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Getting Your Home Ready To Market

By Vincent Welch

If you’re planning on putting your home up for sale this year, there are things that will make your home more marketable and more than pay for themselves when your home sells.

One thing you should consider is a home staging service. This can be arranged through your realtor. The first step in staging a home starts with a preliminary interview or consult from the service provider. This can cost several hundred dollars and can initiate other improvements, but staged homes have traditionally resulted in faster and higher sales.

You can use your own techniques if there are no home stagers in your area. Most of these strategies will require hiring another professional, although there are things you can recognize and correct yourself.

Fix some minor flaws that you see that you’d make even if you weren’t planning to sell. You can bet that these simple fixes can make the difference at the point of sale.

Check the paint is sun-bleached or peeling? Repainting interior walls typically can be a headache and cost several hundred dollars, but statistics show you’ll get a 150 percent return on that investment. This is also true for the outside of your home. Costs may be close to $1,000, but the return could be twice that.

Now take a look at your rugs. Are they dirty or worn out? Rug cleaning products can refresh an old carpet and can impress a prospective buyer, just remember to always vacuum first! If the carpet is too far gone for shampoo, you may opt for installing a new carpet before the buyers arrive at the door. But choose the best quality for the price and always go for a neutral tone. Yes, this can be an investment, but it will serve to attract serious buyers. If there is damaged flooring elsewhere, the same rule applies. If you make these changes now, the result will be a sold sign posted on your front lawn.

Although issues to the plumbing or electric in the house may not be evident to the buyer, this is something their realtor will notice. They will likely use it in the buyer’s favor to negotiate the price down, or ask you to make the repair before an agreement of sale. If you make these small fixes before the first buyer arrives, this will be one less hassle you have to deal with later on.

Brightening up your home is also important. None of these things are reflected on an appraisal sheet but they improve your home’s marketability and typically show returns of three or more times the cost of the work. For these areas, look for a professional to make recommendations and carry out the projects.

They won’t be back for a second look if they aren’t impressed the first time.

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Welch, Vincent "Getting Your Home Ready To Market." Getting Your Home Ready To Market. 17 Aug. 2010. 22 Oct 2017 <>.

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