Being an Intelligent Seller

By: Justin Lee

So you are selling your home. But, there are probably a few hundred, maybe thousand depending on your area that are doing the same thing. That's a lot of competition. So how can you best ensure that your home rises to the top of the heap and gets noticed first? Well, there are a few agreed upon ways to accomplish this. Keep in mind that other sellers will be trying the same tricks to promote their homes so definitely take the time to make sure every aspect of the home is in it's best shape before you list the home.

Exterior - The outside of your home is where the first impression will come from. This area should have a second-to-none visual impact and it should beckon viewers in to have a closer look at your home.

A clean and tidy yard and immaculately clean frontage will go a long way to achieving this. In fact, a new coat of paint would be an excellent choice at this stage. If the driveway is a little worse for wear, then resurface it with an asphalt material for a quick and attractive boost. Gardens are a great way to increase the attractiveness of a home, but they also have the potential to drive buyers away if untended and unkempt. Gardens should be weeded and tidy with flowers and shrubs that compliment the home, not overpower it.

Interior - The interior of the home is a bit of a different story. It is usually far more personalized than the exterior and this can actually work against you in some cases. Buyers need to feel "at home" when they are looking through your property, personal items such as family pictures, an abundance of personal curios and items can decrease their ease while in the home. Try to remove these kind of items and store them away, essentially you want to have your home decorated like a show home. No personal effects, just a few pieces of furniture in each room to highlight the area and the colors and to give buyers a good idea of the room's dimensions when furnished.

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