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If you are planning to sell your home, there are several things you can do to prepare it for sale:
Clean and declutter: A clean and decluttered home will be more attractive to potential buyers. Take the time to thoroughly clean every room in your home, including windows, floors, and surfaces. Remove any unnecessary items and organize your belongings to make the space look as open and spacious as possible.
Make necessary repairs: Fix any obvious problems with your home, such as leaky faucets, broken windows, or damaged walls. These repairs will help to make your home more appealing to buyers and may also help to increase the value of your home.
Update the decor: While you don't want to spend a lot of money on major renovations, making a few small updates can help to make your home more appealing to buyers. Consider painting walls in neutral colors, replacing outdated light fixtures, or updating old hardware on doors and cabinets. Remove or replace dated items like doolies, floral bedcoverings, toilet seat covers and screams 1990’s or before.
Stage the home: Staging your home can help to make it more attractive to buyers. This involves arranging furniture and decor in a way that showcases the best features of your home and helps potential buyers envision themselves living there.
Depersonalize: Remove family photos and “collections”. For safety reasons, remove children’s names from bedroom walls or anywhere visible to potential buyers or the public.
Do these items before you show your home to your listing agent and before they take photographs for the multiple listing service. By taking the time to prepare your home for sale, you can increase its appeal to potential buyers and improve your chances of selling it quickly and for a good price.
WHAT TO KNOW
7 Reasons to Work With a REALTOR®
REALTORS® aren’t just agents. They’re professional members of the National Association of REALTORS® and subscribe to its strict code of ethics. This is the REALTOR® difference for home buyers:
- An expert guide.
Selling a home usually requires dozens of forms, reports, disclosures, and other technical documents. A knowledgeable expert will help you prepare the best deal, and avoid delays or costly mistakes. Also, there’s a lot of jargon involved, so you want to work with a professional who can speak the language.
- Objective information and opinions.
REALTORS® can provide local information on utilities, zoning, schools, and more. They also have objective information about each property. REALTORs® can use that data to help you determine if the property has what you need.
- Property marketing power.
Property doesn’t sell due to advertising alone. A large share of real estate sales comes as the result of a practitioner’s contacts with previous clients, friends, and family. When a property is marketed by a REALTOR®, you do not have to allow strangers into your home. Your REALTOR® will generally prescreen and accompany qualified prospects through your property.
- Negotiation knowledge.
There are many factors up for discussion in a deal. A REALTOR® will look at every angle from your perspective, including crafting a purchase agreement that allows you the flexibility you need to take that next step.
- Up-to-date experience.
Most people sell only a few homes in a lifetime, usually with quite a few years in between each sale. Even if you’ve done it before, laws and regulations change. REALTORS® handle hundreds of transactions over the course of their career.
- Your rock during emotional moments.
A home is so much more than four walls and a roof. And for most people, property represents the biggest purchase they’ll ever make. Having a concerned, but objective, third party helps you stay focused on the issues most important to you.
- Ethical treatment.
Every REALTOR® must adhere to a strict code of ethics, which is based on professionalism and protection of the public. As a REALTOR®’s client, you can expect honest and ethical treatment in all transaction-related matters.
Present by the Cambria Somerset Association of REALTORS® Data compiled from the Cambria Somerset Association of REALTORS® Multiple Listing Service
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