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Selling Your Home? Sprucing Up Inside and Around the Home Can Make All the Difference



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By : Andrew Brusnahan    99 or more times read
When selling your home, the goal of the endeavor is to actually get the home sold. However, while the ultimate goal is quite simple, many people do not present their home in an appealing manner to home buyers. In other words, there are things that could have been done to the home to make it more attractive to prospective home buyers. Three very easy (and usually quite inexpensive) ways to make your home sell as quickly and for as much revenue as possible, include adding to the curb appeal of the home, interior renovation, and de-cluttering.

First and foremost, the curb appeal of your home is probably the key factor when it comes to drawing in buyers; think of it as your home's first impression, which obviously needs to be as great as possible. Typically, the easiest way to get a good visualization on what could be done to enhance your home's curb appeal, is to simply step outside and identify which exterior features are the best, and then you can figure out ways to enhance these features. This could be as simple as power-washing vinyl siding, or a little more complex such as painting a door to match the overall color scheme of your home. Essentially, anything that does not belong on or around the outside of your home should be dealt with properly. Unruly tree limbs, tools, weeds, and leaves should all be taken care of so they do not affect the aesthetic quality of your home.

Adding to the curb appeal of your home is great when it comes to drawing in buyers, but what about retaining them? This usually comes down to the interior of the home and how well it looks to prospective buyers. A fresh coat of paint can work wonders on the appeal of a room, especially if that room has not seen a fresh coat of paint in years.

Moreover, the kitchen is a huge selling point in a lot of homes, so a slightly larger emphasis should be placed on that room. Give your kitchen a good cleansing by cleaning all of the surfaces, mopping the floors, and dusting. Also, an appliance makeover will only improve the quality of your kitchen. Completely clean all appliances until they look almost brand new, and if any parts need to be replaced in them, this is the time to make those repairs. GE, Cuisinart, Frigidaire, Electrolux, Maytag, KitchenAid, and Whirlpool parts are usually available at any hardware store or online. Once the kitchen is to your satisfaction, apply your focus to other vital rooms in the house such as the bathroom and master bedroom.

Lastly, there is bound to be some leftover tools, materials, and other items lying around after completing the interior and curb appeal renovations to your home, so it is time to go through and de-clutter. When it comes to tools, you want to be sure that they are not lying around when the homebuyers come around. While most homebuyers expect renovations to be made, tools lying around can have a negative appeal, signifying that the house may need major repairs. Therefore, any tools should be safely stowed away in your vehicle, garage, basement, attic, etc. Furthermore, if any items are being left at the house for the new owners, make sure that it is organized. For example, if you are going to sell the home stocked with glassware and silverware, then make sure that those items are neatly organized and as presentable as possible.

You definitely do not want your home to stay on the market forever, and to avoid this, three of the most basic things you can do to your house is simply add to the curb appeal, perform any needed interior renovations, and then finally, de-clutter and organize the home. Homebuyers are going to want to see a beautiful house that is everything they had ever wanted, so keep that image in your head. Ask yourself, Would I buy this home? What more could I do to make this home more appealing? Answer these questions and you should be on your way to selling your house quicker than you expected.
Andrew Brusnahan is a freelance writer with a hefty background in real estate. If you would like Andrew to write for you, simply send him an email at abrusnahan@yahoo.com

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