7 Top Tips For A Successful Home Sale

As seen in the January 2015 issue of the Cascades Current newsletter

Every seller wants their home to sell quickly AND at top dollar, however it’s not luck that makes that happen. Here are seven helpful tips to prepare your home for a successful sale.

1.     Disassociate Yourself With Your Home
Say to yourself, I’m not selling my home; I’m selling a house.” Buyers are looking at your home through their own eyes. What you think your home is worth is not always what they feel is a good value based on its condition or décor. Listen to your real estate agent’s advice on preparing your home for showing and how to price it to sell.

2.     De-Clutter!
People collect an amazing amount of junk and the longer you’ve lived at your house the more junk you seem to have. If you haven’t used an item in over a year, you probably don’t need it. Think of this process as your head-start on packing for your move.

3.     Look like a model home
Remove pieces of furniture that block or hamper easy movement from room to room. To make your dining room seem larger, remove extra leaves from your dining room table. Leave just enough furniture in each room to showcase the room’s purpose. Don’t forget to clean your off your kitchen counters and remove “refrigerator art.”

4.     Remove Favorite Items
If the chandelier in the dining room once belonged to your grandmother, take it down before the buyer sees it and falls in love with it.

5.    Make Minor Repairs
Look in your bathrooms and re-caulk and grout if needed. Repair all wood rot and make sure to replace all burned out light bulbs.

6.     Make the House Sparkle!
Have windows professionally cleaned…you will be amazed what clean windows will do for a house! Make sure the siding and deck are pressure washed. Remove all cobwebs and dust on all ceiling fans and light fixtures. Clean out any musty-smelling areas. Odors are a no-no. Here’s a Realtor’s secret… place small bowls of whole coffee beans around the house to get rid of odors. It really works!

7.     Go outside for first impressions
Does the house welcome you? Do you have curb appeal? Many buyers won’t get out of the car if they don’t like the exterior of your home. Make sure your bushes and trees are trimmed and repaint faded window trim.

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