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What it takes to sell a house.

The first thing that I typically tell people about sell their house is that it is important to make a good first impression.  Does the house have good curb appeal? Does it wow the buyer? What have you done to make your home stand out from others that they may view?  Do you mow the lawn and trim the hedges on a regular basis? It doesn’t hurt to even plant a few flowers.  A couple of hours of time spent each week on the exterior of the home can make a huge impact on potential customers who may drive by to take a quick look while they are checking the schools and the available shopping in the area.  Now let’s talk about the interior of your house.

I advise sellers to take the time to apply a fresh coat of paint where it’s needed.  Faded paint and scuff marks on the walls can be a big turn off for buyers.  The small amount of time that it takes to feather in some fresh paint can pay huge dividends in the long run (trust me on this). Deep clean your carpets.  Hire a professional carpet cleaner to make carpets and rugs look new again.  The more stains in the carpet the less likelihood of a sale. Take the time to de-clutter the entire home and scrub every surface until it sparkles. I can’t emphasize this enough!

Once you have a clean home, you can begin to stage. Keep your décor colors neutral and try to depersonalize as much as possible. Take down most of your family photos so buyers can imagine their families enjoying your house. Closets are always important to home buyers, so create the impression of spaciousness by storing away out-of-season clothing and miscellaneous gear. Keep in mind, staging should bring out the positives of your house and it allows people to see what’s possible. Just remember, when in doubt, less is more.

Lastly, you may be surprised to find out that you don’t necessarily have to have a Real Estate agent to sell your home.  There are other options. If you are comfortable with doing your own research, you can sell your home yourself.  For those that want to save time or want to sell their house without any of the aforementioned steps like cleaning, staging and painting; a cash buyer may fit the bill.  Lots of seller just want the property “gone” and are turning to options like selling to investors.  Investors can often close on the house fairly quickly and the almost always pay cash.  They also tend to have a lot more “tools” in their tool belt. For example: a good investor can often help in the most stress times, things like an inherited property that still has a mortgage or even an ugly divorce. So, if you just want to get to the bottom line you may want to consider speaking with one at a place like sellhousegeorgia.com, aohomesolutions.com, or sellorbuyhouses.com (all reputable websites).

Good luck to you in your quest to sell your home and keep in mind that what’s been written in this blog is not all inclusive, it’s just my opinion.  And in my opinion, that’s a good place to start.

Happy House Hunting.


Carl Thompson