Selling your home doesn′t just mean hiring a Realtor to post a sign out front. A good Realtor will help guide you through the process. Here’s a rundown of the basics, to make to ensure you get the best possible price.
Repairs. Just because you’ve gotten used to the cracks in the walls and the rattles in the radiators doesn’t mean a buyer will not find fault. Buyers like to snoop around, so be sure to fix any sticky doors, drawers or leaks. Don’t forget the exterior—fences, shingles, walkways…after all, without curb appeal, some buyers may never get to see the inside.
Neutralize. You want buyers to see themselves in your home. Remove your personal items and “neutralize” with colors such as gray, “greige,” beige, tan, or white. Repainting and reflooring will make everything look fresh and new, and help prospective buyers imagine all the possibilities. I do like a few splashes of color here and there for visual interest, but this can be done with accents like pillows and tchotchkes.
Stage. Once your house is clean and updated, it’s time to play dress up. Home stagers will add details and décor that help bring out the possibilities in the various spaces in your home. Home staging can be particularly useful if your home has challenging spaces. Think of it as a little mascara and rouge—if it’s done right, you notice the beauty, not the makeup.
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