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Selling Tips

Preparing To List Your Home

Updating your home need not be extensive to make a lasting impression. Using a subtle fresh coat of paint, can revitalize any room.

To encourage potential buyers’ interest:

  • Eliminate or contain any strong odors in your home.
  • Since we become desensitized over time to odors, ask family or friends over to offer an honest opinion.
  • Consider baking cookies prior to an open house; the smell of baked goods will linger in the home, offering a comfortable “at home” feeling to prospective purchasers.
  • Clean your home thoroughly, and then keep it that way. Spend more time on the kitchen and bathrooms. Homes will sell faster if they look clean and free of clutter.
  • Maximize the space you have in each room by removing personal items, pictures on walls, and excess furniture.
  • Clean out your closets and donate items that you no longer use.

Prior to putting your home on the market, identify any needed repairs inside and out. The cost of a handyman for a day or two may encourage a buyer’s overall perception that your home is well maintained.

Please discuss with your Realtor any current issues with your home – it’s better to disclose issues than face potential legal battles later.

Be sure to provide the following documents to your agent:

  • Recent Utility bills
  • Upgrade receipts
  • A land survey
  • Mortgage balance
  • If there’s an association, a copy of the HOA agreement
  • Your agent will need a spare set of keys to allow other agents to show your home to interested buyers.

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