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Real Estate Property Promotion Rules - Landscaping, Decluttering and Staging

By Chauncey Travis


When your property is inspected, you should be present. If you have an inspector that tells you that you need not be present, a red flag should go up. The advantages to being present are that you know the inspection is thorough and it is a good time to learn about your investment.

Knowing a bit about the features of a property can help know how much to sell or offer for a home for. Things like swimming pools, two-car garages, single car detached garages or attached garages can make a difference in the value of the home. They can either increase or decrease the value of the property depending on where the home is.

If you're trying to sell your house, keep your pets away. Before showings, take the dog or cat to a friend's house, put away pet toys and bowls, and remove any appearance of a litter box. Many a potential buyer has been turned off by the smell/sight of a homeowners furry best friend.

When preparing a home to sell, consider some basic landscaping. Lush green grass and flowering plants can be put in at low cost and will greatly add to the curb appeal of the home. The increased curb appeal of your property will translate into more interest and even a higher selling price.

Something that most sellers overlook are the light switches. It may not seem important, but old or dirty light switches can send a negative vibe. People naturally look at light switches, and most likely you'll use them while showing the home. So put out a little extra money and replace all the old light switches in the home and make them look nice.

Trying to sell real estate? Staging is an important tool that can help you sell your property quickly. Buyers are more likely to be impressed by a home that they can see themselves living in. Try to make things look as simple as possible by removing unnecessary items and taking down personal collections or pictures.

Selling a home in today's market is going to be far more difficult than it has been in past years. The home values are not as they used to be so if you are trying to sell your home at the prices that the assessor tells you it is worth, there is a good chance that you will be stuck with it for a while. Reduce the price a bit and you should be able to move on.

Hiring a Realtor is worth considering when selling your home. Using a Realtor, versus selling on your own, gives you professional advice and opinions, and accurate information for pricing your home. In addition, you'll receive maximum exposure through MLS listings and advertising. This can help you achieve a faster sale and higher selling price.

Prepare your home before you put it on the market. Cleaning, organizing, and neutralizing the property can make it much easier to find a buyer quickly. By decluttering the home, the potential buyer will be able to more easily picture their belongings in it. Avoid bright colors and give the walls a fresh coat of neutral paint if necessary.

When you're ready to sell your house, pick an agent who gives you a lower estimate. It may feel like a blow to the gut, but that's probably closer to a realistic sale price. Of course, you can still start high, but this way you'll at least know what to expect!




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