DECLUTTER- In order to show off the square footage of a home, there cannot be too much stuff inside of it. An overcrowded home feels smaller, and also points out the fact that there is not enough storage space. As a general rule, a home seller would want to prepack about one third of all their belongings.
CLEAN, CLEAN, CLEAN- In order to make a great first impression, a house needs to look its best. Potential buyers are attracted to homes that feel clean and fresh. If it is dirty and not well kept, buyers start to wonder what else may be wrong with a property.
DEPERSONALIZE- Buyers often get distracted by peoples' personal items. If someones personality shines too strongly in a house, it makes it difficult for the buyer to imagine themselves in the home. So paint the walls a neutral color, take down the personal photos, and hide your Star Wars collection. Your home may feel a little bare and a little boring, but this is the best way to attract the largest amount of buyers.
REPAIRS- Any repairs needed should be done prior to putting a house on the market. If a home is in pristine condition, buyers will be assured that the property has been well cared for by the owners. If proper maintenance is not done, the owner will pay one way or another- either the cost of repairs, or selling the house for less money.
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