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Sell Your Home By Making It Stick Out From The Crowd

Dec 30, 2007
As a homeowner, the prospects of selling your abode in a buyers' market can be more than a bit intimidating. At the moment, we are in heavy buyers market, but that doesn't mean that you can't sell your home. The key to moving it is all in the details.

The question you must ask yourself is what makes your home stick out from comparable properties in the neighborhood? You may have undertaken an improvement that results in an obvious answer. An improved bathroom, kitchen and so forth.

If you don't have a major upgrade, then you need to focus on the small details. You would be surprised how often a small change can make an impression on a buyer. Here are a few tweaks you can make that could result in an offer.

One of the keys to curb appeal is to create a path to your front door. The path sets the tone for the buyer's impression of the home. Try to ditch concrete rectangle paths. Go for placed stones or a winding path.

Flower pots are your friends. They are inexpensive and easy to come by. They also make a dramatic change to the appearance of practically any aspect of a home. Try placing one on each side of your front door to give it a different look.

The eyes are the path to your soul and windows serve the same function for homes. Clear any plants blocking their view. If the windows are unique, highlight them by painting the frames a color that contrasts with the surrounding walls.

Trash is a fact of life, but should be seen as little as possible. Make your house stand out by installing vine trellis around where you keep your trash cans. Grow vines that flower on them to block any nasty trash smell.

I love a good trellis. It is cheap, easy and can make a big difference. One area it is invaluable is on homes that have a long, flat wall. This often occurs on the side of a home. Try installing a trellis or three and growing a small garden of vines.

When landscaping is mentioned, most people picture how it looks during the day. While important, don't forget about the night view. Use lighting to create a beautiful lit landscape and then include pictures in your marketing.

As you can see, there are a bevy of small steps you can take to make an impression on buyers. Give your home the once over before listing it. It could make all the difference in the world to getting the sale.
About the Author
Hal James writes about issues faced by FSBO sellers for FSBOAmerica.org, where you can get a free one month listing to sell your home by owner and get more real estate tips.
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