A little elbow grease goes a long way when selling real estate, especially if you are trying to cut back on expenses. Many people stage their homes to sell, a sometimes costly venture in a time when profits from home sales are at low levels. Though a very economical alternative for sellers is to consult with a professional home stager or designer and create a do-it-yourself action list from their suggestions. There are many things that a home owner can do himself to save money and reel in a buyer.
Research shows that today’s home buyer is more interested in buying a home that is in move-in condition, as opposed to a home that needs some major work and updating to be acceptable. Buyers are considering the time, money, and hassle factors when viewing homes needing renovations. This fact makes a home’s appearance a key factor in attracting buyers. Aside from the standard cleaning, organizing, and de-cluttering there are many steps that can be taken to improve a home’s appearance. From refinishing hardwood floors and adding a fresh coat of paint, to replacing carpet and light fixtures, small inexpensive changes can be completed to make your home stand apart from your neighbor’s home. Homeowners can become immune to small maintenace issues that eventually become larger issues. A buyer viewing the home and encountering these maintenance items may chalk it up to neglect and begin wondering what other repairs lurk.
The important thing to remember when selling your home is that you will never have a second chance to make a first impression. A good first impression is instrumental in grabbing a potential home buyer’s attention. A clean, well-presented home stands a much better chance of selling than a cluttered messy home.
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