Most American housing markets have obviously changed a great deal in recent years.  There’s a high inventory of homes, coupled with nervous buyers and lending institutions.  Here are the top five things you can do to your home, to help speed up its sell. 

1)  The home should have a tidy appearance from the moment the potential buyer pulls up to the property.  The lawn should be well manicured; mowed, weedeated, flower beds cleaned, and the hedges trimmed. 
Planting something yellow in the beds or a container by the front door looks cheery and inviting.


3)    General maintenance - recaulk tubs, showers and sinks. Patch holes in the walls, repair leaky faucets, replace burned out light bulbs, replace ripped screens and broken windows. 

Declutter and Depersonalize the home.  Too much furniture in the home will make the space look small and too many “collections” keeps the eye from having a place to rest.  Family pictures should be boxed and stored for future use.  Potential buyers want to picture their families in the home, not yours.

5)     Lastly, get help! In a market this difficult, it pays to enlist the services of a professional. As a realtor, I’m well familiar with both sides of the market and happy to lend my expertise.

2)   A neutral interi

paint color will help the home sell quicker.  Taupes and earth tones are recommended in either eggshell or satin finishes. Avoid white as it is not a “warm” color.  

    Wallpaper dates a home and usually reflects the style of the homeowner so it should be removed.  (The same can be said for “popcorn” ceilings in most cases.  They express a dated feel.) Your goal should be to make the home move in ready.


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