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By A.J. Ackerman 239-349-3784 | Agent in Cape Coral, FL

Do you want to sell your home?

Houses 4 sale on the market today…

HorseshoeDrivewaySm Tip 2: Houses 4 Sale. Let’s sell your home.

This is the second tip in our series: “12 Tips for Buying Real Estate in Southwest Florida” which is also available as a free eBook at www.AckermanSWFL.com/ebooks/.

…are usually great deals (if not steals) for buyers. But what if you’re on the other end of the transaction? Read on for tips for sellers!

For many, part of the buying process means selling a home as well, unless of course you are a first time home buyer. At first, you may be inclined to go to the local newspaper and immediately list your home in the houses 4 sale section of the classifieds. But selling a home can be a time consuming, frustrating and draining process if it is not approached in the right way. Here a are a few helpful tips.

Prepare your home.
Selling your home in it’s current condition may not be the best way to get the maximum offer. At minimal expense, light touch ups here and there will make selling your home much easier!

The biggest mistake most sellers make when selling a home is not staging it properly. Your home has to look like a clean slate that every buyer can picture themselves living in:

  • De-clutter: Put excess furniture and belongings in storage, consider having a garage sale. Cluttered homes do not show well.
  • Minimize personal items: Photos and knick knacks show that it is someone else’s home. Buyers cannot picture themselves in your home when you’re pictured all over the place.
  • Touch up paint: Cover small blemishes within your home or on your home’s exterior. These small, easy fixes if left unattended, can turn off potential buyers.
  • Curb appeal is key: Making a positive first impression on prospective buyers is imperative. Excellent curb appeal = an excellent first impression.
  • Keep your home free of odors and clutter: Prospective buyers don’t want to see or smell cat urine, pet hair, pet stains, and dusty/dirty or cluttered homes.

For 3 more hints on how to make selling your home a breeze, download our ebook: 12 Tips for Buying Real Estate in Southwest Florida.

Contact us to properly list your home. Listing your home in the local newspaper’s houses 4 sale section isn’t a bad idea. But we will also list your home in the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS) which will gain your home listing a tremendous amount of exposure.

-A.J.

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