Selling House tips?

phunkyphreak phunkyphreak
I am in the process of trying to sell my house. I would love some tips on how to get it ready and what I need to do to for it to go. Any suggestions?
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Petite Valentine Petite Valentine
Originally posted by phunkyphreak
I am in the process of trying to sell my house. I would love some tips on how to get it ready and what I need to do to for it to go. Any suggestions?
I love color so I disgree with this maxim, but many real estate agents will tell you to paint the walls in neutral colors (white, biege).

If your kitchen appliances are old, consider upgrading. A few hundred dollars out of pocket for a new refrigerator and stove can translate to a couple of thousand dollars more on a buyer's offer.
Acorn Acorn
Petite Valentine is definitely right about the appliances. I have been looking at houses lately and new appliances really add a lot of value to a house.
Rossie Rossie
Check this article out link - extremely useful tips!
P'Gell P'Gell
This is a terrible market for selling houses. You will want to talk to your real estate agent, as she will know the best way to "stage" a house for selling in your area.

I know when we sold our first house, we were advised to remove almost everything "personal" from the house. Too many personal touches and decorations and the buyer can't see him or herself in your house. They said we could leave up one pic of each kid and that was it. Most of our nick-knacks, pictures, paintings, wall hangings, etc were put in boxes and stored.... and the house sold.

The house smelling good is a must. I used to take a pot of water, put a few cinnamon sticks, some cloves and some ginger in it, boil it as soon as the real estate agent called, then let it simmer for a while, then place it in the oven. The house would smell like someone was just baking, but it was really subtle. I would always clean the toilet right before someone showed the house, as well.

CLEAN! Have nothing on your sink and counters in the bathroom and kitchen, clear tables and surfaces, make beds. Yes, neutral colors are best, because its easier for the buyer to see him or herself in that house.

But, I would talk to the real estate agent, because different things work better in different areas, and in this economy you need the best advice available.
married with children married with children
Keep the house clean and de-cluttered. Remove all unnecessary personal items,(which I know a hard thing to do when you are still living there). But if it is cluttered, the clutter will make the house feel smaller then it really is. Keep the yard up, it is easy to do in the summer. You can add alot of color for cheap.
phunkyphreak phunkyphreak
Well our real estate agent came by and made a few suggestions. I need to clean out our basement and pick up the yard. She said the rest of the house lloks good so wish us luck for a speedy house sale!
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