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May 22 2012

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5 Tips for Preparing your House to Sell – The House Plan Shop

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For Sale SignIf you are thinking about putting your house on the market, it is important that you go the extra mile when preparing your house to sell. Your extra efforts up front will increase the positive feedback you receive from potential buyers and hopefully grab the attention of the right buyer. Follow these tips when getting ready to sell your home:

 

  1. Cut the clutter. File/organize bills and important documents in a file cabinet where they are easy find, yet hidden from site. Recycle old newspapers and donate old magazines to a nursing home or doctor’s office. Reduce collections and knick-knacks. While these items might be meaningful to you, they are often seen as clutter by a potential buyer. Display just a few sentimental items or a few pieces from your favorite collection and pack the rest. Also, limit the number of photos you display. Photos of the people who currently live in the home may turn off potential buyers as they formulate an opinion about the type of people who currently live in the home. Display just a few family photos and tuck the rest away until you move into your new home. Clear kitchen and bath counters. Open counters provide a more spacious appearance.
  2. Thoroughly clean the interior. Clean all surfaces including windows and mirrors. Dust and vacuum regularly. Be sure to make all the beds before you leave each day. Make sure there are no dirty dishes on the table or counter or in the sink. Pick up shoes and backpacks that may be lying in the foyer or mud room. Each time you leave your home, be sure to leave it spotless. You never know when the real estate agent will want to show your home to a potential buyer.
  3. Clean out the garage and basement. Many people use the garage and basement for storage, but the site of stacked boxes lining the walls of either space will make both seem small and cramped. Move boxes to the attic or rent a storage locker until your home sells.
  4. Update interior and exterior paint. A fresh coat of paint is a quick way to give your home a fresh look. Be sure to stick with neutral colors.
  5. Tidy up the exterior. Clean up your yard. Mow the grass regularly and dispose of grass clipping and leaves. Pull any weeds in the garden or flower bed. Add fresh mulch to your landscaping. Sweep the driveway, sidewalks, porches and decks regularly. You might even consider power washing decks and sidewalks. Also, clean your siding. Scrubbing with a diluted bleach solution is an easy way to clean siding.

 

Begin be following these tips and you’ll be on your way to getting your house ready to sell. You might also check with your real estate agent for additional tips on preparing to sell your home.

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Apr 29 2010

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5 Home Selling Tips

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Tips For Selling Your HomeIf you’re building a new home and planning to put your current house on the market, there are many things you can do to set your home apart from the rest grabbing the attention of potential buyers. In a housing market saturated with foreclosures, The House Plan Shop is here to help you. These home selling tips will make your house stand out among the rest and most won’t cost much more than your time and a little bit of elbow grease.

 

Real estate professionals suggest the following tips to help sell your home.

 

Start sooner rather than later – Contact a realtor before you want to list your home. This professional can give you advice about preparing your home for the housing market and motivate you for the sale. This also allows time to evaluate and assess the home’s value as compared to others on the market in your area. Give the realtor plenty of time to make sure your home is competitively priced.

 

Clean thoroughly – Buyers are looking for a clean and comfortable home so clean everything from floor to ceiling. This includes appliances, the basement and garage, and inside cabinets and closets. Freshen things up by painting the walls with a neutral color and eliminate odors, especially pet odors. Pay attention to every detail. A dirty home gives the impression of neglect. You want potential buyers to get a feeling you’re home has always been kept in good shape.

 

 Enhance curb appeal – We often think about selling our home, but in reality, we are selling our yard too. Take a look at your home and yard from across the street. Does it look welcoming, clean and well-kept? Many buyers drive past potential homes before viewing the home with a real estate agent. It is your job to give buyers a reason to want to come inside. Trim bushes and shrubs, plant flowers, get rid of any of last year’s dead plants, mow the yard, clean the windows, and touch up or clean the trim. Make your home look inviting from the street.

 

Clean up the entrance – You only have one chance to make a lasting first impression. Your front porch, door and foyer and the first things potential buyers will see when they visit your home. Make sure these combined entry spaces are clean and inviting. Touch up paint, sweep leaves off the front porch and sidewalk, clear cobwebs, make sure all the hardware on the front door matches and keep the foyer tidy.

 

Open up and sell your space – Many buyers are looking for more space in their new home so free up your space offering a more open and spacious feel in every room. Clear clutter by packing items you will not need until you move into your new home. Box up small items and designate a space in your home, such as a corner of the basement, to stack boxed items. Get rid of anything you don’t plan to take with you to your new home whether it is a piece of furniture, a broken lawn mower or shoes you haven’t worn all year. Free up space. If you have two oversized couches in the family room, put one in storage. Make sure there is plenty of room for potential buyers to move about in each room. Get rid of little things too. Don’t leave mail strewn across the counter or piles of paper on your desk. Organizing the little things helps free up space too.

 

If you are building a new home and getting ready to put your current house on the market, these handy tips will help you attract potential buyers and set your house apart from the rest. 

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Mar 11 2010

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Staging your Home to Sell Faster

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Selling Your HomeIf you are planning to build a new home, chances are you have to sell your current home. This can be very discouraging when everywhere you look there are houses for sale right now. Some are for sale with real estate companies while others are for sale by owner. How can you compete with so many houses on the market? The good news for you is that many sellers do a lousy job of presenting the home that is for sale.

 

Sometimes it’s the small things that count when trying to sell your home. Other times it is the extra effort you make and the extra muscle you put into selling your home that seals the deal. Below is a list of tips to help you stage your home to sell and make it stand out among the rest.

 

Clear the clutter: Get rid of anything you don’t need in a room or put it in storage. A modestly filled room looks larger and more inviting than a cluttered one. Furthermore, cluttered homes and sloppy surroundings can make a potential buyer question how well you’ve maintained your home over the years.

 

Remove personal items: Take time to remove personal effects and photos. When buyers view your home, they try to imagine themselves living there. If your home is filled with too many personal items, it makes it harder for potential buyers to imagine themselves living in the home.

 

Look outside: The first thing a potential buyer sees in the outside of your house, which instantly creates a first impression. Freshly cut grass, potted plants on the porch and swept sidewalks look inviting making the potential buyer more interested in seeing what is inside. On the other hand, poorly trimmed shrubs or dying grass can turn a buyer away before they ever make it through the front door.

 

Pay for a plan: Do a little research and find a home stager to visit your home. Pay them for their consulting services and then provide the muscle and elbow grease to make the changes and improvements they recommend.

 

Main rooms first: Take the professional stager’s suggestions and work on the important rooms first. Most buyers are especially interested in the kitchen, main living areas, master bedroom and master bath. These are the rooms you definitely want to tackle. But remember, the first thing potential buyers see is the entry, so this should space should be equally important. Once the main rooms and the entry are done, make a minor changes and adjustments to the secondary rooms.

 

Know your audience: Stage your home to attract the type of buyers that are shopping in your neighborhood. Your house should suit the demographic of buyers. If most buyers are families with children, keep all the bedrooms as bedrooms. However, if many of the buyers are singles or couples without kids, stage one of the bedrooms as a home office or exercise room.

 

Screen appeal verses curb appeal: In today’s market, most home buyers research homes online before viewing the home in person. If you plan to post your home online, it is crucial that the house is staged and looking its best inside and out before the photos are taken. And, don’t try to get by with a cheap camera. Even a great looking home can look undesirable in a bad photo. If you’re trying to appeal to online shoppers, the photos will determine if potential buyers take the next step…viewing the house in person. 

 

Staging your home will make it stand out among the rest of the homes for sale in your neighborhood. Use these handy tips to help you stage you home resulting in a faster sale for you.

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