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Helpful Advice for Selling Your Home Quickly

Aug 16, 2008
When you realize the prices that homes in your neighborhood are selling for, you may realize that you have a lot of equity built up in your home. This is especially true of homeowners in the UK, where the prices of homes have been consistently rising over the past few years. As a homeowner, you could be sitting on a sizeable nest egg if you were to sell your home with the profit you could make. You could pay off your mortgage and have enough money left over to make a down payment on another home or be able to do quite a bit of traveling. Many homeowners have decided to sell to cash in on their investments and downgrade to a smaller property when their children have grown and left home. However, there are factors that you have to take into consideration when selling your home because you have to view it through the eyes of a potential buyer.

You should start by disassociating yourself from your home. Walk through it as if you were a buyer rather than a seller. To prepare your home for sale, you have to depersonalize it for showing. This means you should try to reduce the number of personal mementos and pictures you have around the home. You want the buyer to imagine his/her own photos or artwork on the walls or on the fireplace.

Think about the amazing amount of junk you have accumulated during your years of living in the house. Buyers who come to see the home do not want to see clutter. They will have a difficult time seeing past this and imagining themselves living here. Sort through everything you have to distinguish the old from the new. If you do not use it and it has not any monetary value, the best thing to do is to throw it out. Make sure your kitchen counter is clean and if necessary place essential items in a box in a closet. Try not to have any knickknacks around the house. You can think of it as preliminary packing because you will have to pack it all up anyway when you sell the home.

Buyers will look in closets and open cabinet doors. You should try to have the things inside arranged neatly. When buyers see that you are organized they will also have the feeling that they will not have much cleaning to do after you move out and they take possession of the home. If you know that you have too much furniture in some rooms but you dont have anywhere to store it, you can rent a storage unit. Then you have the furniture ready for another place when you do sell. You can also have a flea market and sell off some of your used furniture especially if you plan to move to a smaller property where you will have even less space.

If there are any window coverings that you want to keep, remove them before you show the house. When a buyer looks through the home, if there are window coverings, they will be included in the sale. So if you remove them first, the buyer will not insist on them being part of the sale agreement. This also includes such things as removable rugs on the floor or a fireplace.

The next step in making sure your house is ready to put on the market is to make any necessary repairs that may turn off potential buyers. This includes replacing any cracked or broken tiles, making sure any holes in the walls are repaired properly, there are no leaky faucets or cabinet doors that dont close properly. Neutral colors work best because the decor you choose may not be in the same taste as the buyer. You can repaint the walls a neutral color. Remember that what was in fashion when you moved into the home may not still be in fashion now, such as flowery wallpaper. It doesnt cost a lot of money to remove any wallpaper and paint the walls.

The house must be sparkling clean before potential buyers come to call. Prepare a checklist of things you need to do and then check them off when they are completed. Wash the windows, dust all the furniture, wash the floors, make sure there are fresh towels in the bathroom and that the beds are made. You should not have any clothing lying around the bedrooms. Put everything in the drawers or hang it in the closet so that the rooms look neat and tidy.

Once you have carefully scrutinized, repaired and cleaned the interior of the home, then its time to tackle the exterior. Make sure that all the doors open and close properly and that the outside of the home is clean and tidy. If there is any peeling paint on the windowsills, scrape it off and repaint. Trim the brush or hedge around the lawn and make sure the lawn is mowed.
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Peter Kenny has been writing financial articles for 10 years and is a writer for The Thrifty Scot, please visit us at Remortgage Loan and Personal Loans
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