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Top 4 things to focus on when selling your home.

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It seems everyone has their opinion of what are the most important aspects of selling your home and where to focus your attention.

1) Pricing is always number 1.

If your home is not priced right than most buyers will not even give it a second look. Buyers today have access to data that will give them a good idea of what a typical property is worth. You don’t want to overprice the home because the most important time of the listing period is when it is new and fresh. You need to take in comparable sales, market condition, interest rates, and time of year.

As a Realtor, we have to look at current properties for sale and assess the competition. We also have to look at the past sales and past listings that did not sell. When an appraiser does an appraisal, they look at past sales and come up with a value. Real estate agents have to examine more factor and see where the market is going and a good price point.

2) Online Pictures

90% of Potential buyers are going to lookup of initially find your home online. If the pictures online are of poor quality, you could possibly lose their interest. If your pictures online are poor in quality, ask your agent to retake them or hire a professional photographer to take them. This means that before you have the agent out to take pictures put in some extra time and make your house top notch.

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3) Curb Appeal

I have had many buyers that are turned off as soon as we pull up to a property because the yard is a disaster and not up kept. This will also show up in the picture that are online. I am not trying to say you need to hire a landscaper and pay big money to redo your landscaping. Sometimes a little redesign and landscaping is needed but most of the time it just needs to be groomed and clean. Keep the yard mowed, trash cleaned up, and the bushes trimmed.

If you don’t get people to look at your home than there is no chance you are going to sell. Once you get them in the house, it needs to be clean.

4) Cleanliness

If your house is dirty, it could cost you money. A clean house shows that you care about your home and take pride in it. If the house is dusty and dirty, cobwebs in the corners, crumbs in the kitchen corner, grimy build up on the shower, dirty toilets and anything else you can add. This gives the potential buyer the mindset of what else do they not take care of.

If I go to meet with a potential client that wants to sell their home and they ask what should be done, I will always tell them to make sure their home is clean and in order. It will bring them more money. I might also tell them to make repairs and fix a few thing if needed, but I always tell them Clean, Clean Again, and then Hire someone to clean. You will find things the second time around that you missed the first time, and a professional cleaning company will get EVERYTHING. You might even think about having them come in on a weekly basis so you can enjoy time with your family and not be cleaning all the time.

How To Ensure Your Garage Appeals to Potential Buyers

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When preparing their home for sale, many home owners make sure that their windows are clean and bright, their yard looks neat and tidy and their interior is beautifully staged. However, garages are often left forgotten. While you may not fully use your garage, this feature is often highly sought after. Your potential buyer may want to store their vehicle or simply prefer to have additional space for storage. Therefore, it is important that your garage holds maximum appeal to your potential buyers.

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Clear the clutter:
Since you are aiming to move within a matter of weeks, this is a great time to have a yard sale. You may have items in the home that you no longer want, but it is worth looking through any boxes and cabinets in your garage. You should aim to organize all shelves and cabinets to ensure that any remaining items look neat and tidy.
Organize, organize, organize!

Once you have cleared any unwanted items, you should properly organize all the items inside your garage. If storage space is limited, consider adding heavy duty hooks to lift larger items off the floor space. Consider installing some free standing shelving, which could also be used in your new home. Organizing items off the floor will ensure that the garage looks spacious and tidy. Make sure that any harmful chemicals, dangerous tools or flammable materials are stored safely away. Potential buyers may have children with them for the viewing, so they should feel safe and confident.

Clean up:
Most garages have suffered from spills and stains, and they are also home to years of spider webs. These should be cleaned away to allow the garage to look neat and tidy. Clear any oil spots from the floor, by using sawdust to absorb the liquid, before washing away with laundry detergent. Any windows should be cleaned to allow plenty of natural light.

Check all the features:
It is also important, to check that any electrical features are in proper working order. Potential buyers may obtain the impression that the home is neglected if lighting or door openers are not fully functional. You should check all switches, lights and features on your garage door opener. Replace any fuses or bulbs before they are forgotten. You may wish to consider installing a smoke detector as it will be a positive safety feature for potential buyers.

Dress the exterior:
Once the interior of your garage is looking great, be sure to dress the exterior. Adding a fresh coat of paint to woodwork and cleaning the siding can really enhance the curb appeal of your home. You could also make the exterior look more attractive with potted plants to showcase your appealing garage.

Highlight the special features:
While other properties in your area may have a garage, you should be sure to highlight any unique or special features which are particular to your garage. This could include work benches or storage solutions. You should ensure that your real estate agent is aware of these extra features, so they can be highlighted to any of your potential buyers.

Generally, a poorly presented garage will not cost you a sale. However, in a more challenging real estate market, a well presented and appealing garage, could be the feature which gets you the sale. This could give you an advantage over other properties in your area and help to secure a quick sale.