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Quick Solutions to Help You Sell Faster




Getting your home ready to be listed and want to ensure you are on top of your game when it comes to being prepared? Great!

Many prospective buyers aren't just turned off by things like major damage or repairs, which are usually addressed anyway. They get focused on details that others might not even think are important, and decide to pick house B over houses A and C simply because they look more 'move-in-ready'.

Here are a few tips on things to take a look at and do as you get ready to list:

Clean/Replace Blinds ($5-15):
Dirty blinds are an eyesore, and you can easily clean them with a damp cloth. Broken blinds are easy to replace, and make a huge visual difference. Even knotted-up strings, missing wands and crooked hardware can turn off potential buyers. They see the replacements necessary as the result of poor maintenance. Don't send the wrong message by missing this easy fix!

Loose Doors and Drawers ($0-10):


Potential buyers will cringe at the look of a loose door or drawer that you’ve just become accustomed to. Grab a screwdriver and tighten them up. When needed, replace a handle or hinge to give those doors a revitalized 


Make Sure All Light bulbs Work ($5-20): 

Sometimes closet light bulbs and other little-used light fixtures get overlooked for dead light bulbs. You may even have to drag out the ladder for tall fixtures, but buyers check every switch, and the difference in lighting will be noticeable. A dead light bulb is most likely the cause, but potential buyers may think worse electrical problems are present and move on to another house!


Check the Front Door ($10-40):

Most of us don’t use our front door on a regular basis, so it can become an overlooked area. Make sure the surrounding area is swept and the doorbell works. A new, plain doormat or shiny door knocker can make a nice first impression for buyers. Keep decorations like wreathes seasonally appropriate and make sure they don't distract from the house.


Freshen the Air ($5-7): 

Let me take you back to 2015 when my wife and I were buying a house. We found one that had great space, was fairly updated, had a great yard for the dogs and kids, was in the right area...all in all we really liked the house.
Except for the fact that it stank. 
We sat in the living room looking around imagining where our stuff would go and where our kids would be...but I kept getting distracted by the odor. Finally, I said 'enough' and instead of putting in an offer we went to our next choice. It also had most of the things we wanted, but was a bit smaller and older with less yard and more work we'd need to do the first 1-2 years. It became our home. 
Now I have only passing memories of the house we almost tried to buy instead... which ended up sitting on the market for over a year and experienced 4 price drops before it finally sold!
A quick odor-eliminating spray (an unscented spray that eliminates odors) around the house can keep odors at bay. Candles or any scented spray can set off allergies and only mask odors instead of eliminating them, so beware of using those.

What other ideas can you add to this list? Leave a comment or send me an email at therealestatepastor@gmail.com!

DK

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