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10 Tips to Prepare Your Home for the Real Estate Market

Selling a home can be frustrating or invigorating. Going into the process with a positive attitude helps immensely when it comes to navigating all the work and preparation required. If you put the following tips into action, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how quickly your house will sell.

1. Consider curb appeal.

The fact is we all want a home that looks inviting on the outside. Go out and stand near the street and take a long hard look at your home and property. How does it look? Does the home’s exterior appear freshly painted and clean? Is the grass nice and green and mowed? If you have plants and trees, ensure they are trimmed and looking healthy. If your walks and drive-way need sprucing up, power-wash them. Think clean-looking, trimmed, and well-cared-for.

2. Have an inviting front entrance.

A front door painted with a “wow” color or showing a lovely stained glass window is the icing on your “cake” of curb appeal. If it’s spring or summer, have a couple of potted plants or a small sculpture near the door. Fall and winter entrance décor might be a season-friendly wreath or other seasonal item of interest. Two or three tchotchkes are all you need to make others feel welcome.

3. Jazz up your foyer area.

A table with a few art items and a small lamp is recommended. Perhaps a lovely painted bowl you found at the Art Fair last year would be a nice catch-all for keys and sunglasses. If you have wall room, hang a small picture that reflects your style. Good Feng shui in the foyer includes a mirror on the wall and it also expands the space a bit.

4. Do a walk-through to determine the level of light in the room.

Focus on banishing every area of low light. Ask yourself what you can do to get more light into the room. Then do it.

5. Get comfortable with the paint roller.

Nothing sells a home like freshly painted rooms in neutral colors. Beiges, off-whites, and very light grays are often the tones that work best as neutral backdrops for furnishings.

6. Clean out clutter.

The appearance of too much stuff in a room can be so overwhelming to prospective buyers that they fail to see the “bones” of the home to consider whether their own stuff would be at home there. If you must, pack up personal belongings that are unneeded right now and put them into storage or packed away neatly in the garage.

7. Show off your baseboards.

When baseboards are easily seen in each room, it means you’ve rid the room of unnecessary furniture and personal belongings to the point where others can view what the room has to offer. Make it a goal to ensure there are wide open spaces in each room.

8. Focus on floors and carpets.

Floors should be free of marks and defects. Clean carpets and avoid wearing shoes inside while the house is on the market. Consumers looking for a new home seek fresh-looking and well-cared-for floors and carpets.

9. Clean, clean, clean.

Although your abode may not have everything a prospective buyer is seeking, a clean home will always sell before a not-so-clean one. Yes, it’s hard work but it will pay off.

10. If you feel overwhelmed with the process, take it one room at a time.

Sometimes, evaluating a room corner by corner or furniture piece by piece will make it easier to prepare your home for sale.

Regardless of the housing market where you live, you have the power to make your home stand out among the rest. Apply these ten tips and you’ll sell your home in no time.