Home Selling Tips - Tips On Selling Your Own Home And Preparing Your Home For Sale

by Angela Gardner - Date: 2007-04-27 - Word Count: 445 Share This!

Top Ways to Boost Your Homes Value

Selling your home is a major life event; buyers and agents will come and go on a regular basis. Getting top dollar for your home takes a little know-how and insight on the little things that just might "make or break" a sale. Listed below are a few things you can do to boost the value of your home; believe us-buyers and agents will notice these things!!

Get your home "white glove" clean; this may mean wiping down windowsills, baseboards, around the faucets and switch plates. This might seem like a painstaking task, however a spotless homes sells quicker than a dirty one. Hiring a housekeeper for a one time super-spot clean may make the difference between three months on the market and nine

Get rid of any lingering odors: pets, cigarettes, mildew and dampness. If we can smell it, we can't sell it.

Spruce up the yard; this is the point of first contact for all buyers. The first impression is always the strongest. Trim trees and shrubs, plant some flowers in empty flower beds, hang potted plants around the front door. The home should have an attractive and inviting feeling from the start.

De-clutter, de-clutter and de-clutter….the family knickknacks or antique figurines may play a huge part in you family history, however buyers want to imagine their stuff in your home. They want to see the structure, not your personal belongings. Organize the garage, clear out closets full of stuff; rent a small storage unit just for a short time. Buyers don't want to see how much stuff can fit into a home; they want a blank canvas to fill with their own personal clutter.

Remove outdated wallpaper and carpets; these are some of the biggest red flags for buyers. Use neutral colors such as beige or cream, these colors make a room look larger and will help the buyer imagine their stuff in the room. A buyer with blue couches does not want to walk into a room with bright yellow walls. Spend a little now, get a lot more later.

Clean tile grout and re-caulk bathroom fixtures. A fresh, crisp look is better than a worn look.

If the kitchen or bathroom is outdated, replace the faucets. A new, shiny sink head will attract more attention then an old worn one.

Paint the garage floor if there are old grease spots and cracks. This is very simple and rather inexpensive, and it adds to the clean, fresh look.

If all this seems like too much to handle, hire a home staging expert. The money you spend on a professional will come back ten fold when your house sells quicker than you imaged it would.

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Angela Gardner is leading expert in Bellingham WA Real Estate sales. Working with buyers and sellers throughout Bellingham and Whatcom County, Angela, along with her partner Eric Badgley, were the leading sales team at Prudential Kelstrup Realtors in 2006. For any information about Bellingham Homes contact Angela Gardner at http://www.bellingham-realestate.net.

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