Most home sellers are lost when it comes to adding value to their home. Your home's value is determined by what your neighbors homes sell for as well as what features and benefits your home offers compared to theirs as well.
Having your home professionally cleaned on a bi-weekly basis while its on the market will help to keep it presentable at all times and take the burden off of you having to do it yourself. You can find cleaning companies that will come 3 times a week to 2 a month. If you have small children it will need to be more often. Having an unkempt homes quickly causes buyers to point their feet and dollars in another direction.
Having a great yard is like having a Porsche, everyone wants one, even if the maintenance is high. Does your home have that just out of a magazine spread look to it yard? If not, you have work to do. The home starts to sell itself just as your buyers pull up.
Search HGTV.com and find out what the latest trends are for kitchens or visit a few new home communities for some great ideas. Just because your kitchen looks great to do, doesn't mean it will to a buyer. Always go with basic color choices when updating your kitchen. Most buyers like islands in the kitchen, if you don't have one, you may want to consider it if your kitchen has the space for one.
If it smells, it will kill your deal. Smells mean problems when it comes to a basement. Clean and make repairs to any leaks you may have. The only thing worse than smelly basements are moldy basements.
Clean out the extra do-dads around the house including any kids toys that are laying around. Yes, we know you still live in the home, but treat a showing appointment like a date..do you bring children on a 1st date? Also people coming to your home are strangers and may feel uncomfortable being in your space as it is, having to tip toe around things left on the floor can be a major turn off and take points off your home when they are comparing properties. Impressions are everything.
These are just a few tips to help increase your homes valus. People like to buy homes that are show ready and look like they were just in a photoshoot for Home and Garden.. The less work your home looks like it needs the higher the price you will tend to receive in your offters. No one wants to buy a headache and if they do, they will ding you for it greatly in your sale price.
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