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Preparing Your Home To Sell

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By Linda Reibenstein

As a Remax realtor for over 15 years, one of the many questions I receive from sellers preparing to put their home on the market is, how do I prepare my home for a fast sale.

To obtain results, here are some fast and easy tips to maximize the value of your home and have a quick sale.

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• PRICE THE HOME RIGHT
Deciding what price to list your home takes more than just knowing what you would like to get for your home; you need to have a clear understanding of what other homes like yours have sold for. That is where a knowledgeable real estate agent comes in handy.

• CREATE GREAT CURB APPEAL
Make the first impression count. Clean up, paint front windows and doors, keep the lawn mowed and bushes trimmed, plant or pot colorful flowers, clear the sidewalks.

• DE-PERSONALIZE
You want buyers to imagine themselves living in your home. Pack up those family heirlooms and personal photographs.

• DE-CLUTTER
Less is more in creating home appeal. Keep counters free of personal items, pare furnishings down to the bare essentials, pack up those cute knickknacks.

• MAKE MINOR REPAIRS
Don’t let maintenance shortcomings affect the sale. Patch any holes in the walls. Consider painting them in neutral colors. Replace cracked floor or counter tiles, fix leaky faucets and doors that don’t close properly, replace burned out light bulbs.

• REARRANGE CLOSETS AND CABINETS
Tidy, organized closets make a positive statement about your home. Keep medicines and other personal items out of sight, pack away much of your clothing, neatly arrange shoes and shelf items.

KNOW THE MARKET!!!
As a real estate professional, your agent needs to know the market. A realtor can evaluate the homes that are selling and advise how long you can expect yours to be on the market. Pricing, condition and location are all major factors.

Preparing Your Home to Sell

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