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  • Present your Home for Maximum Value

    Posted Under: Home Selling in New York, Curb Appeal in New York, How To... in New York  |  May 2, 2012 7:07 PM  |  287 views  |  No comments

    Present your Home for Maximum Value



    By Fred Golden

    Prudential Douglas Elliman


    This is the beginning of the Spring selling season.  This time of year, inventory expands rapidly as growing families make the decision to move before the start of the next school year and put their homes up for sale. If you really want to sell quickly and get the best price, you need to prepare your home for sale.  It is usually not necessary to spend a fortune to get your home ready for the market


    CLEAN: Get rid of the stains, the dust, the mold, the mildew. Clean those carpets. Wipe down the walls. If necessary, wash the windows and get the upholstery cleaned too. Much of what determines if a home will sell and how fast is the first impression it creates in a potential buyer’s mind.


    PAINT: A new coat of paint can work wonders. And, if you are painting, lighten up the colors and the atmosphere at the same time.  Dark and depressing are not sales tools. If you have outside doors and trim, paint them as well. A home that sparkles on the outside can help draw buyers.


    LIGHT: Again, dark and depressing are not sales tools.  Replace blowout bulbs, think about replacing 60 watt bulbs with 75s, 75s with 100 watt bulbs.  If necessary, replace fixtures that provide insufficient lighting.  It is no necessary that they be new, just tasteful and bright.


    OUTDOORS:  If you have a yard, give it a little attention.  Spruce it up, trim the plants, remove the weeds.  Make certain that the lawn and hedges are trimmed.  These are the 1st thing potential buyers see.  If the outside is unkempt, they are entering the home with a negative already on their mind. They are likely to feel that if the outside has not been cared for, the inside has not either.


    WORKING APPLIANCES: Again, as soon as a potential buyer sees something that does not work, they will mentally start to question the upkeep of the entire house!  We all know how hard it can be to regain credibility once you lose it.  Be sure you do not lose yours.


    REPAIR: Leaks, blown fuses, tripped breakers, slow flushing toilets… Make these problems go away before you start showing your home.





         Fred Golden is part of the Field-Golden team at Prudential Douglas Elliman and can be reached at 917.620.4907.  The team may also be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Field.Golden. Prudential Douglas Elliman is an independently owned and operated member of The Prudential Real Estate Affiliates, Inc., a Prudential company. Equal Housing Opportunity. 

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