyers and help them see why your house is right for them.
Plan Ahead a plan to enhance your property. Keep a notebook, and as you stroll through your home and yard, make a list of what needs to be done. Consider what your property looks like to people driving by or walking through your door. What will they like or dislike? What needs fixing, painting, cleaning? What can you improve? Whether you paint your house or fix up the yard, your efforts donít need to be costly; even inexpensive improvements and minor repairs go far towards attracting serious buyers. But remember, those seemingly insignificant problems youíve learned to live with can actually discourage potential buyers.

Here are some ideas for increasing your homeís appeal in order to sell it quickly at the best price:
Interior
Clean Everything
expect a spotless house, inside and out, so clean everything, especially your windows and window sills. Scrub walls and floors, tile and ceilings, cupboards and drawers, kitchen and bathrooms. Wash scuff marks from doors and entryways, clean light fixtures and the fireplace. Donít forget the laundry room. And put away your clothes.
Cut the Clutter are turned off by rooms that look and feel cluttered. Remember, potential buyers are buying your house, not your furniture, so help them picture themselves and their possessions in your home by making your rooms feel large, light, neutral, and airy. As you clean, pack away your personal items, such as pictures, valuables, and collectibles, and store or get rid of surplus books, magazines, videotapes, extra furniture, rugs, blankets, etc. Consider renting a storage unit to eliminate clutter in your garage and attic. ís hard to get rid of possessions, but cleaning and clearing out the clutter can really pay off in the end. Packing away your clutter also gets you started packing for your next move. Make your garage and basement as tidy as the rest of your house. Simple little tasks such as storing your tools and neatly rolling up your garden hose suggest that you take good care of your house. Donít let anything detract from making your best first impression.
Closets íre an important consideration to many buyers. By storing clothing you wonít use soon, youíll make closets look more spacious.
Paint new coat of paint cleans up your living space and makes it look bright and new. To make rooms look larger, choose light, neutral colors that will appeal to the most people possible, such as beige or white.
Carpet
Check its condition. If itís worn, consider replacing it. Itís an easy and affordable way to help sell your home faster. Again, light, neutral colors, such as beige, are best. If you donít replace it, you can suggest to potential buyers that they could select new carpet and youíll reduce your price; buyers like to hear theyíre getting a deal. At the very least, have your carpet cleaned.
Repairs and Renovations ís best to avoid making major renovations just to sell the house since youíre unlikely to recoup those costs in your selling price. Make minor repairs to items such as leaky faucets, slow drains, torn screens, damaged gutters, loose doorknobs, and broken windows. Make sure repairs are well done; buyers wonít take you seriously if your home improvement efforts look messy, shoddy, or amateurish.
Leaks and Moisture stains on ceilings or in the basement alert buyers to potential problems. Donít try to cosmetically cover up stains caused by leaks. If youíve fixed the water problem, repair the damage and disclose in writing to the buyer what repairs were made.
Exterior
Curb Appeal "Wow" factor ó that first visual, high-impact impression your home makes on potential buyers ó can turn a looker into a buyer. To determine your propertyís curb appeal, drive through your neighborhood and note other properties; then approach your own house as if you were a potential buyer. How does it look? Does it "wow" you? Will its curb appeal attract buyers? Note what needs improving, such as trimming trees, planting shrubs, or painting gutters. Little things convey that youíve cared for your home, and this is your opportunity to sell that important message to buyers who are shopping from the street, simply cruising neighborhoods looking for houses for sale. To get them through your door, do what you can to make your property look like someoneís dream home.
Paint/Stain itís peeling or blistering and you canít remember the last time you painted it, your house needs some attention. That also goes for stain that is significantly faded. A newly painted or stained exterior will help sell your house faster, and whether you do it yourself or hire someone, youíll also increase your homeís value.
In the Yard peopleís attention by enhancing your yard and landscaping. If your house looks inviting and well-maintained from the street, people will imagine that itís attractive on the inside, too.

Prune bushes and hedges; trim trees.
Keep your lawn looking healthy and green by mowing it often, fertilizing it, and keeping it edged and trimmed.
Clean up and dispose of pet mess.
Weed your gardens; add fertilizer and mulch and plant colorful flowers.
In winter, keep your driveway and sidewalks shoveled, de-iced, and well-lit.
Stack firewood, clean out birdbaths, repair and paint fences.
The Front Door attractive entry catches a buyerís eye and says, "Welcome," so highlight this area of your house with decorative touches, such as a wreath on the door or new shrubs and flowers around the steps. For an even grander entry, clean and paint your front door, or replace it with a new one for a few hundred dollars. Donít forget to fix and polish doorknobs, repair torn screens, and then put out that new welcome mat.

Cleaning and Maintenance Checklist:

Windows, sills, and screens
Walls and floor
Tile
Ceilings
Cupboards and drawers
Kitchen
Bathrooms
Light fixtures
Ceiling fans
Carpet and rugs
Mirrors
Garage
Attic
Basement
Laundry room
Yard
Gutters
Replace furnace filter
Dust furniture, TV and computer screens
Closets
Remove clutter
Pack personal items
Repair

Leaky faucets and plumbing
Torn screens
Slow drains
Gutters
Loose doorknobs
Deck boards
Broken windows
Electrical fixtures
Water stain damage
Broken appliances
Damaged walls and ceilings
Worn carpet and rugs
Damaged sidewalks and steps
Improvements

Stain or paint deck
Store tools
Roll up garden hose
Paint or stain exterior
Prune bushes and hedges
Trim trees
Mow lawn, fertilize, edge, and trim
Weed gardens, plant flowers
Shovel driveways, de-ice
Stack firewood
Clean out birdbaths
Caulk windows and doors
Repair and paint fences
Seal asphalt driveway
Make sure doors close properly
Enhance entryway
Replace welcome mat

These elements are no secret Ė selling anything is about presenting it as favorably as possible, and a home is no exception. With the right Realtorģ and the right presentation, you may find that selling your home is a painless, quick, profitable process!

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