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What are some effective ways to increase the value of your home before selling?

Asked by Trulia, San Francisco, CA Fri Mar 2, 2012

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For many, part of the buying process means selling a home as well, unless of course
you are a first time home buyer. 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

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

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.
Put fresh flowers in the entry: Flowers are cheerful and welcoming. This is how
you want your potential buyers to feel.

Don’t be around: Buyers will be criticizing every little thing they see in your
home. If you’re not around they will be able to stay and feel comfortable critiquing
everything and assessing whether or not your home is right for them.
Stay optimistic: Selling a home in a buyer’s market takes longer than it used to
a few years ago.

Selling your home is easiest when you have an experienced real estate advisor on your
side. Agents act as non-emotional mediators between sellers and buyers.

Contact us to help you sell your home in Southwest Florida specifically the Cape Coral,
Fort Myers and Bonita Springs area.

12 Tips to Buying Real Estate in Southwest Florida
Learn more by visiting http://www.AckermanSWFL.com or calling (239) 565-7867.
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 2, 2012

One effective way to increase the value of a home before selling is to eliminate home "scents". Whether the smells are from animals, food, or from furniture ~ it's the first thing people notice when they walk into a home and it can completely change the way a home is perceived.

Also, simple cosmetic changes can make a huge difference in the sales price. Washing the windows, a fresh coat of paint and/or new carpet will go a long way toward impressing buyers.

Finally, spruce up the yard (get rid of debris and yard waste). Keep your lawn looking good, mow it and mulch the beds. Plant some flowers or install some landscaping if needed.

Very little effort can go a long way!! For more interesting facts, please visit my website at: http://thereseclapp.com.

Have a great rest of your afternoon.


Therese A Clapp, Realtor®
Member of REBAC: Educated in Buyer Representation
Century 21 Sunbelt Realty, Inc.
725 Cape Coral Pkwy W
Cape Coral, FL 33914
Primary: 239-542-4777
E-mail: TClappCentury21@aol.com

2011 Platinum Five Star Education Award Recipient
Community of REALTOR® Excellence
REALTOR® Association of Greater Fort Myers and the Beach, Inc.
Web Reference: http://thereseclapp.com
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 2, 2012
I think one of the most important things to do (other than pricing your house correctly) is to stage your home.
All of the large builders have there models STAGED. When you walk into the models everything is perfect.
Colors, lighting, music, etc.
You do not have to go to that extent , but you can make sure that when someone enters you home it is ready for a buyer. Make sure its clean and neat with possibly some new paint , the window shades are up so that it is cheerful and bright. Make sure the beds are made the bathroom is neat Spruce up the front yard, it is the first thing a buyer will see. First impressions are important. Remember, you have one chance to capture a particular buyer- Make a good impression. A good REALTOR will help you with this and not give you something to read.
It is similar to shopping for a used car. If the car is in pristine condition, you will definitely pay top dollar.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 2, 2012
Just starting with basics like decluttering and keeping it CLEAN. Trim the yard to enhance curb appeal. A home does not have to be the most updated but if it is very clean and orderly that will appeal to a larger pool of buyers and give a competitive advantage. Amazing how many homes on the market look like a tornado went through them.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 2, 2012
Please go to my website. Its all there.http://www.lilorealtor.com/custompages_reports/attractivehome.htm
Good luck with your sale
Web Reference: http://www.LiloRealtor.com
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 2, 2012
Here is an article detailing some effective ways to increase the value of your house before selling it: http://freshome.com/2010/06/22/10-cheap-ways-to-improve-the-…
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 2, 2012
The best way to effectively improve your home's ability to be sold is by simply subscribing to the pilosophy of making it "sparkle." Too many sellers overlook the basic needs of a home, allowing it to fall short on desirablity. Consider the following.

1. Know the market and price it right

2. Deep clean-if you can't do it, hire it done

3. Repair what you've been putting off

4. De-clutter-you may need to rent a storage area to accomplish this

5. Paint, paint, paint-one of the most cost effective ways to improve your home's appearance

6. "Curb appeal" after price, it's #1! Plant, trim, mow....what ever is necessary to turn heads

7. Pets are great but buyers shouldn't be able to see a trace of them......

8. Make sure your home is "showing ready" every single day

9. Depersonalize the home-store family photos, plaques, momentos, etc.

10. minimize....too much stuff takes the buyer's attention away from viewing the property

Your goal should be to make every single person that see your home remember it for some reason.....

Good luck,

0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jun 2, 2013
My advice: Create a neutral decoration and color scheme. Also remove family pictures, most people don't want to see who lived in this home, but rather imagine themselves living in this home. It is part of the way people think.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jun 1, 2013
Hire a Professional Home Stager. Most homebuyers make their decision in 8 seconds, so it’s important to make sure you’re making the best possible first impression. Moving is stressful! It is important that you focus on the home you are moving into and let us handle the rest. The cost of staging is a fraction of your first price reduction! A home stager can also be the "buffer" between a realtor and their client.

Here are 10 common mistakes sellers make when preparing their house for sale.

1: Just because you love it does not mean everyone else will. Ensure your property appeals to the broadest buying public, which means neutralize. If the color palette or decorating style is too far out, people will be put off by the "personality" of the home, and it will be difficult for them to visualize themselves and their own belongings in the house.

2: Closets and pantries are crowded and cluttered. Edit each storage space of excess or seasonal items to make sure the viewers can see the space. Crammed spaces give viewers the perception that there is not enough storage space and that the house is bursting at the seams.

3: The furnishings are too big or there are too many for the space. Edit, edit, edit. The corners of the room need to be seen, so remove extra or oversized plants, fans, gym equipment, chairs and tables. During one staging job, the homeowner wanted to leave an excessively large coffee table in a living room, and demonstrated how cool this table was by folding it out into a dining table. So we asked him, "What's for sale? The house or the table?" He substituted the table for a smaller one.

4: "Clean" means different things to different people. It may be common sense to some, but the best way to maintain the value of your single largest investment is to follow a regular cleaning schedule. When your house is on the market, it has to be clean and ready for showing every minute of the day.

5: You love your pet so everyone else will, right? Wrong. Some potential buyers are really averse to animals of any kind, and that means that any evidence of pets will deter them from the property. If you have pets, vacuum daily to keep the hair under control and crate them or remove them from the property while it is being shown.

6: Don't hide damage to flooring, countertops, walls or other permanent fixtures. Reveal, never conceal, problem areas, and be sure to reflect any deficiencies and necessary repairs in the list price.

7: Don't forget about safety and security. Strangers are coming into your house. Gun collections and the kitchen knife block present a major safety hazard. Pack away these and precious items like jewelry while the house is on the market.

8: Don't designate a usable space as a storage room. Potential buyers want to know exactly how many bedrooms are available, and using a bedroom for storage will affect their perception of
the house. Use the basement, garage or a storage unit for storage.

9: Don't leave dated or worn fixtures for the next owner to replace. The best way to increase equity in your house is to implement periodic upgrades. The simplest and least costly upgrades include light fixtures, taps and faucets, door and cabinet hardware, and drapery and window treatments.

10: Don't rush to put the house on the market before it's presentable. Selling a property requires strategic thinking. First, identify the competition, then make your house look better than others on the market. Care and attention to the details will impress potential buyers and, if the house is "move-in ready," that means less work for them and possibly a better offer for you.

Best wishes,

Carol Wonderly
Wonderly Home Staging
Cape Coral, Ft Myers and surrounding SW Florida areas
work 239-471-0560
cell 303-999-5602
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue May 28, 2013
The best way is pretend you are a buyer and make a check list for what you want in buying a home and you will see:
Touch-up painting will be an item
Declutter all rooms for easy access.
Take down personel items,pictures etc.(so buyer can invision living there not -you)
Then if you want a higher price call a realtor to have them get an inspector - to inspect the home so you can STATE; Already inspected with right to see inspection- realize if there are problems- you should correct them before marketing home/or the price will start to go south.

For more idea's go to my web-site: http://www.dougsellsfl.com and look on the left hand side of my home page and click the info you are looking for.

Thanks for the question and have fun searching the info- Douglas C. Pelton of Blackburn Realty, Inc.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 20, 2012
Pick a good listing agent, someone like myself, and go over their plan with them personally.

Kevin Cloutier
Southern Premier Realty
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 2, 2012
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