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Tips To Help
Sell Your Home Quickly

Want to sell your home quickly and at the best price?  With a little extra effort, you can make it happen.  The following tips are worth your special attention when selling your home.

  • First impressions are lasting.  The front door greets the prospect so make sure it's clean.  Keep the lawn trimmed and edged to enhance curb appeal.

  • Decorate for a quick sale.  Faded walls and worn woodwork reduce appeal.  A fresh coat of paint is often necessary.

  • Let the sunshine in.  Open draperies and blinds to show the prospect how bright and cheerful your house can be.

  • Fix the faucet.  Dripping water suggests faulty plumbing.

  • Repairs can make a big difference.  Loose doorknobs, sticking doors and windows and other minor flaws distract from your home's value.  Have them fixed.  When prospects see things that need attention, they worry about what they can't see.

  • Show from top to bottom.  Display the full value of your attic, basement and other utility space by removing all unnecessary articles.

  • Safety first.  Keep stairways clear.  Avoid a cluttered appearance and possible injuries.

  • Make closets look larger by having them neat and well organized.

  • Bathrooms help sell homes.  Check and repair caulking.  Make the room sparkle.

  • Arrange bedrooms neatly.  remove excess furniture and use attractive bedspreads and curtains.

  • Can you see the light?  The potential buyer will notice the warmth when the lights are turned on for an evening showing.  Check  bulb wattage to see if you need to brighten up some areas.

  • Turn off radios and TV's when the house is being shown.  Soft background music may be appropriate but should not be a distraction.

  • Pets underfoot?  Keep them out of the way - outside if possible.

  • Three's a crowd.  Let your realtor show the property.  Buyers so not feel comfortable looking at your home when you are present.  If you want to introduce yourself to them and then take a walk around the block, they will feel more like talking to the realtor and asking questions.

  • Be it ever so humble, never apologize for the appearance of your home.  After all, it is lived in.  Most buyers understand that.  Do your best to keep it neat and clean.

  • Stay in the background and let the agent emphasize the features of the home.

  • Why put the cart before the horse?  Trying to dispose of furniture and furnishings to a potential buyer who has not made an offer could lose the sale.

  • A word to the wise.  Let your realtor discuss price, terms, possession and other factors with the customer.  They are qualified to negotiate a favorable conclusion.