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36697979 Real Estate Seller Tips Properties

36697979 Real Estate Seller Tips Properties

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Real Estate Seller Tips from @properies
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Published by: Tim McDonald on Aug 31, 2010
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One of the keys to success in today’s ultra-competitive real estate market is toposition your home as the most desirable property at a given price in a given area.Obviously, the most important variable in that equation is price. But making sureyour home is in optimal showing condition will set it apart from the competition andcould be the difference between a timely and productive sale and a long, drawn-outprocess.Here is a checklist of preparations to make before showing your home. Be sure toconsult your @properties agent to find out what improvements they recommend.
Go through your home room by room and ask yourself what you canthrow away and what you can box up and put in storage. Pay extra attention toareas like closets, bookcases, shelves, and kitchen and bathroom counters.
Lack of storage space can be a deal-breaker. Go through your closetsand pantries and throw away, give away or put away anything you don’t need.Clean out bedroom closets so that hanging clothes are aligned and have amplespace. Remove items from closet floors. Reorganize and clean out your kitchencabinets and line up dishes and glassware. Make sure bathroom and kitchendrawers are neatly organized – even your junk drawer.
Give your home a deep clean from top to bottom, including windows,upholstery and carpet, and the refrigerator and oven (yes, buyers actually openthem).
A fresh coat of paint is the least expensive, most effective way to enhancethe appearance of your home. Be sure to use neutral colors.Consult your agent forrecommendations.
Brighten your home.
Light gives the impression of space, so it’s important forevery room in your home to have ample light at any time of day. Prior to showings,wash windows, raise blinds and turn on lights. Add floor and table lamps to brightendark rooms or corners.
Maintain the exterior.
If you live in a single-family home or townhome, maintainyour lawn and landscaping. In winter, shovel and de-ice walkways. In acondominium, pay attention to the area in front of the doorway. Keep it neat andinform the superintendent of any problems, such as burned-out lights. Makebalconies, decks and patios inviting with potted plants and flowers.
 Make repairs.
 Consult with your agent prior to undertaking a large-scale homeimprovement project, but go ahead and make easy repairs such as touch-up
spackling and painting, replacing a cracked window or torn screen, fixing a leakyfaucet and changing burned out light bulbs. 
Remove personal property.
If you do not plan on including personal propertysuch as window treatments or light fixtures as part of a sale, then remove themprior to your first showing and replace them with attractive alternatives.
Remove pets.
Keep pets out of the home during showings. Also be sure to concealfood bowls and litter boxes. If pet odors are present, have the home professionallycleaned.
Hire a home inspector.
Hiring a professional, licensed home inspector prior toputting your home on the market allows you to spot potential problems and makerepairs before buyers make them an issue.
Disclose everything.
By law sellers must disclose existing structural andmechanical problems, flooding, the presence of lead paint, information on radonhazards and other known defects to potential buyers. Withholding this informationcan have much more serious repercussions than the problem itself.
Staging your home
Staging, the art of merchandising a home to improve its marketability, used to bereserved for homes or rooms with serious deficiencies. But today, every home thatis listed for sale should be staged to some degree. Your home must show like amodel in order to stand out in today’s competitive market. Staging can be as simpleas rearranging a few pieces of furniture or as elaborate as hiring a professional tofurnish an empty home right down to the plants and artwork. Your @propertiesagent can give you suggestions for staging or help you decide if you would benefitfrom a professional stager. Here are some easy and inexpensive staging tips toconsider:
Use neutral colors and décor to help your home appeal to the largest numberof potential buyers. Add color through accessories such as pillows, vases andoriental rugs.
Arrange furniture in small groupings that demonstrate a room’s functionality,and do not overcrowd a room with furniture. Place pieces in a way thatdictates logical traffic flow.
Use light, airy window treatments, like simple sheers on a curtain rod. Hangwindow treatments so they cover the least amount of glass.
Higher wattage light bulbs can brighten up dark areas, while dimmers are alow-cost way to add a desirable feature and allow you to increase or decreaselight levels in different rooms.
Camouflage outdated furniture or worn upholstery with slip covers, andreplace worn bedspreads and throw rugs.
Keep kitchen counters clean and clear of all items, and remove all magnetsand notes from the front of the refrigerator. If your kitchen needs an update,paint cupboards with a neutral color and replace knobs on cabinets.
Remove all personal items from the bathroom counter. Stock fresh towelsand get a new shower curtain and rug for the floor.
Personal photographs and mementos add warmth and character to a home,but use them in moderation so the buyer will focus on the home, not itsowners.
Use interesting accessories to draw the eye to desirable features like built-inshelving, book cases or fireplace mantels.
Display fresh flowers.
If you have collectibles, display them in neat, uncluttered groupings.

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