Get Your Home in Sales Shape!

Ways to get your home in shape for selling.
If you’re thinking about selling you home then you’ve probably started the task of getting it ready for the market. There are many things you can do that could cost you more money than it’s worth. However, here are some inexpensive tips that could save you a pretty penny in the end.
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Ditch the Welcome Mat

Does your welcome mat look anything but welcoming? If so, toss it and get yourself a new one. Think of your homes curb appeal as important as a good resume, you only get one chance to make a lasting impression. A good coat of paint or some new flowers can be a great way to take your homes look to the next level. A good suggestion is not to overlook the front door, paint it if necessary, and see the difference. Other things to note are the numbers on the house and mailbox, are they in good condition and visible? What about the pavement leading up to the door? Are they’re cracks in the pavement? A good tube of cement caulk could do just the trick. Pressure washing the siding and sidewalk are always a good idea. Sometimes it’s not about how much you spend but that you maximize the results.

Let the sunshine in

Proper lighting can do wonders for your home when trying to give it a more spacious feel. The amount of natural light can enhance the feeling of a space appearing larger than it is. Making sure your windows are clean and allowing for the maximum amount of light in a room can help potential buyers see themselves in your home, so be sure to pull open those drapes. Another inexpensive fix to consider would be changing out your light bulbs. Here’s my personal suggestion, don’t go with the fluorescent bulbs, they take too long to heat up and your buyers will have moved on by then. Another lighting tip would be to make sure your switch covers are in tact; cracks or missing screws are not aesthetically pleasing.
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Kitchens and bathrooms sell homes
Start with the kitchen faucet or replace a set of bathroom knobs if they need replacing. Look for evidence of stains or discoloration, these all play into a buyer’s mentality. Depending on the type of flooring you have like tile, check grout lines to make sure they’re clean. Hardwood floor owners should use a reputable cleaner for maximum shine. Kitchens are another area where a fresh coat of neutral paint can make a significant difference in your home appeal. Last but certainly not least are your carpets, this can be crucial if you own pets or have small children. If your carpet is in relatively good condition then a DIY’er can save money here by renting a cleaning machine from the local big box hardware store.

These money saving tips are brought to you by your local expert Freeman Burns. Check back for my next update on “Real Estate Matters.”
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