Terry’s Blog: Follow This Advise to Get Your Home Sold

20121102_100341It is a common misconception among Americans that selling a home is an especially difficult task. While it is not always easy, if you have the advice of a professional, or you follow helpful tips like these you will find that it is not as difficult as you might think.

Don’t rely on your Realtor alone to do all of the advertising for you. In today’s real estate market, you need all the exposure you can get. Take out an ad in the paper, and post to Craigslist. Always refer back to their contact information, but put the word out there yourself to ensure that no one misses out on the property that you have for sale.

Real estate agents across the country are reporting the rise in requests for homes with garden ponds. Consider adding this to the front lawn area, or tucked away in the back garden. They are a peaceful retreat as well as a draw for local wildlife. The avid outdoor person will love the idea of deer in their front or back yard.

Replace your dying summer flowers with some pumpkins or some mums, and you will make an uninviting home look like a place that anyone would feel happy owning. These simple changes make your home look full of life and give the buyer the motivation to make you an offer on it.

Selling your home in today’s sluggish real estate market can be difficult, but you can make it easier by improving your home’s appeal with some quick and easy fixes. Updated kitchens are a main concern of potential buyers. If yours is outdated and a complete overhaul is too costly, consider having your cabinets refaced. This costs substantially less than investing in new cabinets, and the change can be dramatic. Give your bathroom a facelift with a new pedestal sink and toilet seat. A prefabricated tub surround can quickly make those chipped and dingy tiles disappear. Give the walls of any room a fresh coat of paint in a neutral color. Now stand back, and watch the bidding war begin!

Adding a shop to your home or property will really drive up it’s value. Whether you section off a portion of the garage and add workbenches, outlets and shelving, or build a second outbuilding that is designed especially for housing tools and equipment, you will appeal to a wider selection of buyers who like to do work on their own machines, or their own home repairs and need a space to do the work.

Landlords should always screen their tenants. Check your tenant’s credit, ask for references, and do a criminal background check. This will help you to know the people who are living in your properties, and give you an idea of their level of trustworthiness. Forgoing the background check might save a little time, but in the long run it can cost you more than the time savings is worth.

When staging a home to show to a potential buyer, don’t neglect the bathroom. A clean, white shower curtain will make a bathroom feel less grungy and more like the sanitary space it should be. Under no circumstances should you show a home with the old owner’s shower curtain still in place.

When preparing a home to sell, consider some basic landscaping. Lush green grass and flowering plants can be put in at low cost and will greatly add to the curb appeal of the home. The increased curb appeal of your property will translate into more interest and even a higher selling price.

As you can see, selling a home is not as difficult as it may seem. If you are willing to read up on the subject and follow the advice provided, you can save a large amount of money next time you are faced with the task of selling a home.

 

 

 

Terry Bornitz is a gay friendly real estate agent in Sioux Falls, South Dakota ? if you?re buying or selling a home in the greater Sioux Falls area, contact Terry by email or visit his website.

 

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