Is Your Home Ready to Sell?

    Here are 10 tips to help you sell your home as quickly as possible:

    1.  PRICE IT RIGHT FROM THE START.  Sellers often think they should start the asking price high then lower it later if the house does not sell.  But that can result in a slower sale – sometimes at a lower price.  The first 30 days on the market are so important.  It is always the best activity you will see while on the market.  If the price is too high, many buyers and their agents will stay away, assuming you are not serious about selling or unwilling to negotiate.
    2. BOOST YOUR HOME’S CURB APPEAL.  This could mean adding new sod, planting flowers, painting the front door or replacing the mailbox.  Prospective buyers form an opinion the moment they spot the home.  Curb appeal is everything!  Driving into the driveway and walking up to the front door sets the expectations.
    3. UPDATE THE INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR.  New fixtures, fresh paint and updated landscaping are fairly easy and affordable ways to give your home a makeover.  Make sure it is up to current market conditions and what’s in style.
    4. CLEAN, DECLUTTER AND DEPERSONALIZE.  The fewer things there are in the home, the larger it will look so remove knickknacks and excess furniture.  Take down family, religious and political photos so buyers can envision their family in the home.  Finally, hire a cleaning service to do a deep cleaning.  A clean home tells buyers it has been well maintained.
    5. STAGE THE HOUSE TO SHOW HOW THE ROOMS ARE SUPPOSE TO BE USED.  If you have odd rooms with no obvious role, give them one.  For example, an alcove off the kitchen could be staged as an office.
    6. MAKE THE PROPERTY EASY TO SHOW.  The more flexible you are about the visits, the more people will be able to see your home.  Be ready for prospective visitors early in the morning, at night and on weekends with little notice.  It is always best to leave the home while it is shown in order for the prospective buyers to feel comfortable.
    7. REMOVE PETS (IF POSSIBLE).  If you cannot remove a pet during a showing, have them in a secluded area of the home.  Make sure toys and cat litter are put away.
    8. HIRE A REPUTABLE AND EXPERIENCED REAL ESTATE AGENT.  A good real estate agent will provide a current market analysis of your neighborhood to help you set the listing price, have professional photographs taken of your home and should have an aggressive marketing plan in place for advertising.  Choose wisely!
    9. SHARE INFORMATION ABOUT LIFE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD.  Make sure the listing of your home includes information about nearby recreation, dining and shopping.  If the schools are good, make sure to include that information.  You are not only marketing the home, you are marketing the lifestyle as well.
    10. FRANKIE ARTHUR TEAM.  You will not find a better or more experienced team to walk you through the process of selling your home.  We have a full service team to include an interior designer for staging and professional photography for advertising on hundreds of websites. 

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