Getting Your Home Ready To Sell

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Real Estate

Times have changed in our area and home inventory is down. If you have been on the fence about selling your house, now is a good time to do it. Making the decision to sell your home is a big one. You have to choose someone to market your home and get it listed. That is the easy part. Remember, just because you have chosen to list your home, does not mean that it is ready to sell. You have to prepare your house for the sale.

You need to remember that buyers make a decision about whether or not to buy your house within 15 minutes. They see many houses in one day. You need to make sure that your house stands out from the rest and when those buyers are going through the houses they saw that day, yours is one they remember.

There are some very easy and inexpensive things to do to make your home attractive to others. In order to do these, however, you have to remember that your taste is not necessarily the taste that others have. The first thing to do is to neurtralize your home. Paint those bright green, blue and pink rooms in a soft neutral tone. When buyers walk in and see those loud colors, their first thought is, "My bedspread won't match this color." Paint is very inexpensive and walking into a home with the smell of new paint is always attractive to a buyer.

Another thing that is a relatively inexpensive thing to do is to update light fixtures. Change out those swag lights for the lighting that is in today. Go to Home Depot or Menards and you can find relatively inexpensive lighting. Also, if your kitchen is older, change out the hardware on the drawers and cabinets to bring your home into this century. When a buyer walks in and sees everything outdated, the first thing they think about is how much it will cost them to update the house. To you, the house may seem updated, but to a buyer, it is completely outdated.

The biggest thing you can do to help sell your home, is to DECLUTTER. Get rid of all those pictures and posters and little collectibles. That is your taste; not necessarily that of the buyer coming to see your home.

These are just a few little details to help your home get ready for sale.