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By Cindy Schlee | Agent in Grand Rapids, MI

Tips for selling your home

Staging your home for a quick sale!

In Grand Rapids over the last few years, selling your home has posed more of a challenge.  Besides pricing your home correctly, staging is the next most important task to assure a timely sale.  When preparing for a job interview I would probably spend time on my appearance, knowing that the first impression is the most important.  It is the same when you are trying to sell your house.

If you have a fireplace, turn it on.  Light some candles and turn on lights before you leave.  If you dab a small amount of imitation vanilla on the light bulbs that are turned on the room will smell like you just baked cookies. I love my dogs but nobody wants to smell them while viewing a house. Speaking of cookies, you may want to set out place of cookies for the buyers viewing your house. Placing fresh flowers in the bedrooms and baths is also a nice idea.   

De-clutter your counter tops, closets, cabinets, garage and basement.  No need to rent a storage unit, just purchase some large totes and neatly stack them in the corner of the basement.  If the carpet is visibly stained have a professional cleaner come in to spruce it up.  Clean windows will make your house look clean and sharp.  Spend some time washing the windows and the casing around them.  No buyer wants to see dead bugs and mold around windows. 

Grand Rapids winters can be cold, snowy and icy.  If you have your house listed during the winter months make sure the entrances are clear and safe.  During the summer, plant some flowers and replace old faded mulch. 

Your house doesn’t have to be new or perfect but cleanliness is an attribute every buyer looks for when they look at a house.  I hope tips help you with the sale of your house.   



By Wes Black,  Fri Feb 17 2012, 18:29
Thanks for the ideas. They should help in this tough market.

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