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Sell Your Home With These Quick, Cheap Fixes

Jun 29, 2008
The good times of the real estate market earlier this decade have been followed up by very bad times. You are going to face a lot of competition if you want to sell your home. The following tips can help and they won't cost you a bundle.

Many homeowners forget about the sense of smell when listing their home. If your home has a smoker in residence, buyers will notice. Clean the walls with ammonia and have a go at the carpets with a steam cleaner rental.

Dripping faucets in the middle of the night are a form of torture. They also turn off buyers. Check all your faucets. If they leak, replace the washers. If they are beaten up or don't turn well, replace the entire faucet.

Certain parts of a home tell a potential buyer all they need to know about how you took care of the home while living there. The baseboards are one such area. Make sure yours are in perfect shape with no dings, scratches or marks.

Walls are a flat single color surface. This makes them a natural target and they get beat up over the years. If yours are dinged up, fix them. Cracks should be repaired. Make sure the paint blends naturally with the rest of the wall.

Some simple, inexpensive fixes are right in front of our eyes, but we just don't see them. Screens fall in this category. Inspect them all. If they have any problems, replace them.

First impressions count. Give your front door the evil eye to see if it measures up. If it is a bit plain, consider painting it. If you are going to spend some money, a new front door is the place to do it.

There is one repair you can make that costs practically nothing. Landscaping. Trim back the jungle. Do some weeding. Consider buying some new plants. If you have a dull area of the yard or home, spruce them up with landscaping.

I know next to nothing about roofing, but I know a missing or damaged shingle is a bad sign. Give your roof the once over. Have broken shingles replaced. Remove anything that is lying on the roof such as tree limbs. Repair broken gutters.

Although the current real estate market is slow, it is not dead. There are buyers. Homes are selling. The key is to moving your home is in the details. Buyers have lots to choose from so don't give them a reason to walk away from yours.
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Hal James writes about real estate issues for FSBOAmerica.org. Join our free real estate newsletter at FSBOAmerica.org.
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