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Fixing Up Your Home To Sell
When it comes to selling your home, you want to sell it for more than the structure itself. You want a potential buyer to immediately feel that your home provides more than just shelter. It should offer comfort, quality, and you should feel proud to own it.
You can help yourself accomplish this by polishing its appearances and function. Its a fact, you can't turn a Chevy into a Cadillac, but you can clean up a Chevrolet to the point that it outshines an old caddy. Basically, the better your home looks, the more likely a buyer is to see its potential and make an offer.
A large majority of sellers previously lived in the home are selling. When we see the same thing everyday, we tend to overlook our faults, or clutter. In order to get the best first impression to prospective buyers, you shave have fresh eyes give you their input. Have a few agents come by your property and tell you what you can do to spruce up your home. Most agents are more than willing to offer their advice, so it doesn't hurt to ask.
When a buyer comes to your home, realize that they have probably already been to other homes similar to yours. The question is, does yours stand out? A great way to find out for yourself is to pretend you a buyer for a weekend or two. Tell a local agent you'd like to learn more details on the local market. Compare homes like yours and see if anything stands out.
Agents are always stressing the importance of "curb appeal." When a potential buyer drives up the road and their agent points at your home, there is an instantaneous judgement made. When fixing up your home for selling purposes, its most important to start with areas the buyer sees first. The lawn and driveway make the first big impact. Does your lawn have any dead patches or weeds? An inexpensive solution is to pre seed.
Also, consider adding flowers to brighten up the front of your home. For under 0 you can go to your local building supply store and buy pots of various colorful flowers. Most homes have some bushes and trees in the front. If you don't regularly maintain plants and bushes, they will take over your property. Get out the shears and electric hedgers and regain control of your yard, if necessary. Hiring a professional to do the work will usually lead to professional results, as well.
A brand new coat of paint will begin to look dull after only the first year. Homes should typically be repainted every 5 years or so. No matter how great the UV filters are in it, the sun causes it to get dull over time and eventually flake. If its been over a year since your last repainting job, it would be wise to hire a painter. You can have it done professionally for a decent price, depending on the size of your home. If you suck it up and do it yourself, it will save you a bundle. The cost of basic paint and supplies is around 0.
Most people don't think about the windows unless their broken. If your homes over 10 years old, chances are you have aluminum or metal flashing. If the front windows make your home look outdated, the easiest thing to do is paint the flashing. This works well if its wood. Sometimes the only way to make a good impression is to replace those old windows with modern vinyl or double pane.
Does your include a nice front door? Is the handle and lock modern and shiny? Make sure your doorknob is a good brand with a secure locking mechanism.
Make sure the interior is roomy. Clean efficiently and get rid of any clutter. Have your carpets cleaned, or replaced if necessary. Air out the home especially if there are previous smokers or pet owners in the home.
Have an agent came through your home and make any suggestions, they are likely to find things you have overlooked.
About the Author: Published by Joe and Colleen Lane, Realtors®. The Lane Real Estate Team services Tri City Wa Real Estate, Kennewick Wa Real Estate, Pasco Wa Real Estate, Richland Wa Real Estate, and surrounding Southeastern Washington Communities.