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Preparing Your Home for Sale

Homebuying and Mortgages

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Preparing your home for sale

There are many things that people look at when buying a home including price, location, and size of the house. Here are a few things you can do that can really help you make it more appealing to potential buyers:

  • Consider letting an agent sell your home – Potential buyers can talk freely with an agent without the presence of the current owners. Don't be around. The agent should be skilled enough to seal the deal.

  • Neutral colors – When the walls are white or tan, it's easier for buyers to visualize their belongings in your house.

  • Let there be light! – Provide the best atmosphere possible. Open all curtains and turn on every light.

  • Keep quiet – Noise can be very distracting. It is best to keep all televisions, radios, and appliances turned off.

  • Clean and straighten – Everything should be shiny and clean. All counter tops should be washed, walls should be painted (if needed), beds should be made, rugs should be vacuumed, and windows should be washed. Everything in the house should be the way you would like it if you were moving in. Make everything neat, including storage areas.

  • Be aware of smells – Deodorize your home before showing it. Consider fresh-cut flowers on the table. The smell of fresh-baked bread works wonders, too.

  • Create curb appeal – Keep the grass cut, the sidewalk swept, put the tools and toys away, paint (if needed), and simply make the outside as clean as the inside.

  • Restrain Pets – Your home will make a better impression if there are no pets around.