Putting Your Best Foot Forward When Selling Your Home

by Raynor James - Date: 2006-12-19 - Word Count: 489 Share This!

As the real estate market cools off, it is important to focus on the fundamentals if you want to sell your home. One key step is to put your best foot forward at the outset of your selling effort.

As strange as it sounds, homeowners became very lazy over the last five years when it came time to sell a home. There was so much buyer demand that sellers really had to make little or no effort to move their properties. As you have probably been reading in the papers or on the net, that market is a memory. If you are getting ready to sell your home, you need to return to the fundamentals of being a seller.

The most important step you can take is to get your home in proper condition prior to listing it. This may sound obvious, but many do not take all the necessary steps. Remember, the appearance of your home is going to be the swaying point in a buyers decision making process. Here are a couple of areas that most sellers fail to think about when giving their home the once over.

If you have a fireplace, make sure to get your chimney cleaned. Yes, it sounds like a strange bit of advice, but it is valid. Buyers know you are going to try to make the home look its best. To counter this, they look in less obvious places to see how you really took care of it before you prepared it to be sold. The chimney is one place the look. I kid you not.

The floor is another place you need to focus on. In this case, I am not talking about the appearance per se, although you should deal with that if it is an issue. Instead, I am talking about any humps or soft areas. In the buyer's mind, the floor should be flat and rightly so. If you have a bump or any soft spot, you must deal with it. Failure to do so will result in your home sitting on the market for a very long time. Buyers focus on floors, so make sure yours is perfect.

If you have an attic, you need to give it the once over. Let's be honest, the attic is the place we all shove our junk. I bet you don't even know what is up there. Well, you need to find out. Buyers are going to want to see it. This means it needs to be organized and clean. If the buyers see a spic and span attic, they are going to be favorably impressed. More importantly, they are going to be under the impression you have really taken care of the home while living there. This impression goes a long way to getting an offer.

At the end of the day, you need to really commit to selling your property. This commitment means going through it with a fine eye for detail.

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Raynor James is with FSBO America - save money when selling and buying with FSBO homes for sale by owner.

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