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Tips To Sell Your Home Quicker

Prepping and staging a house. All home sellers want their home to sell quick and bring in top dollar. Do you think that sounds too good to be true? Well, it's not luck that makes that happen. It's careful planning and knowing how to spruce up your house so that it will send home buyers scurrying to buy your home. The following information is all about how to prep a house and turn it into an charming and marketable home.

Disassociate Yourself With Your Home

Say to yourself, "This is just a home I am selling, not the home I live in", it is a house -- an item to be sold much like a box of food on the grocery store shelf. Make the decision to separate your emotions from your house and focus on the fact that soon this house will no longer be yours. Try to picture yourself handing over the keys and envelopes containing appliance warranties to the new owners! Say goodbye to every room in the house. Don't look backwards -- look toward the future.

De-Personalize

Pack up those personal pictures and family heirlooms. Potential buyers can't see past personal artifacts, and you don't want them to be distracted. You want buyers to be able to imagine their own family photos on the walls, and they cannot do that if yours family pictures are all over them! You don't want to make any buyer ask, "I wonder what kind of people live in this home?" You want buyers to say, "I can see myself living here."

De-Clutter!

Most Americans collect an astonishing amount of junk. Consider this: if you haven't used it in over 6 months, you probably can go without it. If you don't need it, why not donate it or give it to a family that will get some use from it? Remove all books from bookcases. Clean off everything on kitchen counters. Put essential items used daily in a small box that can be stored in a closet when not in use.

Rearrange Bedroom Closets and Kitchen Cabinets. Almost all house shoppers love to snoop and will open closet and cabinet doors. Think of the message it sends if items fall out! Now imagine what a buyer believes about you if she sees everything organized. It says you probably take good very good care of the rest of your home as well. Follow these steps to begin:

---- Neatly stack dishes.
---- Turn cans and jars facing the same way in the pantry.
---- Hang your shirts together, facing the same direction.
---- Line up random shoes.

Rent a Storage Unit.

Almost every home shows better with less furniture. Remove pieces of furniture that block walkways and put them in a storage unit. If your bookcases are now empty, store them away. Remove extra sectional leaves from your dining room table to make the room appear larger. Leave just enough furniture in each room to show off the room's purpose and plenty of room to move around. You don't want buyers asking themselves, "I wonder what this room is used for?"

Remove/Replace Favorite Items.

If you want to take window blinds, built-in kitchen appliances or your favoriate fixtures with you, you better remove them before showing your house. If the chandelier in the dining room once belonged to your great grandfather, remove it now. If a buyer never gets a chance to see it, they won't want it. Once you tell a buyer she can't have an item, that somehow makes them want it even more and it could ruin your deal. Pack up those special items and replace them if you want them.

Make Minor Repairs


---- Replace cracked floor or counter tiles.
---- Patch holes in walls.
---- Fix leaky faucets.
---- Fix doors that don't close properly.
---- Consider painting your walls neutral colors.
---- Replace burned-out light bulbs.

Make the House Sparkle!


---- Wash windows inside and out.
---- Rent a pressure washer and spray down sidewalks and exterior.
---- Clean out cobwebs.
---- Re-caulk tubs, showers and sinks.
---- Polish chrome faucets and mirrors.
---- Clean out the refrigerator.
---- Vacuum daily.
---- Wax floors.
---- Dust furniture, ceiling fan blades and light fixtures.
---- Bleach dingy grout.
---- Replace worn rugs.
---- Hang up fresh towels.
---- Clean and air out any musty smelling areas.

Go outside and open your front door. Stand there. Do you want to go inside? Does the house welcome you? Linger in the doorway of every single room and imagine how your house will look to a buyer. Examine carefully how furniture is arranged and move pieces around until it makes sense. Make sure window coverings hang level. Tune in to the room's statement and its emotional pull. Does it have impact and pizzazz? Does it look like nobody lives in this house? You're almost finished.

Check Curb Appeal

If a buyer won't get out of her agent's car because she doesn't like the exterior of your home, you'll never get her inside. Keep the sidewalks cleared. Mow the lawn. Paint faded window trim. Plant yellow flowers or group flower pots together. Yellow evokes a buying emotion. Marigolds are inexpensive. Trim your bushes. Make sure visitors can clearly read your house number.