Getting Your House in Tip-Top Shape to Sell

With the summer selling season now here, what can sellers do to maximize the chances of selling their home in a challenging market?

Hiring a qualified real estate agent and setting the right listing price are the first steps to selling your home quickly. But there are other things you can do to help differentiate your home from the competition and attract potential buyers.

Curb appeal. You don't get a second chance to make a first impression, says the old saying. That's why it's essential to "wow" potential buyers from the moment they first lay eyes on your home. It doesn't take much to get curb appeal. Make sure the lawn is tidy and shrubs are trimmed, your front door and porch are clean, the beds are mulched, some flowers are planted for color and the house is freshly painted. According to a 2007 survey by the Virginia Cooperative Extension, good landscaping can increase a home's value by 10 to 12 percent.

Update, but within reason. Some buyers know that they are going to renovate when they purchase a home; others look for a "turnkey" property that is move-in ready. If your house needs updating, consider doing some improvements. Cosmetic improvements, such as paint and wallpaper, help a house show better and are often inexpensive. Repair all appliances to make sure they are in working order. And consider low-priced facelifts to kitchen and baths such as repainting cabinets and replacing lighting fixtures and faucets.

Staging. Staging can help a home sell faster. Move-or remove-furniture to make rooms look bigger. Eliminate clutter and knick-knacks. Warm up rooms by bringing in pillows and fabrics. And don't overlook outdoor living spaces when staging your home.

If you're considering selling your home, give our office a call, and a CENTURY 21 Sales Professional will help you get it in top-notch shape to attract buyers.

I hope you find this information useful.  Thanks for stopping by.

Constantine Isslamow

Broker/Manager

Constantine Isslamow

Constantine Isslamow

Broker of Record
CENTURY 21 United Realty Inc., Brokerage*
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