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By Amie Chilson | Broker in San Francisco, CA
  • Preparing Your Home for Sale

    Posted Under: Home Selling, Curb Appeal, Property Q&A  |  May 16, 2013 6:50 PM  |  374 views  |  No comments

    Preparing your home to show is not a

    matter of taste, but of strategy:

    Is there anything that might be done that would result
    in making you more money? 

    Regardless of current market conditions, it has been shown time and time again that a well-prepared home will sell for a higher price and in less time than unprepared properties.

    Many items that may be done cost comparatively little, and yet may dramatically enhance market response and value. However, from basic cleaning to full staging, anything that appears likely to add significantly more value (in achieved sales price) than what it costs to perform is worth your consideration.

    Remember that most buyers and agents have little imagination: If a property looks appealing, they respond well, and if it doesn’t, they simply walk away without even thinking of simple remedies.

    The options below range from items that every seller should undertake or at least seriously consider – because the return on investment is so clear – to options that may or may not apply to specific properties or make sense to specific sellers.

    • Thorough, professional cleaning of the entire house, including carpets, hardwood floors and windows. The kitchen and bathrooms, in particular, should look pristine for all showings.
    • Fresh interior paint, especially of main rooms, with light, neutral colors. Perhaps the best investment a seller can make.

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