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Need to sell in order to buy?

Are you looking to upgrade to a nicer or larger property?  Relocate?  If you’re like many, you probably need to sell your current property first.   In today’s market, this can be a challenging task to say the least.

To start, make sure you find a good realtor.  Also, keep in mind that you cannot highball your price like pre-2008.  There are plenty of options out there for buyers, so you, with your realtor’s guidance, will need to find a price point that draws bites (and that, unfortunately, may be lower than you hope) and ultimately a sell.  Leave the hard stuff to your realtor, but here are some tips that you can do to maximize your property’s appeal and better your odds of finding a buyer:

Curb Appeal
Your exterior is a buyer’s first impression, and it is very important it be a good one.  At a minimum, clean up your yard, trim shrubs, and put everything unsightly away in storage or in your garage.  Better yet, make any repairs and improvements you can, such as new paint, fixing an old gate, etc.

Make Repairs
If there are little things broken all over your house – old screens, leaky faucets, chipped paint – they add up big in a buyer’s mind.  Take care of all these little fixes and the end result will be impressive.  As for bigger repairs, such as a leaky roof, you will need to weigh the cost-benefit of making the repair.

You might love your bright red dining room, but most buyers won’t.  It is important to make your house generic, especially in terms of getting rid of any crazy colors on the walls or floors.  Also, pack away any personal clutter – portraits, pictures, knickknacks – so that a buyer can envision a life in your home.

Clean & Organized
This one should be obvious, but it needs to be said.  Keep your home cleaned and organized.  Keep any children’s toys as packed away in cupboards as possible.  Dishes should be put away, laundry out of site.  You get the picture.

Keep your home’s climate amenable to showing – you don’t want to heat or freeze your potential buyers out the door!  Also, let in light – open curtains during the day, turn on all the lights if it’s night.

Keep the above in mind and have patience. The right buyer will come along!

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