Here are some low-cost, high-return tips to help you sell your home or condominium:
Visually expand the rooms. Storing half your clothes will make closets look twice as big. Get rid of excess or worn-out furniture to increase the buyer's comfort.
ELIMINATE STRONG PERSONAL STATEMENTS
If the buyer senses this property still belongs to you, it can give them "territorial anxiety," and they'll feel it will never belong to them. Put away your toy soldier collection. Reduce family photos to a treasured few. Your master suite and kitchen should look like a model home.
Of this we're certain: a clean house sells more quickly and for more money than a dirty one. Get your house squeaky clean. If you do nothing else, do this!
The house should appear to be in excellent condition and in perfect working order. Even your house number should be new and bright. Pay special attention to the kitchen and master bath. These rooms are always at the top of a buyer's list.
A motivated buyer will probably bring in a professional house inspector. Make sure nothing is there to be found. Deferred maintenance makes buyers crazy.
ESTABLISH A FOCAL POINT
In each room, give the buyer something to remember: shiny brass andirons by the fireplace, a charming area rug, red geraniums in the kitchen window sill.
USE LIGHT TO YOUR ADVANTAGE
Wash all the windows, and let in as much natural light as possible. Flick on all the lights. This is no time to conserve energy or to be worrying about the sun fading your furniture.
Quiet is the best policy. It suggests privacy and serenity.
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Eliminate offensive odors from pets, smoke, or cooking. We can help you create that "new house smell" with common materials and products. And don't forget fresh air and sunlight.