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10 Easy Tips and Tricks to Prepare Your Home for Sale

When it’s time to put your home up for sale, it seems like the list of things that needs to be done is endless.  Choosing the right Realtor is your first step, then you’ll need to prepare your home to be seen by potential buyers.  I have compiled a list of 10 easy things you can do make sure your home appeals to the largest number of people when it’s for sale.

Your home is your product
To maximize the value of your home and the speed of its sale, your home should be properly set up and displayed like any ‘product’ that is offered for sale.  Packaging and merchandising are critical factors when it comes to sales.

First impressions count
You’ll never get a second chance at a first impression, so attempt to walk through your property in the shoes of your prospective buyers.  Look at your entire home with an honest eye and discern what needs improvement and/or enhancement.

5 Quick and Easy Room Updates for Home Sellers

De-clutter!
You are not selling your personal things.  Organize!  Purge!  If it’s not in daily use it really doesn’t need to be there.  It is okay to have storage for your “stuff”.  We all have stuff, but keep it minimized, neat, and organized.  Think to yourself  “selling my home, selling my home” when de-cluttering, it will help you to stay focused!

De-personalize
Why take down the family photos and the wedding pictures?  Prospective buyers are walking through imagining themselves living in your home.  They can easily become distracted by your personal photos and mementos, and they will start focusing on who you are and how you live, rather than imagining themselves living there.

Reduce
Reduce the amount of furnishings in your home.  Are any rooms in your home filled with too much furniture?  Are they too large for the room?  Aim to give your room some breathing space for reasons.  First, it allows the prospective buyer to fully appreciate the space, and second, it allows an easy traffic flow.

7 Curb Appeal Tips to Prepare Your Home for Sale

Clean, clean, clean
Your home should be sparkling clean and odor-free before you consider putting in on the market and showing it to prospective buyers (again, the first impression).

Repairs
If a door squeaks, a handle is wobbly, or a drawer does not open or close smoothly; it needs to be fixed!  Buyers will notice and they will make judgments on the maintenance level and upkeep of the rest of your property, based on that one small thing.  A $500 repair to you means a $5,000 reduction in the price to them!

Paint color and condition
Keep it neutral, but up to date.  Boring?  To you maybe, but highly desirable to prospective buyers. Their thought process simply put is that they can move in without having to first spend time and money to paint over the colors you’ve chosen.

Light
Sunny and bright interiors are more appealing and therefore easier to sell.  Clean your windows inside and out.  Check for burnt out bulbs.  Replace low wattage with brighter bulbs.

Decor touches
Pay very close attention to the small details that help in forming the overall impression.  Small touches you could add are fresh cut flowers, a bowl of fresh fruit, a small potted plant, or a coffee table book.  When your prospective buyers leave after seeing your home, they will be discussing what they saw based on their overall impression of the home.

Selling your home is one of the most important decisions you’ll make in your lifetime.  No matter what your reason is for selling, the goal is to sell it quickly and for as much money as possible.  I’d love to help you do just that!

Have other tips for home sellers?  Please leave them in the comments box below!

My name is June Seebohm and I am an experienced Realtor serving the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, SC area’s. I am happy to help you in any way that I can in regards to learning about our beautiful area, as well as any and all of your real estate needs or questions! Please don’t hesitate to contact me via email: june@alwaysjune.com or call 843-290-2929. I also have a Facebook Page and would love to connect with you there. Whether you are a vacationer, resident, buyer, seller, or current home owner/renter interested in the Hilton Head area, this is a blog you’ll want to follow!

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5 Tips to Sell Your Home Faster

Whether you are just getting ready to put your home up for sale or it’s been on the market for a few months, there are a few things you can do that will help it to sell faster.  Your home needs to stand out from the rest and allow potential buyers to see themselves living there.  Here are a few tips I have that will help you sell your home and move forward with the next step in your life!

The first impression a potential buyer will have of your home is the curb appeal.  It is important to make sure the lawn is freshly mowed, weeds are removed, and it looks clean.  Enhancing the curb appeal doesn’t have to break the bank.  A few easy and inexpensive projects you can do in a weekend are painting the front door, trim, or shutters, and adding a few flower pots to the entry way, welcoming in those buyers.

A buyer needs to be able to see themselves living in your home, so remove your family photos and personal decorations.  You’ll also want to keep the accessories to a minimum, as they tend to distract buyers from actually seeing the space.

When it comes to the furniture, start by arranging the main pieces in a conversational way.  If at all possible, remove any furniture that creates clutter or is too large for the space.  A great way to change your outdated or worn furniture without buying new is to use slip covers.  Slip covers give you a less expensive alternative, and can transform the look of your space.

Buyers love closet space!  Preparing to sell is a great time to clean out the closets to declutter, organize, and make them appear as large as possible.  It is important for every room in your home to be clean, clutter free, and organized.  Be sure to clean all of the windows on the inside and outside to let in as much natural light as possible.

My name is June Seebohm and I am an experienced Realtor serving the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, SC area’s. I am happy to help you in any way that I can in regards to learning about our beautiful area, as well as any and all of your real estate needs or questions! Please don’t hesitate to contact me via email: june@alwaysjune.com or call 843-290-2929. I also have a Facebook Page and would love to connect with you there. Whether you are a resident, buyer, seller, or current home owner/renter interested in the Hilton Head area, this is a blog you’ll want to follow!

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