7 Ways To Improve Your Home’s Sell-Ability

7 Ways To Improve Your Home’s Sell-ability

7 Ways To Improve Your Home's Sell-ability

In  this economy, houses aren’t selling like they used to. However, there are some ways to improve the chances of  selling your house. If you have a house on the market, or are considering it,  read on for seven tips that will make it easier to sell your house and make a  smooth transition from one owner to the next. (Learn more in Selling  Your Home In A Down Market.)

  1. Maintain Neutrality
    This policy has worked for  Switzerland, and it can also work in real estate. Customizing your home is great if you plan to stay there, but extreme colors and themed rooms can  scare off potential homebuyers. If you have customized every room with extremely  bright or dark colored paint, wallpaper or wall fixtures, you may want to  consider toning it down a bit. Using neutral colors on the walls can help  prospective buyers create their own vision for the house, and will also leave  them with less work to undo if they buy the house.
  2. Less Is More
    Even though you have not moved out yet,  removing some of your furniture can help the house move off the market. If you  take pictures for your listing, having less furniture can help the home appear  more spacious. When potential homebuyers arrive, having less furniture can also  provide clear walkways.
  3. That New House Smell
    Honestly, the new  house smell isn’t always the most pleasant, but at least it is new. In preparing to  show your home, you should avoid strong smells. To avoid odors, make sure to  take out the trash and clean the refrigerator regularly. It is also good to be  mindful of what you cook in the days leading up to a showing since certain foods  have strong scents. If you have pets, keep an eye on the litter box. Any smell  that is too strong could send potential homebuyers running out the door.
  4. Pay Attention to the Details
    It is not a good idea to  make major renovations when you are ready to sell your home because you may not  recoup your investment.  If you never got around to starting or completing that total kitchen or bathroom  makeover, then you can make some small, inexpensive changes to spruce things up.  Replacing the hardware on cabinets is a quick way to improve the appearance of  older looking fixtures. Upgrading small items such as light switch and outlet  covers can also add a nice touch.
  5. Maximize Your “Curb Appeal”
    The front of your home is  the first thing prospective home-buyers will see, so keeping it presentable is a  must. If there is a yard, keep the grass to a reasonable height and if there are  trees, be sure to keep the branches under control. The path to your front door  should be a clear and welcoming one, not an obstacle course!
  6. Don’t Get Too Personal
    Upon entering your house,  everyone will know it is lived in, but they do not need to see all the evidence.  Get rid of excess clutter such as newspapers, magazines, and mail. Be sure to  put away your laundry and shoes. It may also be a good idea to put away some  other personal belongings like pictures on the refrigerator or mantle. For you,  the pictures may make a house a home or display your personal touch. For the new homeowner, it may appear too personal.
  7. Take Care of Repairs
    Waiting to make repairs until after  you find a buyer can be tricky. Depending on the nature of the repairs, you may  not be able to find a buyer. Depending on how fast the buyer wants to close on  the house, you may not have enough time to make the repairs. Save yourself some  time and potential trouble, by making repairs before you list your home. The  repairs will have to be made anyway, so it is better to get them out of the way  sooner rather than later.

First impressions can make the difference  between a sale or no sale. Keeping things simple can give you a leg up on  similar houses on the market.

Read more: http://www.investopedia.com/financial-edge/1109/7-ways-to-improve-your-homes-sell-ability.aspx#ixzz2IF7jH83w

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