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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Norma Palazz…, Agent, Cincinnati, OH
Fri Mar 2, 2012
THE absolute most important thing to do is Clean, Clean, Clean and then come back and Clean Some More. Even the most outdated property will be sold quickly if priced well and sparkling clean. This includes the yard, porches and front door.
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Jim Basquette…, Agent, Cincinnati, OH
Fri Mar 2, 2012
Be sure the home is in good repair, clean and staged. I provide a professional stager for all my listings and it is a big help in getting them sold.

Without knowing specifics about your home, it is difficult to give additional advice.
Web Reference:  http://JimSellsHomes.com
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The Powell G…, Agent, Anderson, SC
Tue Apr 3, 2012
If your home is updated I would recommend proper staging and decluttering! Remove personal pictures of you and always remember Buyers need to see themselves in your home not you.
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Tammy Hayes, Agent, Port Charlotte, FL
Tue Apr 3, 2012
What can you do to make your home sell more quickly without a lot of expense? Curb appeal is a big deal. When someone drives by your home and it doesn't look appealing, they may just drive right by. In order to entice them to want to view your home, you must present a great exterior. This means a freshly mowed lawn, nice landscaping, flowers, painted or power washed siding, and repairing any damages to windows, doors, shutters, mailboxes, and screens.

After a buyer walks into your home they do not want to see a lot of clutter. Clutter distracts the buyer from seeing how they could use the same space. Box up items you don't need. Take away any furniture not being used or that is heavily damaged. Organize your drawers, cabinets and closets. Put away any personal photographs. And above all make sure your home is clean. It can't be stressed enough how important it is to have a clean home. This includes dusting, vacuuming, mopping, and cleaning carpets.

Another major tip in selling your home is to make sure that all items in the house are in working order such as door knobs, closet doors, cabinet doors, faucets, toilets, and appliances. If anything is not working properly, get it fixed.

Painting is an inexpensive way to spruce up your home. Paint doors, walls, ceilings, and trim in neutral or classic colors. Be sure to open any blinds, turn on lights and lamps. This creates a more open and bright feeling within the home.

Lastly, eliminate any odors in the home especially if you have pets. Set out a bowl of potpourri, burn candles, or bake cookies in the oven just before the home is being shown.
This is just a brief list of tips. Your Realtor can provide you with a comprehensive list of things to do to help sell your home.

Tammy Hayes, Realtor, Green Lion Realty, Port Charlotte, FL - tammyhayesre@gmail.com
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Chad Shircli…, Agent, Mason, OH
Tue Apr 3, 2012
Do the simple things that don't cost a lot of money. Such as Paint, Cleaning, Some yard work ( plant flowers, Weeding, trimming overgrown trees. ) Decluter, and work with your agent on staging the home properly. Just moving some furniture around can have a big effect on the sale of your home. You don't always have to spend a large amount of money to get dramatic results.
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