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7 Tips to Prepare Your Home for Sale

Author: Dave Goodboy

Placing your home on the market is a very hectic time for most homeowners. It can be an emotional and financial roller coaster, but knowing that your home is looking its best prior to placing it on the market is a solid first step to getting top dollar. It will also help put your mind at ease that you have done everything possible to present your home in the best light. The following seven tips will help you prepare your home for sale.

Tip 1: Disconnect From Your Home

This is critical to make sure you don't take buyers' rejections personally. Many people are deeply emotionally connected to their home. Try to break this connection and view your home simply as an asset for sale. This will enable you to negotiate from a rational, rather than emotional, place when selling a home.

Tip 2: Clean

An obvious suggestion for many, but you would be surprised by the number of homeowners who bypass this step when preparing a home for sale. It may be a smart move to hire an outside cleaning service to come in for a day or two to complete a deep cleaning of your home. A professional service will make your home sparkle and catch the places that you habitually miss in your routine cleaning. It's a small price to pay to know that your home is at its cleanest prior to placing it on the market.

Tip 3: Furnish Rooms

If you live in a large home, it's likely that several rooms are not furnished. Furnish these rooms in an inexpensive, yet tasteful manner. A simple twin bed and a dresser in an unused bedroom will enable a potential buyer to visualize the room being used. Even things as simple as a game table, couch and television can add that needed appeal to an empty room.

Tip 4: Get Rid of the Clutter

Most of us have accumulated lots of stuff in our homes. Selling a home is the perfect time to dump the clutter. Get rid of piles of magazines, books scattered about and various knickknacks. Remember, what you think looks great, may look like junk to a potential buyer. The less cluttered your home looks, the better.

Tip 5: Put Your Pet in the Kennel

Although most people like dogs and cats, some do not. It is very wise to place your pet in the kennel on those days that you are scheduled to show your home to prospective buyers. The person may not like or understand pets so the less interaction, the better.

Tip 6: Take a Close Look at Your Kitchen

Kitchens are often what sell a house. Make sure your kitchen sparkles with cleanliness. No one wants to buy a house with a dirty kitchen. If items are stained beyond cleaning, consider replacing them. Make sure your oven is clean inside and out. This goes for the refrigerator as well. Throw out all the excess food that has accumulated and scrub the inside and outside of your refrigerator.

Tip 7: Clean Your Closets

Closets are a huge, but often overlooked aspect to selling a home. Make sure that you highlight and organize the closet space when preparing your home for sale by removing all the junk and extra clothing. Overstuffed closets are huge turnoffs for potential homebuyers.