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Home Selling Tips

If you’re thinking of selling your home, keep in mind that buyers appreciate a clean look in the homes they view. You can increase the value of your home and decrease the time it takes to sell by making a few simple improvements.

Aroma is the first thing prospective buyers notice when they step inside a home. To eliminate odors, steam clean your carpet and wash walls and floors with household cleaners and disinfectants. Keep your home smelling fresh by burning candles or potpourri, boiling a pot of cinnamon sticks or putting a dab of vanilla on cold light bulbs before turning them on.

Nothing makes a home look newer faster than painting. Painting your walls and removing outdated wallpaper may be the best interior improvements you can make. For broader appeal, paint in neutral colors such as beige, white, off-white, or gray. These colors suggest newness and cleanliness and can brighten a dull or outdated room. If your carpet is badly worn, outdated or stained, consider replacing it. If your carpet is heavily soiled, you may want to have it professionally cleaned. Brighten the interior of your home by cleaning your windows and opening your curtains to let light in. Clean hanging light fixtures and add the highest-wattage bulbs allowed. Below are 20 suggestions to help you sell your home.

Improve Your Home’s Exterior Appearance

A well-manicured lawn, neatly trimmed shrubs and a clutter-free porch welcome prospects. So does a freshly painted – or at least freshly scrubbed – front door. If it’s autumn, rake the leaves. If it’s winter, shovel the walkways. The fewer obstacles between prospects and the true appeal of your home, the better.

Clean Up Your Home’s Interior

Here’s your chance to clean up in real estate. Clean up in the living room, the bathroom, the kitchen. If your woodwork is scuffed or the paint is fading, consider some minor redecoration. Fresh wallpaper adds charm and value to your property. Prospects would rather see how great your home really looks than hear how great it could look, “with a little work.”

Perform Maintenance Projects

Dripping water rattles the nerves, discolors sinks and suggests faulty or worn-out plumbing. Burned out bulbs leave prospects in the dark. Don’t let little problems detract from what’s right with your home.

Don’t Shut Out a Sale

If cabinets or closet doors stick in your home, you can be sure they will also stick in a prospect’s mind. Don’t try to explain away sticky situations when you can easily plane them away. A little effort on your part can smooth the way toward a closing.

Create A Safe Environment

Homeowners learn to live with all kinds of self-set booby traps: roller skates on the stairs, festooned extension cords, slippery throw rugs and low hanging overhead lights. Make your residence as non-perilous as possible for uninitiated visitors.

Advertise Storage Space by Removing Clutter

Remember, potential buyers are looking for more than just comfortable living space. They’re looking for storage space, too. Make sure your attic and basement are clean and free of unnecessary items.

Consider Your Closets

The better organized a closet, the larger it appears. Now’s the time to box up those unwanted clothes and donate them to charity.

Make Your Bathrooms Sparkle

Bathrooms sell homes, so let them shine. Check and repair damaged or unsightly caulking in the tubs and showers. For added allure, display your best towels, mats and shower curtains.

Create Dream Bedrooms

Wake up prospects to the cozy comforts of your bedrooms. For a spacious look, get rid of excess furniture. Colorful bedspreads and fresh curtains are a must.

Let Some Light In

Let the sun shine in! Pull back your curtains and drapes so prospects can see how bright and cheery your home is. It can also help to open windows a crack to bring in fresh air. Nothing looks better than beautiful curtains rustling in the breeze in an open bedroom.

Lighten up at Night

Turn on the excitement by turning on all your lights – both inside and outside – when showing your home in the evening. Lights add color and warmth, and make prospects feel welcome. Consider the color of the bulbs. Incandescent lights are often too harsh on the eyes — choose a soft orange light to make the home feel warm and inviting.

Avoid Crowd Scenes

Potential buyers often feel like intruders when they enter a home filled with people. Rather than giving your house the attention it deserves, they’re likely to hurry through. Keep the company present to a minimum. Better yet, take you and your family out for ice cream or a walk around the block while we show prospective buyers your home.

Temporarily Remove Your Pets

Dogs and cats are great companions, but not when you’re showing your home. Pets have a talent for getting underfoot. So do everybody a favor: Keep Kitty and Spot outside, or at least out of the way. When owning a pet that sheds, it’s always important to pay extra care to cleaning up floors and carpets, as many people are allergic!

Turn Off the Tunes

Rock-and-roll will never die, but it might kill a real estate transaction. When it’s time to show your home, it’s time to turn down the stereo or TV.

Relax & Be Yourself

Be friendly, but don’t try to force conversation with prospective buyers; they are hear to see your home after all. Prospects want to view your home with a minimum of distraction and many know when they are being given a sales pitch by the homeowner.

Don’t Apologize

No matter how humble your abode, never apologize for its shortcomings. If a prospect volunteers a derogatory comment about your home’s appearance, let an experienced Real Estate Agent from Dooley & Mason Realty Group handle the situation. Don’t let negative comments get to you too much because after all, you’re also moving to a better place.

Keep a Low Profile

Nobody knows your home as well as you do. But a Real Estate Agent knows buyers – what they need and what they want. Your Real Estate Agent at Dooley & Mason Realty Group will have an easier time articulating the virtues of your home if you stay in the background. Again, consider going out for coffee or a walk as your home is being shown.

Don’t Turn Your Home into a Second-Hand Store

When prospects come to view your home, don’t distract them with offers to sell those furnishings you no longer need. You may lose the biggest sale of all.

Defer to Experience

When prospects want to talk price, terms, or other Real estate matters, let them speak to an expert here at Dooley & Mason Realty Group. With over 20 years of experience in the market, we’ll be able to give prospective buyers an accurate price range and can give them up-to-date terms and conditions.

Help Your Agent

Your Real Estate Agent will have an easier time selling your home if showings are scheduled through his or her office. Offer to keep an eye on the brochure box attached to your sign and make sure it is always filled with flyers. Try to accommodate prospective buyers when they want to see your home.