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Selling Your Langley Home - First Impressions Last

May 12, 2008
You can only get a single opportunity to make a good initial impression. A good first impression is crucial in real estate selling. To understand this better you can begin by standing across the street from your house and take a good look at your home. Try to put yourself in the shoes of a potential buyer. Try to see if there is anything that jumps out at you that might need to be taken cared of.

Is the paint faded badly? Is it peeling significantly? Are you using an outdated color scheme? These are a few things that you have to ask yourself when assessing a house. Check if the roof is not leaking. See to it that the rain gutters are not rusty.

It is also good to let an expert see if you have any termite infestation. If any of these questions apply to you then giving your home a fresh coat of paint can be a very good investment. It is also good to make sure that everything in the house is functioning properly. There should be no water pipe leaks or problematic electrical wirings. Make sure to keep the house clean and tidy.

Your lawn should also be kept clean and orderly. The grass should be cut short as this will add to the good impression of the potential buyer. This can significantly help you sell your piece of property sooner and for a better price. However, it is advisable to check with your strata council before starting any major work on your house.

Your yard:

* Low maintenance yards are normally more desirable since they are easier and cheaper to keep.

* Make use of colorful plants since this gives inexpensive but helpful visual interest.

* Potted plants on your front entrance can generate a positive effect. See your local gardening shop to get information about different inexpensive plant choices.

* Keep your yard clean and well kept. Even if the strata looks after your yard, you might want to take the time to assume responsibility of your front area for a few days to help your place become more sellable.

* Grassy areas should be trimmed to an acceptable height. Bushes and grass should be edged and leaves on the ground should be raked.

* Make sure there are no pet or animal feces on your lawn. It would be such an unfortunate experience if your potential buyer accidentally steps on dog poop.

* A wonderful view can add to the value of your home by at least ten percent. It would be impossible to create a beautiful view where none exists. You can however maximize and improve your existing view by asking your neighbors if they might allow you to do some selective trimming of the trees that surround your house. Getting the services of a local arborist may cost a few extra hundred dollars but this can help you achieve a better return on your investment.

* Make sure to get rid of any items or mess that may have accumulated around the outside of your unit.
About the Author
Andrew Szalontai is a Langley BC Realtor and expert who has spent years buying and selling houses and real estate in Langley and Surrey. Please visit Andrew's website at http://www.mylangleyrealestate.com for more advice and tips on selling your Langley property.
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