Friday, April 23, 2010

Some of these tips might help you in the process of the Sale of your Home

You have probably heard how important first impressions can be. Did you know that within 15 seconds a buyer has developed an opinion of your property? This is why extablishing the right first impression is critical to achieving a successful sale.
Landscaping: Your property's landscape is not limited to the lawn and shrubs, but encompases everything from the street to your doorstep.
Home Front: Make sure that the street, sidewalk, fence, mailbox and light fixtures are clean, free of any litter, debris, and rust. The front walkway and driveway should be clean, free of weeds and if sections are badly cracked, consider having them repaired.
Paint: A fresh coat of paint can be one of the best investments you can make to increase the value and curb appeal of your property. If you don't want to spend the money to paint the entire house, consider just the shutters or the fron of the house.
Other: Siding, windows, roof, gutters and dowspouts should be cleaned and any repairs made, if needed.

There are many ways to create a more excitig and seleable interior, at surprisingly little cost.
Light: People react more favorably to bright light than darkeness. Make sure windows are clean, consider higher wattage light bulbs and replaing old fluorescent lamps, use mirrors to magnify the feeling of light and space, use light wall colors, open drapes and blinds and turn on lights prior to showings.
Color: A fundamental rule when selling your house is to keep colors neutral and light. White, beige and gray are the most popular exterior colors. Avoid highly-patterned wallpaper whenever possible. Limit bright colors to accents like fresh flowers, towels, area rugs, adn shower curtains.
Sound: Peace and quiet are the best sounds when showing the property to a prospective buyer. Avoid barking dogs and loud noises if possible. Avoid sounds from vaccum cleaners, dishwashers and lawn mowers. Make sure there are no sounds of mechanical problems like banging pipes or faulty appliances. Light classical or instrumental music can be effective in creating a pleasing atmosphere.
Smell: Smell has more impact than people expect. The smell of cleanliness is important to the selling environment of your house. Beyond actually cleaning, lemon oil or lemo wax can create a lasting scent of freshness. Fresh flowers can be affective too. Sweeten the refrigerator with a box of baking soda. Smells to avoid include strong pet odors, tobacco, cooking and oil or gas.

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