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Whether you are thinking about selling your home, or simply
want to improve the value of your investment, there are a number of small steps
you can take to boost your home’s value, either for the current market, or for
Keep it clean and organized. While it
can be difficult to keep your home perfectly clean, it is important to make an
effort, especially in areas like the basement and other storage areas, which
seem to collect clutter. Keeping your home clutter free will not only make it
more sellable, but also decrease the places where spiders and other bugs can
Improve your lawn. If you have a lawn,
it should be full and green, not patchy. If it needs some improvements, most
home improvement stores sell grass seed specially bred to fill in patchy lawns.
Add another layer of insulation.
Whether you live in a very warm or very cold region of the country, your house
could probably stand for another layer of insulation, to keep the air
conditioning or heating in and the outside temperatures out.
New appliances. Nothing dates a home
like old appliances. Updating your appliances can not only make your kitchen a
selling point, it will also make it your entire house more attractive and
New fixtures. Again, nothing says "This
Old House,” like bathroom fixtures from the 1950s. Putting in some new fixtures
can update the entire bathroom’s look.
Add a fence. Even if you love your
neighbors, a fence is a major selling point for most buyers, especially if they
have pets. This in a fairly inexpensive way to up your home’s value.
Clean the gutters. Not only do clogged
rain gutters fail to do what they were designed to do, they can actually cause
damage to your home, but overflowing and holding water on the roof of your
Add outdoor lighting. The more lights
there are outside, the more secure your home appears, and the less your buyers
will have to do when they move in.
Update storage areas. While you may
think that your current storage spaces are sufficient, a future buyer may want
to see updates to your storage regimen. Closet organizers are especially
Finish that basement. If you have a
basement, finishing it can add an additional room to your house, and is often
an attractive selling point with buyers. Plus, it will give your family more
space to relax.
If you have never sold a home before, you are probably not
prepared for what is going to happen once you agree to put the house on the
market. If you are using a listing agent (or agents), the steps are actually fairly
standard and predictable.
Getting started. After you’ve signed
your listing agreement, your home will be placed on what is called the Multiple
Listing Service. Almost every locality has this service, which simply alerts
real estate agents in the area of your home’s availability. The listing agent
will then put a "For Sale” sign in your yard, and a key lockbox on the house
itself. This box will have an extra set of keys locked inside, which will allow
agents to show the house even if you or your listing agent are not available to
do so. Some buyers are uncomfortable with this aspect of the selling process,
but it is important to remember that agents need to be able to show your home
when it is most convenient for their buyers. If the agents have to get in touch
with your agent, who then has to get in touch with you, to schedule an
appointment, it is more likely the buyers will just walk away.
Open houses. Your listing agent has
probably discussed the possibility of open houses with you, and may have even
taken a walkthrough of the house, to recommend where clutter and personal items
should be stashed. Before you list the house, it should be open house ready, meaning
that it should not be empty, but it should look like a blank slate, one that
buyers can imagine putting their personal touch on. In general, most buyers
prefer if the sellers are not present during the open house, as they like to
poke around the entire house, without feeling as though they are intruding.
Keeping the house ready-to-sell. Most
houses sell within ninety days of being on the market. Your agent will help you
negotiate any offers that you receive. In the meantime, however, your agent
will generally request that you keep the house ready-to-show at all times. This
can be especially stressful if you have a dog or children, as they are
notorious for messing up an otherwise clean house. Though this may be a
draining task, remember that it is a vital one, if you want your house to sell.
Despite the fact that most people do not keep their own house is perfect shape,
remember that they should see yours as a blank slate for their lives.
Keep in mind that some houses do not sell in the first nine
weeks. At this point, you should discuss with your listing agent if there is a
better way to approach the selling process. Now that you know the steps, you
can be better prepared for the road ahead. Though it is stressful, it is also
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