7 Essential Tips to Get Your Home Ready to Sell

Experts offer advice on the basic maintenance, touch-ups and organizing needed before you put your house on the market.

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Dirty appliances, unsightly rugs, and overgrown shrubs: These are common eyesores spotted by real estate agents and organizers as sellers prepare their homes for market. 'Buyers want a well-maintained home,' says Darla DeMorrow of HeartWork Organizing. 'They desire brightness, spaciousness, and move-in readiness.' From tackling repairs to enhancing curb appeal, here's how to present your home in its best light.

  1. Fix 'behind-the-scenes' issues: Address major repairs like leaky windows or worn roofing upfront to avoid surprises during buyer inspections.

  2. Enhance living space: Conduct a thorough cleaning, upgrade lighting, and eliminate outdated elements like wallpaper.

  3. Elevate curb appeal: Focus on a well-kept lawn, tidying the exterior, and adding finishing touches like flowers.

  4. Declutter systematically: Streamline possessions to ensure a thorough cleaning and avoid unnecessary expenses.

  5. Depersonalize: Tone down personal decor to help buyers visualize themselves in the space.

  6. Stage effectively: Arrange furniture and decor to accentuate the property's strengths.

  7. Seek professional assistance: Collaborate with certified professionals to simplify the selling process and maximize value.

 

Source: AARP

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