How to Prepare a Home for the Real Estate Market - Tip Sheet by

A better real estate market is fantastic news for those wishing to put a property on the market, but it also means that competition grows in number as well. Because of this, there are certain things that you can do to make sure you stand out against many others that are in the market as well. The first may seem obvious, but that doesn't make it any less necessary: make sure the property is kept clean. Sometimes this may mean that you need to hire someone to do a deeper cleaning than usual, but you want the first impression to be the best. Saying that, you'll also want to make sure that the deep cleaning is not the only one you do. Don't allow the property to become cluttered as time goes on. This allows the potential buyer to better visualize their own things there. A fresh coat of paint is usually a good idea, but make sure it's a neutral color. Adding new features will perk interest as well, and many can be done yourself. Lastly, walk through the home as if you were the buyer. View it from their eyes to see what needs to be fixed up or changed.

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POSTED January 06 2014 1:46 PM

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