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Ready to sell your home?  It’s a bit like working out. Just thinking about it does not make it happen. You have to do the work to sell the house. Sound overwhelming?  It should not be, but it is like everything else in life.  Selling your house to realize the greatest profit takes a little bit of elbow grease.  

Here is a seven-tip checklist for prepping your house for sale:

  1. Declutter and depersonalize: There’s a reason that the prefix “de” means to remove or to separate.  Your job is to remove personal items like family photos, trophies, and memorabilia. It’s also important to remove clutter to make your home feel more spacious.
  2. Deep clean: Remember what you felt when you first walked into your home? You were filled with a sense of hope. A clean home does just that–it strengthens the connection to hope.  And that is what appeals to buyers. Go room by room–even that used storeroom in the basement–and make sure to clean everything from top to bottom, including carpets, walls, and windows.
  3. Make necessary repairs: The other lens new buyers like to use is the possibility lens.  When you fix anything that’s broken, including leaky faucets, squeaky doors, or damaged tiles, buyers will notice any repairs that need to be made, and it may affect their decision to purchase your home. It let’s them concentrate on what they would like to do as opposed to what the house needs to have done to it.
  4. Enhance curb appeal: First impressions are crucial. It’s an essential human condition. By making sure your yard is well-maintained and the exterior is clean and in good condition, you are welcoming the buyer.  While you see fresh flowers as sprucing up the exterior, buyers see it as a welcome sign.
  5. Neutralize decor: Everyone has their own personal taste.  Now, though, is not the time to woo strangers with your antique teapot collection that rims the kitchen wall. Remove any bold colors or unique decor that may turn off potential buyers. Neutral and simple and simple will always win.
  6. Stage your home: If you are in doubt about your furnishings or have rooms that are not being used to their potential, consider helping it look its best by staging it with furniture and accessories that complement the space.Your REALTOR® will be a great resource who can look at your home with an objective eye and, if needed, suggest bringing in a professional stager for the best results.
  7. Price it right: Your home’s price should reflect its value and the current real estate market. This is where hiring the right REALTOR® makes all of the difference. Consult with a real estate agent to determine the right price for your home.

This list addresses many of the steps involved in getting your house ready to list.  The last one, the one which addresses the REALTOR®, is the most important.  The Yosha Snyder Group is the best in central Indiana, and they are the experts at addressing every stage of prepping your house for sale.

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