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Spring time is prep time for selling a home

Springtime is finally here, and this is the time of year homeowners begin to think about putting their house on the market to sell.

Here are some helpful tips of things you can do that will help in the presentation of your home, contract negotiation and for getting the best price for your home. When competing in the housing market, you need to have an edge. You want to make sure that your home not only looks good, but presents a smart investment. Buyers are not only looking for the best price of a home, but the best value in their price range.

• Remember first impressions are important — How does your home look as you approach it? Could your front door use a fresh coat of paint? Does your mailbox need replaced? Make sure the address is visible. Your shrubs and lawn should be neatly manicured. Adding some fresh mulch and pretty flowers will add a nice finishing touch. Could your siding use a power wash? The walkways and drive should be clear and free from debris and cracks.

• Organize and clean — Pare down clutter and pack up your least-used items, such as small kitchen appliances, out-of-season clothes, toys and exercise equipment. Store items off-site or in boxes neatly arranged in the garage or basement. Clean the windows, carpets, walls, lighting fixtures and baseboards to make the house shine. A fresh coat of paint and removal of wallpaper can neutralize a color scheme and make it easy for a buyer to visualize his or her belongings in the new space.

• Have a pre-sale home inspection and offer a home warranty — Be proactive by arranging for a pre-sale home inspection. Your local Realtors can provide you with a list of qualified inspectors. Inspectors will be able to give you a good indication of the trouble areas that will stand out to potential buyers, and you’ll be able to make any needed repairs. Home warranties are a peace of mind for buyers during that crucial first year of home ownership.

• Get replacement estimates — Do you have big-ticket items that are worn out or will need replaced soon, such your roof or carpeting? Get estimates on how much it would cost to replace them, even if you don’t plan to do it yourself. The figures will help buyers determine if they can afford the home and will be handy when negotiations begin. Have your furnace and air conditioning units cleaned and checked. Ask your service technician to write on your bill that it is in good working condition.

• Find your warranties — Gather up the warranties, guarantees and user manuals for the furnace, washer and dryer, dishwasher and any other items that will remain with the house.

Ask your Realtor what buyers in your price range expect. Your Realtor can offer a few low-cost ideas that will improve your bottom line.

This article was provided by the Warren Area Board of Realtors.

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