How to Prepare Your House for Sale This Fall

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Today’s real estate market is different than is was just a few short months ago. If you’re thinking about selling your home, you may be wondering what you need to do differently in order to stand out and get your home sold. Taking the time to prep your home appropriately and create a solid plan can help you receive a great return on your investment.

Here are some tips to make sure you can maximize the sale of your house this fall.

  1. Price your home right.
    One of the first things buyers notice when house hunting is price. Putting a price tag on your home that is too high can put you at a disadvantage by discouraging buyers from making an offer. Pricing your house too low may make buyers worry there is something wrong with the home.

    Your goal is to gain attention of prospective buyers and get them to make an offer. With prices growing in our market and buyer demand slowing down, pricing your home appropriately for where the market is today has become more important than ever.

    What is the magic number? Pricing your home is not a guessing game. It takes skill and expertise. Work with a trusted real estate agent to determine the current market value of your home. Feel free to contact our office at any time for a no obligation visit from Melanie to discuss your options.
  2. Keep your home clean.
    This may sound too easy but keeping your home clean is key to making sure it gets the attention it deserves. You never know when a buyer will pop up with a last minute showing request. You don’t want to miss out on a showing because you forgot to make the bed, put away your clutter or left the dirty dishes in the sink. For more tips on getting your home ready for showings, check out this article.
  3. Help buyers feel “at home.”
    When a buyer enters your home, it is important for them to see all the possible ways they can make your house their next home. An easy step to take is removing all personal items, like pictures and sentimental belongings. You want the buyer to envision themselves living in your home. It helps to remove any excess clutter or furniture so there is ample space for the buyers to walk around and get a good feel for the layout of the home. Staging is so important when getting ready for market. The right arrangements can help buyers fall in love when they walk in the door and get you a possible higher price point. Melanie is excellent at staging homes. Feel free to contact her for her expert advice on staging your home.

Stand out on today’s ever changing market buy doing a little prep work beforehand. Fall is a great time to sell. It brings out serious buyers who are ready to get into a new home before the holiday season and the chilly weather sets in.

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