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Cost-Free Tips When Preparing Your Home for Sale

Today I wanted to tell you about some no-cost things you can do to get your home sold. In fact, some of the easiest things you can do to help sell your home won’t cost you a penny; they will just take a little time and elbow grease.

First, start by thinking about the first thing a buyer will see when they pull up to your house. Edge the sidewalks and the curb, mow the yard, and get all the weeds out of the flowerbeds. Make it all neat and clean.

Next, make sure you don’t have any mold growing on the outside of your house. Here in the south, mold on the exterior is pretty common, so get some bleach water and make sure it’s all cleaned up.

No one wants to see a mess when they walk into a home, so make sure you get rid of all clutter. Remove all your personal photos and pack them up, since you’ll have to pack them up anyway. If you have sports memorabilia or an avid hunter in the family, pack up the deer head, stuffed turkey, and mounted fish from the wall. You want your home to look like a model home – neat, clean, and neutral.

You also want to remove everything from your countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms so buyers can see that there’s a lot of space to work with. Make sure your floors are neat and clean, and remove rugs from the kitchen and bathrooms to show off any upgraded flooring that you have. You want to clear off all surfaces in your home to make things nice and neat, including your dressers. You want buyers to focus on the home, not the stuff in the home.

Finally, clean up your garage and clear it out. Normally I would say it’s okay to store a bunch of stuff in there, but lately I’ve heard buyers say, “If the garage is a mess, what does that mean about the condition of the home?” Go ahead and take care of it.

If I can help you out in any other way, give me a call or send me an email. I’d love to speak with you about any questions or concerns you have when it comes to preparing your home to sell, or about real estate in general.

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