How to Get Top Dollar from
Your Home or Condo
February 14th 2006
Get Top Dollar
for Your Home
owner wants to receive the maximum profit from a home or condo sale.
Although your property may already look great and represent a super
offer to potential buyers, here are a few tips that can help to
bring out its best features.
1. Emphasize curb
appeal as you work on your homeís external appearance. Trim the lawn
and eliminate weeds. Dress up the porch or front door with a fresh
coat of paint and hanging plants or a wreath. Set out a couple of
cozy chairs, and pick up all the kidsí toys around the yard. Your
front entrance will welcome or repel guests, setting the tone for
their overall basic impression.
2. De-clutter the
interior. Remove junk like stacks of newspapers or magazines, pet
toys, and stray blankets or mail. Store unused furniture in the
attic or basement. Your rooms should look comfortable and lived in
without feeling crowded. Cover worn spots in furniture with doilies
for a fresh feel. Have the beds made, and all clothes put away or
out of view. Leave plenty of walking space within each room, and
when possible, open drapes and blinds to let in sunshine and provide
an overall open feeling.
3. Clean your
property thoroughly before an open house. Dust furniture, scrub
floors, polish wood, sweep steps, and do whatever else it takes to
show your house at its best. Trim dead leaves from plants, replace
burned-out light bulbs, and keep counters clear of dishes or debris.
Try to remove spots on the carpet.
4. Make it smell
nice. Open the windows and air out your home. Burn potpourri or
candles before potential buyers come to see your house, which will
help to reduce unpleasant cooking or pet odors. Clean the bathrooms,
and run the whole-house fan or air conditioner to circulate air and
enhance ventilation. Put ferns in some rooms, as they help to absorb
odors and add a natural green touch.
5. Keep animals
out of the way. Some homebuyers donít like the idea of purchasing
property from pet owners. They worry about fleas, stains, shedding,
and odors. Make sure none of this is evident, if you have pets. In
fact, keep your pet locked up, crated, or out of view during an open
house or when potential buyers come through.
Many of us take our property for granted. But like anything else,
when it goes on the market, a house or condo needs to look its best.
Take a couple of hours to put your property in its best light before
buyers come calling.
This article was written by Dion Smith of The Westside Group, offering
Brentwood California real estate and more. The Westside Group also
provides a wealth of free resources for any home buyer or seller.
Contact us today to receive your FREE HomeBuyer or HomeSeller Handbooks.
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