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Preparing To Sell and Buy.

The Cheapest Ways To Prep Your Home For A Quick Sale

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You don't need a ton of money to make your home look better to potential buyers, but it is important that it makes an impact. Remember, you only get one chance to make a first impression.
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Here are a few inexpensive things you can do, which could make all the difference when it comes to selling your home.

Increase Your Curb Appeal

Remember, you only get one chance to make a first impression, and when potential buyers walk up to your home, you've got less than a minute to impress them. How your home looks on the outside will set the tone for the rest of their tour. In Zillow's 2014 survey, real estate agents named curb appeal one of the five most important factors in selling a home.

Clear The Clutter and Clean Like You've Never Cleaned Before

This is one of those no-brainers: A messy and/or dirty home is a big turnoff and suggests to buyers that you haven't kept up the place. And yet, for some mind-boggling reason, homeowners still put their places up for sale with rooms looking like an episode from Hoarders: Buried Alive.

Depersonalize And Modernize The Place

You might have a great collection of Russian dolls, movie posters, or vintage family photographs to display, but buyers don't want to see them. You're better off making the place as much of a blank slate as possible, so potential buyers could actually see themselves living there instead of seeing you everywhere.

Stage Your Rooms

Most real estate experts will tell you that staging your home can help sell your house much faster. Staging is the act of preparing a residence by highlighting its best features and downplaying any faults. Decluttering and cleaning are part of staging, but it also includes things like not having too much furniture in a room making it feel smaller than it really is, setting out fresh flowers in the dining room, putting a bowl of fruit in the kitchen, upgrading your bathroom towels, or putting new hotel-like linens on the bed.

Pay Attention To The Fine Details

Finally, don't ignore the most obvious buyer turn-offs and the things a home inspector would ding you for (including the small things like a light not working). Cosmetic touch-ups like covering up small holes in walls or changing the hardware on kitchen cabinets are easy and inexpensive. Try to look at every room with a critical eye.

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