Spring is a great time to put your house on the market. According to a study by Zillow, homes listed between mid-March and mid-April traditionally sold the fastest. But before you call an agent to list your property, you will want to do a few things to your house to guarantee a quick sale and a higher sale price.
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Don’t discount curb appeal. If the exterior of your home isn’t appealing, there’s a chance buyers may not even bother to go inside. The exterior of your home is the first thing a buyer sees when viewing your property and it gives them a glimpse of what can be expected as they tour the inside. Successful curb appeal can be as easy as pressure washing the driveway and sidewalk, painting the front door and putting down a new “welcome” mat.
Even the smallest repair can be an eyesore. Whether it be a missing shutter or hanging gutters on the exterior of the property to chipped woodwork, scratched flooring, or dinged kitchen cabinets inside – minor repairs can be the difference between a low offer and full-asking price.
According to HGVT, shades of pale blue reportedly bring in the largest sale price when used in bedrooms and bathrooms, while warm browns are popular in living areas. Shades of warm gray are a good color choice if you plan to repaint the entire interior before putting it on the market.
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Home staging is a big business but you do not have to hire a staging company to sell your property. You can stage your own house; it’s basically the process of streamlining your rooms. Remove clutter and personal items such as family photos. Remove heavy window coverings – let the sunshine in. Arrange furnishings so buyers can easily navigate between rooms without bumping into your furniture.
If you are like the average homeowner, you don’t see your own dirt. Hire a professional cleaning company to dust wood trim, clean baseboards, hardwood floors, vinyl flooring, and steam clean the carpeting before listing your home. Not to mention, potential buyers will notice the whole house smells fresh and clean.
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