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INCREASING YOUR HOME’S VALUE

When you’re preparing your house for sale, remember the importance of first impressions. The market is not the only factor that influences whether you get your asking price. Appearance and overall condition play a major role. Here are some easy things you can do to make your home more appealing to buyers.

Outside

It is estimated that more than half of all houses are sold before the buyers even get out of their cars. So stand across the street from your house and review its curb appeal.

  • Sweep front walkway
  • Remove newspapers, bikes, and toys
  • Park extra cars away from the property
  • Trim the shrubs
  • Apply fresh, clean paint throughout
  • Clean windows and window coverings throughout
  • Keep plumbing and all appliances in working order
  • Maintain all sealants (window, tub, shower, sink, etc.) in good condition
  • Mow the lawn more frequently or remove snow when necessary
  • Keep pet areas clean

Inside

  • Kitchen and bathroom should shine
  • Quick once-over with the vacuum; carpets should be clean
  • Place fresh flowers in the main rooms
  • Put dishes away, unless setting a formal display for decoration
  • Make beds and put all clothes away
  • Open drapes and turn on lights for a brighter feel
  • Straighten closets
  • Enhance the spaciousness of each room. Pack away collectibles to allow buyers to envision their own furnishings in the home

Important Reminders

  • Potential buyers usually feel more comfortable if the owners are not present.
  • If people unaccompanied by an agent request to see your property, please refer them to your Zurfluh real estate professional for an appointment.
  • Leave a number where you can be reached if you are leaving town, even for a weekend.

 

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