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How to Get Every Dollar You Deserve
When Selling Your Home

By Noel Peebles
Co-Author For Sale By Owner Home Selling Secrets ebook.

 

The easy answer to maximizing your return from your
home sale is to sell your own home. Cutting the
agent out of the equation can save you thousands of
dollars in real estate commission. This is particularly
true when you are able to sell your home for a good price.

The ability to reap additional profits on the sale of
your home can be accomplished easily enough if you
make the right improvements. The following are a few
tips from my real estate book "Home Selling Secrets".

Tip 1.

To get the best price; start by giving your
prospective buyer an enhanced feelings about
your home. Feelings of more open space, more light,
more rooms, more closet space, greater privacy,
warmth and security. These are all things that can
trigger an better emotional response in a
potential buyer. Best of all, these improvements
won't necessarily cost you a fortune.

An example could be something as small as removing some
mould on a shower curtain. Cleaning or replacing the
offending curtain could remove any doubts about
dampness in the home. A crack in a wall can be easily
be repaired with a little plaster and touch up paint.
This type of low cost repair can immediately eliminate,
what could become an unstated concern that your home is
poorly maintained.

It is important to remove any potential anxiety if the
potential buyer is to feel an overall desire for your home.

Tip 2.

Mirrors Give The Feeling Of More Space

Mirrors can provide a greater sense of space and
elegance when properly positioned. Be careful not to
overdo it, but when placed properly throughout
your home, each area will seem larger to the
potential home buyer. Either hang mirrors on picture
hooks or buy some of those self adhesive mirror squares.
Putting mirrors on a closet door in the master bedroom
can be an attractive touch.

Tip 3.

Adding More Closet Space

Everyone seems to have too many clothes! So, for
potential buyers there never seems to be enough
closet space. One solution is to buy some of those
low cost closet organizers. They can make all the
difference and give the impression of extra space.

Another idea is to make a "fake closet" that looks
as though it is a part of the room. Simply hang a
rod for the clothes across one corner of a bedroom.
Then make a simple screen to cover the corner. The
screen needn't be expensive to make and could match
the material of the bedspread or drapes.

Tip 4.

Rejuvinate Those Tired Old Floors

Unsightly floors can be another buyer turnoff. Regardless
of whether you have wooden or tiled floors, do whatever
you can to make them shine again. Rent a floor sander
or waxing machine and rejuvenate those tired old floors.

If you have carpeted floors you should have them cleaned.
Either hire a professional carpet cleaning company or a
carpet cleaning machine and do it yourself. You'll be
surprised at how much dirt comes out of the average carpet.

The other option is to purchase new tiles, carpets or floor
coverings. This might sound expensive, but new flooring
can add thousands of dollars to the value of a home. A
cheaper option is to buy some scatter rugs and place them
strategically around the house.

Tip 5.

Make a Bare Wall Beautiful Again

Nothing turns off a potential buyer quicker than dull,
dingy, disgusting looking walls. Yet, surprisingly, walls
are sometimes the easiest part of a room to improve.

One idea is to cover large wooden frames with designer
fabric and hang them like photos or pictures.

Wallpapering can also be an inexpensive, quick and easy
improvement to a wall. A fresh coat of paint, or the right
wallpaper, can bring any room back to life. The main thing
is to be careful with your color schemes. Remember, you’re
trying to make the house more appealing to potential buyers.

Tip 6.

Plants And Flowers Add Life

Adding indoor plants and flowers to the house is easy,
relatively inexpensive and can add atmosphere and
feeling to a home. Best of all you can take them with
you when you move. Attractive ceramic pots can also
add a designer flair.

Tip 7.

Store and Hire

Most of us accumulate clutter over the years. Sometimes, when
selling a house, it pays to have a good cleanout before showing
potential buyers through. Also, some furniture may be dated or
worn. Placing furniture and "clutter" in storage is an option
worth considering. The decor can then be spruced up by hiring
suitable, well presented, furniture for the open house days.

Tip 8.

Sparkling, Clean Bathrooms A Must

First impressions do count!
Bathrooms need to be cleaned as if you could eat off any
surface. They must be spotless! Clean baths, showers,
toilets and sinks. Replace the shower curtain if it has
mould on it. Look for water stains or rust in basins or
around the fixtures. Check that the chalking around the
shower, tub and sink is in immaculate condition.
If not – replace it!

Tip 9.

Adding a Room Without Calling in the Contractor

Depending on the layout and style of your house, you could
consider installing simple room dividers. Some homes suit
an open plan look whilst other benefit from a
"separate room" feel. Dividers can give a buyer
the feeling there are more actual rooms in your house.
A buyer walking through your home, will often
subconsciously count the rooms and get a "feel"
for the house.

Tip 10.

The Smells You Don't Smell

Every home has a certain smell to it... it is just that we
get used to the smells and don't notice them. But, visitors
will notice! Some realtor tricks for open houses include:
baking some bread or cinnamon rolls, brewing some coffee,
cleaning the microwave and refrigerator with vanilla essence,
placing fresh flowers or perfume devices throughout the home
...the list goes on.

© Noel Peebles, Market Leaders ebook

 

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Noel Peebles is author of the best selling ebook
"173 Powerful Ideas, Tips, Tactics And Proven-To-Work
Strategies To Sell Your Own Home."
For details http://www.forsalebyownerguide.com
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