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How to stage your home for sale

December 29, 2011


With a substantial amount of homes for sale on the market, homeowners looking to put their home up for sale have a number of other home sellers to compete with.
However, homeowners can gain a leg up on their competition with some low-cost home repair and redecorating projects that can significantly improve the aesthetic and value of their homes.

Look around the home

According to Inman News, some home sellers often find that by looking around their residence, they can discover areas they can easily make more appealing to prospective home buyers.

For instance, the real estate source reports one pair of home sellers in California stripped the carpet from areas of their home, which revealed nice hardwood floors underneath. These floors may be more attractive to home buyers, which can improve the home sellers' chances to sell their residence.

Additionally, Inman News reports dated or harsh paint colors on the walls can be unappealing to some home buyers. Applying muted color paint, such as off-white, to replace these old coats could lead to more offers on one's home for sale.

Declutter the residence

Another way in which home sellers can improve their odds of selling their property is to declutter their home. By doing so, Inman News reports they can make the home neater and cleaner, which is something many home buyers prefer to see when checking out the residence. Even personal possessions should be removed while the home is up for sale, according to the source.

Should home sellers find that they have numerous belongings they want to take out of sight during the period in which their home is on the market, Inman News reports they may want to donate or recycle items they don't use anymore. Real estate agents could be able to suggest places to donate unused clutter, which could yield home sellers a tax deduction, according to Inman News.

MSN Real Estate reports homeowners can also keep their possessions in their basement or attic - somewhere they can easily access them but where they aren't as visible to potential home buyers.
 

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