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Top tips to get your house ready to sell

| Dec 28, 2016 | Residential Real Estate |

When the time comes to get your home ready to sell, there are several things you can do to attract more buyers and higher offers. Each room can have increased value and potential with just a few changes. Some are expensive updates, but others are easy fixes. Take a moment to review these tips to help you sell your home.


Sprucing up the outside of your home is important to let buyers know that you have taken care of the property. If it is spring or summer, make sure lawns have crisp edges and flowers or bushes are planted. An attractive porch or patio set makes a home look inviting. Any outdoor features should be kept clean and in good condition or else be removed, and any wood surfaces should be sanded. In colder months, keep up on leaf and snow removal.

One of the best ways to improve the curb appeal of your home is adding new paint. Most buyers prefer two tones and faux finishes on corners. Decks need to be closely inspected since a new space will increase value, but a dilapidated one will become a dangerous liability.


When it comes to flooring, tile is often more versatile and easier to maintain than carpet. Selecting vinyl tile can give a polished look without adding too much expense. Be sure not to lay tile in a pattern to avoid creating an unnatural feel. By starting with a center line, you can branch out in either direction for a quick, effective change.

Original hardwood flooring is a huge selling point but often needs some updating to look attractive. Hardware stores can rent a large sander to you so you can refinish the entire floor with a rich stain color. You may need to replace some of the boards during this process.


Some stylish finishes such as shabby wood panels may look good, but they are likely to hurt your home’s resale chances because they will not appeal to all buyers. Instead, opt for neutral wall colors and light decorations.


One of the biggest value-increasing rooms is the kitchen. Determine your budget for this room and then make the most with what you have. New appliances will update your kitchen quickly, and granite countertops will be a big selling point. Shop sales and use granite remnants to get that wow factor without spending a fortune.

For many people, the coming year will be the perfect time to sell. When it comes to listing your home, one excellent asset you can have is a real estate lawyer. An experienced attorney can help you get your home sold for the best price and aid in any negotiations. Contact one today and you will be ready to sell in no time.

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