Prepare Your Home For A Quick Sell

Prepare Your Home For A Quick Sell


The housing market may be tough in some areas of the country, but that doesn’t mean you should hold back placing your home on the market. If you have been transferred or manor houseyou must move, you really don’t have a choice anyway — your house will have to go on the market shortly.

Even in a saturated housing market, you can sell your home fast if your home has been prepared to sell. There will always be buyers shopping for a home — you just need to have an edge over other sellers in order to attract the type of buyer who wants your home.

Let’s explore some tips on what you can do to prepare your home to sell:

Maximize Curb Appeal — You may have only one shot to impress buyers and that shot is a miss if your home doesn’t have curb appeal. Trim back bushes, tidy the lawn, remove excess lawn ornamentation, repair/replace loose shingles, fix gutters and downspouts, paint trim, repair driveway or sidewalk cracks, or do whatever else your home needs to have done on the outside. You’ll never get buyers inside of your home if your outside is unappealing.

Touch Up The Interior — Now that potential buyers have crossed your threshold, will they be satisfied with what they see? You may need to clean and fix torn carpeting, touch up the kitchen cabinets with paint, repair a leaky faucet, remove excess furniture and paintings, oil a squeaky door or stuck window, clean out the fireplace, repair cracks, etc. Anything that can detract from your home’s appearance should be remedied before buyers are welcomed inside.

In most cases, you probably won’t have to spend thousands of dollars preparing your home for a sale, provided that the issues at hand are mostly minor and cosmetic. If working with an experienced real estate agent, she will advise you on what steps you can take to stage your home for a quick sell.

Help your home to stand out in a tough market by maximizing curb appeal and by touching up the interior — buyers are shopping, why shouldn’t they put your home at the top of their list?

Photo courtesy of Paula Jensen.


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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Matt's Musings", his personal blog. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and blogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".