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Selling your Home? Make your Home Stand out from the Competition


When you make the decision to sell your home, it can pay off to judge your home with a critical eye and be willing to make some improvements before you actually put up a for-sale sign. This will help prospective buyers to see the real beauty of your home, help it stand out from all of the other homes for sale in the neighborhood and even help your home to sell faster and possibly for more money. This can be particularly important in today's market in which buyers reign supreme.

Take the first steps with the front of your home. Either head out to the yard to make some improvements on your own or consider hiring a landscaping company to trim the trees and shrubs, add mulching and freshen up everything. Give the mailbox a fresh coat of paint, replace the house numbers and put the trashcans out of sight. These are all relatively small changes but these improvements can help to entice buyers into making an appointment to see your home.

Next, make some changes on the inside. Even small touches like high quality silk plants or even real flowers will give your home that magazine layout appearance. In addition, look toward the kitchen. Remember this is the one room in the house that buyers usually look at first and it is also the room that can bring the greatest return on investment. Consider adding a fresh coat of paint, replacing the backsplash or investing in some new drawer pulls. If the lighting is outdated, replace it with something new and modern.

Have you ever noticed that the homes in magazines and model homes all have one thing in common? The table is always set as if waiting for a meal to be served. Setting a formal dining table is something most homeowners never think of and yet it can make a big difference in helping buyers to envision themselves actually living there.

You should also consider giving the front door a few fresh touches to greet buyers when they arrive. Either re-varnish or repaint it and polish or replace the hardware. These may not sound like big changes but they can really give your front door a whole new life.

Go through your home room by room and ensure that each room of the home has a focal point. This is something that many sellers do with important rooms like the living room but they often overlook other rooms. A focal point will help to draw buyers into that room and that can help them to fall in love with it. At the same time, move some of the furniture out of rooms and away from the walls. Give everything a critical once over and if it seems that you have too much furniture, as most people do, you may need to take some out altogether to keep rooms from appearing too cluttered.

Many times, homeowners become accustomed to the look of their closets, but when you are trying to sell your home, it is important to make sure you take the time to clear out the clutter so they appear to be as spacious as possible. Make a point to try to clear out at least 50% so that buyers can see the actual storage potential instead of your belongings. If you need to do so, consider renting a storage unit. This is also a good way to get a head start on your packing.

While you are clearing out the clutter, try to remove some of your belongings that personalize your home. Remember, buyers want to be able to imagine themselves living in a home and that can be hard to do if your family pictures are lining the walls and your children's drawings are covering the refrigerator.

Finally, if you have any extra cash to spare, you might think about hiring a home staging service to come in and professionally stage your home. At one time, staging was considered to be a luxury service, but today it is almost a must when trying to sell your home. If you cannot afford to hire someone to actually stage your home, at least think about hiring a home stager to come out and perform a consultation, a service that usually costs less than a full staging.

Remember, every little thing you can do to make your home stand out from the competition can help it to sell that much faster.


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