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Tips for Selling Your Home

Before you put a For Sale sign in your yard, follow the tips below to help get your home sold!

1) CONSIDER LISTING PRICE: It is imperative to price your home at it’s market value. If you attempt to price your property by leaving “negotiating room” in the list price, you may risk additional days on market, or no sale at all. With 1 buyer to every 8 sellers in the Twin Cities 13 county metro area, to sell your home, you must out price your competition.

2) CONSIDER CONDITION: Make sure that your home out shines your competition! A home in great condition and priced right is the best combination to get your home sold quickly.

Removing 1 to 2 of every 3 pieces of furniture will make your spaces seem roomier and will allow a prospective buyer to envision their own furniture in your home. Throughout your home, pack away most of your small decorative items, take all personal “knick knacks” and photos down. Remove out-dated wall paper and repaint in current neutral colors. In the bedrooms, store out-of-season clothing to make closets seem roomier. Don’t forget to clean and declutter the garage! Our agents are experienced with interior design and staging and can assist you through this entire process, with no need to hire an outside staging consultant.

4) MAKE REPAIRS: Even minor dents and dings in can make a bad impression. Seemingly small problems like sticky doors or locks, torn screens, cracked caulking, or a dripping faucet may seem trivial, but they’ll give buyers the impression that your house hasn’t been well maintained. Complete these and all necessary sheet rock repairs and paint touch ups. Be sure not to skimp here – first impressions are critical to potential buyers!

5) WASH WINDOWS: Wash your windows and screens inside and out for the best possible views.

6) CLEAN!: A clean house makes a better first impression and helps convince buyers that the home has been well cared for. Deep-clean your house as part of your preparation for listing, and you’ll needto keep it extra clean while it’s on the market. Wash fingerprints from light switch plates. Clean the stove and refrigerator inside and out. Professionally clean carpeting.

7) ELIMINATE ODORS: Open the windows to air out the house and help get rid of odors. Cleaning drapes will eliminate cooking odors, smoke, and pet smells that have been absorbed by fabric. Clearning carpets will help eliminate odors stored in carpet fabric.

8) LET THERE BE LIGHT: Put higher wattage bulbs in light sockets to make rooms seem brighter, especially basements and other dark rooms. Be sure to replace any burnt out bulbs! Stay away from energy efficient bulbs when trying to sell, so your house is as light and bright as it can be for showings.

9) YARDSCAPING: Your yard will be the very first thing potential buyers see – make sure you’re making a good impression by tidying it up! Cut the grass, rake the leaves, trim the bushes, and edge the walks. Put a pot or two of bright flowers near the entryway to make a warm welcome.

10) DRIVEWAY AND SIDEWALK FIXES: Patch holes in your driveway and fill cracks with sand if the driveway is sinking near the foundation. If you are trying to sell your home in the winter, make sure your driveway and walk ways are free of snow and ice.

11) CLEAN GUTTERS: If you have gutters, clean them!

12) UPDATES AND REMODELING: Do NOT spend the time or money updating items such as countertops, carpeting, or tile in your home unless your realtor has recommended you make those updates. In many cases you may not see a full return on your investment.

PREPPING FOR SHOWINGS: When your house is finally listed, you’ll need to plan to prep the house for showings. Make sure kitchen counters are clutter-free, put away all toys, clothes, and other items, polish bathroom fixtures and counters. Once the house is tidied up, turn on all lights, light a scented candle, and you’re ready to go!