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Securing the Best Selling Price for your Home by not spending a Fortune


By Millie Panjwani

Buying a home can be a challenging process. However, selling a home also involves a whole set of challenges. Sellers must understand that initially there is only one opportunity to make a first impression with each prospective home buyer.

In spite of what some sellers think, preparing to sell a home doesnít really cost a fortune. Lack of a proper preparation plan for sale of your home will affect your selling price and the amount of time spent in the market. When you work with a real estate professional, they usually tell you what exactly you need to do in order to sell your home faster and for getting a better value.

When prospective home buyers look out for homes for sale, they firstly look at the visual aspect of the home which is the outside view. Thatís the sellerís first chance to make a permanent impression. Curb appeal is very important in preparing a home for sale. The seller must ensure that the view of their home is inviting and appealing. This can be done by planting flowers by the sidewalk, trimming bushes, or it could be done by painting the shutters and painting the door.

Once you are certain that the curb appeal is good, you should consider the inside of your home. The inside preparation of the house is a bit more time consuming and several details have to be looked into. Bigger projects first; working your way down to the smaller details. Repairs should be taken care of well in advance so as to not spend too much time covering up cracked walls, or leaky faucets before viewings. Maintenance is also important, and should not pose as an issue later.

Selling is entirely different from living in your home. Prospective buyers, who come for a tour round the home, tend to move into the home mentally, by visualizing their own interiors. If you want your house to sell itself, unnecessary gadgets should be removed and you should go through each room to remove small trinkets.

You should do your best to make your rooms look spacious. Small rugs should be avoided, store extra furniture. Adding mirrors can also make a room appear spacious.

The most detailed part of preparing a house for sale is analyzing small ways to fix your home that will prove to be advantageous when showing your home. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Replace dull light bulbs and clean all lighting fixtures
  • Wash all molding/trim/floor boards/crown molding
  • Have fresh and clean hand towels placed in the bathrooms
  • Draw the curtains / blinds to allow for some natural light

Another option is to hire a professional home stager. Staging your home for sale before it actually enters the market has become a recognized profession and is used occasionally. Home stagers are learning how to prepare a home for resale. By including extra decoration, furniture rearranging and de-cluttering, stagers can create a more spacious look and a comfortable flow around the home.

Therefore proper preparation of your home is important and should not be left until the day you are showing your home! Prepare ahead in order to get the most for your home in the shortest span of time.

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