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How To Prepare Your Home For Sale

If you have plans to sell your home and move somewhere else, you may have little concern for how your current house looks or whether it suits your needs. However, if you want to attract buyers and get the best sale price for your house, you may need to make a few changes. There are simple ways to make your home more appealing to sellers without investing a lot of time or money. First, determine if you need to make any structural changes to your home. Anything that needs fixing should be taken care of before sellers see your home. Speak to professionals who can help you make the improvements in a timely manner and be sure they are protected with contractors insurance. Contractor insurance ensures that if something were to go wrong during the repairs, you would not be responsible for any costs associated with the problem. Once, the serious structural problems with your home have been fixed, move on to cosmetic improvements.

The easiest and most affordable cosmetic improvement most homeowners make is to paint. Since the new owners may paint over every wall, you do not want to spend a great deal of money painting. However, a fresh coat of paint in each room brightens the space and makes it feel cleaner. Use low VOC paints so the chemical smell is reduced. This also allows you to market your home as having had "green" improvements. Finally, us lighter, neutral colors so the rooms appeal to as many people as possible.

If you want to invest a little more money than just paint, consider making some flooring changes. Most homebuyers today are looking for hardwood floors. If your have wood beneath your carpet, consider refinishing it and exposing the look of the wood. Those without hard wood or wood that is severely damaged can consider installing other flooring options like bamboo or cork. These are both considered environmentally friendly and give the same clean look of hard wood.

One of the most important things you can do to make your home appealing to buyers is to clean it from top to bottom. You may be surprised to see how large, bright, and pleasant your home is once it has been thoroughly cleaned. Include in your cleaning the disposal of items that are no longer used. This will make it seem as if you have additional storage and living space. If there are items you want to keep but want out-of-the-way during the sale, consider renting a storage facility.

Finally, be sure each of the rooms has a defined purpose. You want to give homeowners an idea of what it is like to live in your home. You may use your spare room for one of your hobbies, but if your potential buyers do not share that hobby, they will feel lost in the space. Create spaces that appeal to everyone and help home shoppers picture a happy life in your home. If they are able to imagine their own family building a life in the space, they are more likely to consider buying.

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