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New Year, New Home: 5 Resolutions Sellers Can't Afford to Overlook

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By Keith Loria

Now that we’ve ushered in a new year, sellers are taking advantage of the promise of new beginnings and ramping up their efforts in order to get their homes sold. Whether your home has been languishing on the market—or you’re in the early stages of preparing for its market debut—the following resolutions should be on your list in order to ensure the process goes off without a hitch.

1. Declutter. This is one of the biggest pieces of advice real estate agents give to clients who are in the process of preparing their home for sale. While getting rid of old clothes or photos is a good start, it’s not enough. If you really want to declutter your space, take the time to go room by room and dispose of anything that isn’t essential for you to live in the house. If you’re not ready to get rid of things for good, think about storing them elsewhere. When going through the decluttering process, minimize the amount of clothing in your closet, throw out any food that’s been sitting in your cabinets for months and store away any exercise equipment that may be sitting in your basement. In the end, the emptier the house appears, the closer you will get to a sale.

2. Stay Positive. Selling a home can be one of the most stressful experiences of your life, and for every house hunter that comes through the door without an offer, your hope diminishes a little more. But don’t give up. Remember, all it takes is one person to like your home for there to be a sale. Keep a brave face and before you know it, you’ll be getting that important call from your agent that your house has been sold.

3. Be Reasonable. If your agent is telling you that your house is priced too high or you don’t want to make the repairs necessary to appease a possible buyer, think again. Not only do sellers often assume that their house is perfect, they also think buyers will ignore its flaws because of its perfection. When going through the process, be sure to keep a cool head and consider what people around you are saying. And try to keep an objective mind at all times.

4. Paint. Spruce up the rooms in your home with some fresh paint. Make sure to use neutral colors and don’t forget about the bathrooms or hallways. This is a relatively cheap way to get your house looking great and can help make a positive impression when someone comes to view the home.

5. Stage Your Home. Whether you hire a professional stager or take the advice of some fashionable friends, make sure each room in the home gives off a look that will make potential buyers want to see more. By adding some eye-catching furniture and decorative accents, each room within your home will look like it belongs in a magazine.

For more tips on preparing your home for sale, contact our office today.

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