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8 Tips for Selling Your Home

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People are always asking us for a foolproof plan to quickly and easily sell their home.  In most cases, they've found their new home and are excited to move in, get settled, and start the new chapter of their lives.  But, they also want to sell their current real estate for top dollar proving that it was a good investment.

We know you're getting a lot of well-meaning advice from everyone who wants to see you sell your home in a profitable, painless way.  As Coldwell Banker Rizzo Mattson, Realtors, we've heard all the tips; from burying a statue of Saint Joseph (even if you're not Catholic!) to the Feng Shui approach, from appealing to potential buyers' sense of smell to yellow flowers by the front door.  While it would be wonderful to have that never-fail trick, we're here to tell you it's the basic, tried-and-true tips that work time and time again.  We've compiled a list of the eight things we know really work.  Here they are:

  1. Curb Appeal:  Make a good first impression with a clean lawn, a power-washed house, and freshly painted doors and shutters
  2. Bathrooms:  Clean, and preferably updated, bathrooms with clean towels, minimal items on the counter and in the shower are a must.  If possible, updates to cabinets, shower heads and other fixtures would be helpful too.
  3. De-clutter Rooms:  We know it's hard to live in your house while always trying to keep it show-ready, but try to keep non-essential items to a minimum throughout your house.
  4. Natural Light or 'the illusion':  Let as much light into your rooms as possible.  If you don't have natural light, use table lamps and tall corner lamps.  Be careful not to overdo it though; too many lamps draw attention to the lack of light.
  5. Pets:  Remove your pets, or at the very least, contain them.  You don't want anything to take away from the beauty of your home.
  6. Staging:  Not everyone can afford professional staging, nor do they need to.  But, you can stage rooms to showcase the best use for that room.  Make each room look inviting and spacious.  Less furniture and nice lighting help to create a larger look.
  7. Clean the Garage:  It's never a fun job, but a de-cluttered garage with added shelving for organization makes a big impression.
  8. Kitchen:  The heart of the home should have clean appliances, updated fixtures, and fresh paint.

Some of these tips may seem obvious, but they often get overlooked during this busy time.  Your additional work and attention to detail will pay off in the end.

Do you have a helpful tip we should add to our list?

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