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Improve the Chance Your Home Will Sell

Sell Your HomeAre you trying to sell your home? There are many things that you can do to improve the chance your home will sell. One of the first things you need to do is clean up! You want your home to look big and inviting, not small and smelly!

What you need to get rid of is:

Any trash– this includes dishes, garbage, papers.
Personal things– box these up first, then get the boxes out of there! personal things make it harder for the buyer to see themselves in the home.
Un-needed furniture– more about this later

One of the best things you can do is paint everything a neutral color. Most people are afraid to use color and react badly to alot of it.  Do use color somewhere only do one wall as an accent wall, or keep it to accessories like pillows, artwork or vases.

Make sure the home smells clean, people don’t like smelly homes, use  febreeze  or another neutralizer to get rid of smells. You can also use candles during the open house, something that smells fresh and clean or something that is seasonal warm and inviting.

When it comes to furniture, keep it simple. for a small room only use 2-4 pieces, a table and 2 chairs is good. For a medium room use 5-6 and for a large room use 6-8 no more! and make sure that all collectibles have been boxed up and moved out.

Lighten it up, a light home looks bigger then a dark home, if you have dark wood around the doors and window paint the wall a light color. If you have wood paneling, sand it then paint it a light color or if you have the time, energy and budget remove it and replace with dry wall.

Update small things, one easy way to get more money from a home is to update all of the fixtures. This includes:

  • Sinks and faucets
  • Lighting
  • Handles on cabinets
  • Door knobs, make sure they all match!

If you have some money to invest before selling, There are a couple of other things you can do to improve the chance your home will sell. Update the kitchen and bathroom if they are over 5-10 years old, stainless steel is a big thing right now and that may be the way to go for you, if you can afford to do it, it may help your bottom line. Make sure to check other homes in your area. If they do have have stainless steal and are still selling you may not need to do this upgrade.

If you are still having problems selling your home, check out other homes in the area that have recently sold. If your working with a realtor, they may be able to help you get into a few to see what you can improve.

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