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Preparing a House for a Quick Sale

Jan 9, 2008
Purchasing real estate can be a great investment since it is solid. Many people are choosing to invest some of their money through this avenue due to the uncertainty of other investments. While some are getting into real estate investing to be landlords, others are choosing to pursue flipping real estate. If you are purchasing a home to flip, there are some things you need to do to ensure you can sell your house.

Fixing any major problems with a house is the first thing that should be done when you are preparing to sell your house quickly. Buyers aren't interested in homes that have holes, mold, rotten floors or ceilings, electrical wiring not up to code and other major problems. No one will care about the luxuries and features when you sell your house if the basic elements aren't in good standing.

After fixing major problems with a house, you can make cosmetic changes that enhance the appearance of a house. Many individuals flipping real estate choose to install granite countertops, hardwood floors and recessed lighting as these items make a house appear very modern. However, it is important that you don't go overboard making cosmetic changes as your house should still fit in with other homes in the neighborhood.

While making cosmetic changes to a house inside, you also need to make cosmetic changes outside. Curb appeal is very important as it often dictates whether or not people will even stop to look at your home. While you may completely change and improve the inside of your house, no one will see this if you don't also make the outside attractive. New landscaping should be considered and the house should be painted if it is needed. Even if the outside looks attractive to you, most experts recommend making a few changes. Changes outside can serve to signal buyers to stop in and have a look at changes on the inside.

One thing many individuals in real estate investing forget to do when flipping real estate is to clean the home thoroughly before the open house. While cleanup is done in the areas where repairs and changes were made, some individuals neglect to clean areas that didn't receive a makeover. Before your open house you should take the time to vacuum, sweep and mop any floors, clean the windows and wipe everything down including cabinets, closet shelves, fireplace mantels, etc. Doing so will ensure your home is sparkling and attractive to potential buyers.

Finally, when preparing to sell your house, you should stage it by bringing in decorations and other items to make the spaces in the house attractive to buyers. Individuals often need help understanding how certain spaces can be used and what their home can look like. By staging, you can create this for your buyers and often increase the number and amount of offers you receive on the house.

Real estate investing can be a great way to make money if you know how to flip a house and quickly sell it. However, you must follow the tips listed here to ensure their home is prepared for a quick sale to qualified buyers. That can be worth thousands of dollars to you from real estate investing within a matter of weeks.
About the Author
Jason Loucks is the Nation's Leading Expert at Selling Houses and Investment Properties Fast and For Top Dollar. To Discover more about his "7 Day Sale" Method for selling properties at retail price in 7 Days, visit http://www.7DaySaleGuy.Com .
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