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Spruce up your home if you are selling it

It’s a great time to buy a home, and buyers are starting their annual spring tour of homes.

This weekend kicks off our Community Home Week Celebration. This weekend is a prime time for sellers to get their homes in tip-top shape.

Curbside appeal is very often the determining factor that persuades potential buyers to venture into a home that is for sale. Once inside, the best way to help ensure that these lookers stay is to offer an interior that is just as inviting as the outside.

Sprucing up your yard before you sell doesn’t necessarily have to be costly in terms of time or money. For example, sellers can help increase the curb appeal of their property by pruning the shrubs, especially those around the windows and doors, to provide more light inside and safer accessibility through entrances.

Other tricks that can help make a home more inviting to potential buyers include keeping your lawn watered in warmer months to maintain a healthy green color, planting flowers along a walkway or around a lamp or sign post or placing attractive flower pots on the porch. Finally, items such as grills, children’s toys, bicycles, tools and machinery should be stored away neatly.

Once the outside is spruced up, we recommend sellers move inside to clean out closets. You can give your home a more spacious feel by picking up the clutter and packing up the knickknacks.

What most sellers don’t realize is that buyers are not interested in their personal items — especially items such as family photographs and various treasures a seller has collected over the years. These items will only get in the way of a potential buyer’s ability to envision his or her own personal effects in your home.

Another way sellers can help create a more spacious look to their home is by packing away items housed in pieces of furniture as display, such as hutches and cabinets. By moving various pieces of furniture out of the house, you’re able to help the potential buyer imagine their own furniture in place of yours.

Realtors also recommend that sellers either sell off or give away unwanted items and home furnishings before potential buyers begin to look. Sellers should think of themselves as living in a model home when they market their property.

That means in addition to making sure the home is constantly kept clean, they need to be willing to move out their favorite chair, end table or couch. It makes it easier for a potential buyer to envision a home office in place of the cozy den for which a seller may have used a certain room for. Because buying a home is usually the biggest purchase of a consumer’s life, it gets frustrating for him / her if he / she cannot see past someone else’s clutter.

This article was submitted by the The Warren Area Board of Realtors, one of 1,200 local boards and associations of Realtors nationwide that comprise the National Association of Realtors.

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