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Getting Your For-sale-by-owner Home Ready For A Quick Sale

Jan 29, 2008
With the current economical conditions and the slowing real estate market, a home seller must do everything possible to make the house as appealing as possible to the potential buyer. To do so, the home seller may have to make some changes to the house. These changes don't have to be expensive but must be always made thinking about the buyer and the fact that every time a buyer sees the house, he is thinking how would it feel to live in such a house.

For instance, if the house smells bad, the buyer see it as a clue to think that the house hasn't been maintained properly. If the bathrooms are not clean, buyers won't be able to picture themselves living in that house; specially, if they visit five different houses after seeing yours.

In the following paragraphs, you'll read about different things you can do to make your house look like a home your buyers could make their own. These strategies can be done quickly and for very little money. Make a budget of how much money you can spend and prioritize where you are going to spend that money. Of course, it is important that you start making the changes right away.

First, try to show your home during the day whenever you can and with all the blinders up so that there can be as much light as possible. Even if you show your house in the middle of the day, turn on the lights; change all the light bulbs with 100 watts bulbs.

If your house has a front lawn, make sure to cut it and trim it as it's another indication of how well you maintain your home. Clear the lawn of any objects tat should not be there. If the paint in the outside is old, replace it if you can afford it. If you can't afford new paint, paint the trims on the door and windows.

Also, install bold street numbers made of quality materials to help people find your home. Change the old mailbox and doormat with new ones. Remember that you have ONE chance to make a first great impression.

Inside your home, wash the carpet and the floors. If the carpet is very dirty, rent a carpet cleaning machine at your local supermarket or hire a professional carpet cleaner. Most of the time, you don't want to change your carpet because it can be outside your budget and your potential buyers may not like the color of the carpet anyways.

Also, if you see that some rooms need to be painted, please paint them with neutral colors. In some cases, you may just need to wash the stains off the walls.

Next, go over every room in your house and make sure it is clean, tidy and unclogged. Pay special attention to the bathrooms. After you finish cleaning, place a few candles around your house and light them up before your appointments. Whenever you can, buy a few natural or artificial flowers to place them in the most visible areas around you house.

If you have a little money left, you may wan to change electrical outlets and light switches as well as doorknobs. They are very inexpensive and make your home look a lot better by making it look different.

Finally, after you think you are ready getting your home ready to start showing it off, ask yourself whether this is a house you would really like to live in. It is important that you ask this question honestly because is the same question your potential buyers will be asking themselves as they see your house. If the answer is negative, keep making changes until you are comfortable with the overall look of the house.
About the Author
The author, Igor Buces, helps people sell their Miami for-sale-by-owner house. You can access many different home loan and for-sale-by-owner articles at his Miami home loan house page.
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