staging-a-house-to-sell-soldThinking about moving? There are so many things to get in order that it can seem daunting at first. You want to make your house as appealing as possible to potential buyers, so you can get the most money for your home. An experienced realtor can be a great resource of information you haven’t thought of, but most improvements can be done on your own. A little time and effort can go a long way in maintaining or even improving your home’s appearance and subsequent value.

Reduce clutter. Prospective buyers are going to be distracted by excessive clutter, taking away from the home’s natural appeal. Pack up big items and move them carefully to a temporary self storage. Also consider storing items you won’t need for a while. For example, if you live in Phoenix, AZ, then chances are you won’t need those sweaters and heavy jackets any time soon. Items you don’t use on a regular basis should be packed up and moved to storage for safe keeping. Consider donating to a charity. This will help you get rid of items and get a tax write-off.

Clean your home thoroughly. Dirt, dust and mold are other major detractors from your home’s appearance. Make sure to thoroughly clean—and keep clean—the entire house. Enlist family to help, if need be. If you are living in the house while it is on the market, make sure to routinely clean. You may get a last minute notification of potential buyers coming to look at your property.

Hire an inspector. Most people will utilize the expertise of an experienced inspector when they are seriously considering making an offer. An inspector will let you know if there are any major problem areas or any possible detractors from your home’s value. It may save to have something repaired than to lose value of your home, which will inevitable bring in lower offers. Even if you decide not to renovate or repair, you will know ahead of time of your home’s limitations.

Do regular maintenance on your property. Whether you are living at the house or not, make sure the outside and inside is properly maintained. Keep electricity on so potential buyers can see at night. Keep up with yard maintenance. Make sure any gardens are not overgrown or any weeds are thriving. If you own a pool, make sure it is properly maintained, or at least covered. Keep an eye out for any small repairs that may need done.

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