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Category:  Homes:  Buying and Selling 

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Top 5 Things You Can Do to Sell Your House

By Bob Johnston

In the past couple years, the real estate market has been flagging and the economy overall has been floundering. With the economy where it is, it is becoming more and more difficult to sell your home at this time. If you want to sell your home for a great price, you are going to have to work hard to sell your home and to make it look desirable in today's market. While it may seem difficult to sell these days, there are things you can do to make your home an attractive buy for buyers today. Here are the top five things you need to do if you want to sell your home as soon as possible, even on a market that is on the downswing today.

Add Curb Appeal

First of all, if you want to make sure that your home is an attractive buy to buyers searching for the right home in a time when the economy is less than wonderful, the first thing you need to do is add curb appeal. It's important to remember that first impressions are very important and when people drive up and see your home for the first time, you want them to like what they see. There are many things that can be done to enhance the curb appeal of your home. A coat of paint on the front of the home can help, as can some nice landscaping. A new front door or a nicely paved driveway can help to enhance the curb appeal as well.

Get Rid of Clutter

Getting rid of clutter within your home is also very important if you want to be able to sell your home quickly on this market. The more clutter you have, the more equity you can expect to lose in your home. When you have too many things in one room, the room does not look as big, which means that people don't concentrate on the home. If people are not able to see the space in the home, then they'll be less likely to imagine what it would be like for them to live there. So, put the clutter away. After all, you were going to pack it all up anyway.

Take Down Personal Items in Your Home

When you are taking down things in your home, you'll want to take down personal items first. You'll want to get rid of items that are personal to you, such as family pictures, special collections, or even bold colors with decorating. You want the buyer to be able to visualize how their things are going to look in the home, which is hard to do when your things are in the way. If you pack up your personal items and stick with a neutral décor, they'll be able to imagine how their things would look in the home.

Clean Everything

Cleaning is so important if you want to be able to sell your home on a buyers market. It is so important that you make sure that your entire home is spotless. The last thing people want to see is anything in the home that is dirty. It is an instant turnoff to see a dirty tub, a stove that has caked on food, or floors that look horrible. Scrub everything, vacuum the floors, and make sure that the windows are sparkling as well. People love walking into a clean home.

Make Sure it Smells Great

While you may not think about it, the smell of your home is so important. No one is going to want to purchase a home that smells bad. If you have a home that smells like a pet, you may need new carpet. If you smoke in the home, you may need to paint the walls and add some new carpet as well. Cleaning will also help to make your home smell better. Also, on the days that people are visiting your home, make sure you either spray some wonderful smelling air freshener, or better yet, consider doing some baking. There is nothing as wonderful as walking into a home that smells like fresh baked goods. It makes people think of home and people are more likely to purchase homes that smell great.

These are just a few important things that you can do to help sell your home faster. Sure, the real estate market is in a bit of a slump right now, but by using these tips, you can make sure that your home sells for top dollar, even in a market that is down.

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Bob Johnston writes for HomeGuide411 a nationwide directory of home-related businesses such as plumbers, contractors, electricians, realtors, landscapers and much more: http://www.homeguide411.com

 

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