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Top 5 Things You Should Do Before You List Your Home For Sale

It can be an exciting and overwhelming process when listing your home for sale. There is so much to take care of to get your home in the right condition for buyers to see. Whether your local real estate market is strong, and you are competing against many other homes, or you are the only home on your street for sale, there are a few key steps you should take to maximize the value of your property. Here are the top 5 things you should do before you list your home for sale.

1. Walk-thru

Before doing anything, take a minute to walk through your entire home. Look at what things a buyer might notice such as stains on the carpet, rooms that need to be painted, holes in the wall, or pealed paint. While it can be difficult to notice these things as this is the home you have lived in, it is important to notice every little detail. You may need to have a friend come over or hire someone to do a walk-thru with you.

2. Repair

After you have done a walk-thru and seen what needs to be fixed, start the repair phase. Fix all of the cracks in the wall, repaint rooms that need to be painted, clean the carpets, and repair any hardwood floors that need done. The two areas that you need to really focus on is the kitchen and bathrooms, as these are the areas that buyers tend to scrutinize the most. After repairing everything that needs to be repaired, do a thorough house cleaning to make everything look new.

3. Take down belongings

While this may sound ridiculous, homes sell better when the buyer can actually picture themselves in your home. What this means is take down pictures off of the walls that have your family in it and any other special belongings that buyers may not associate with. This does not mean you have to move out before you list your home. But try to make it so the buyer can actually visualize themselves in your home.

4. Remove unneeded furniture

Believe it or not, rooms look bigger the emptier they are. Try to arrange your furniture to create as much open space as possible. And if you need to, remove extra furniture to create more space. The larger the house looks, the more willing people will be to pay for it.

5. Home inspection

The final thing you should do before you list your home for sale is do a home inspection. Doing a home inspection yourself instead of having the buyer do it has a number of advantages. First, it will prevent a buyer from putting a home inspection condition in their offer. Second, it will allow you to fix anything that a buyer may use to reduce your offer.

There are a number of things you will want to do prior to listing your home for sale. These are the top 5 things you should do before you list your home for sale.


Shutters Helping Your Home Sell

When potential buyers are looking at a home, many upgrades get their attention. Floor tile, fireplace, and tile backsplash are some popular additions to a home. One upgrade, however, really makes homebuyers take notice. That upgrade is plantation shutters.

Plantation shutters are interior shutters installed inside a window. Though the name is often used to describe any interior window shutters. The panels can be adjusted as needed to let in light or to keep it out. This adds shade to a home and can even help reduce the energy bills. Shutters also add privacy in areas that require it. For this reason, many people install plantation shutters in large windows over the bathtub or in the bedroom. Many people also use plantation shutters in windows facing the street. Plantation shutters can be used in every window in the home, but the cost for this would be great.

Plantation shutters are available in most every type of wood or in vinyl. Customers looking for a stained look should buy wooden shutters as vinyl offers a painted look. Some new vinyl shutters are made to replicate the look of wood. These are a cheaper alternative for those desiring wood.

Plantation shutter installation is a relatively easy do-it-yourself project. Installation is quick and requires few tools. If you prefer, some companies do offer installation at an additional price. Contractors or handymen for hire can also be hired to install the shutters.

If you do opt to do the installation yourself, the most important thing is to accurately measure. You will want to make sure that your shutters are a precise fit for your window. An inaccurate fit will greatly detract from the shutters look and value. Manufacturers will offer detailed installation instructions. Home improvement stores also offer tips and suggestions for installation. In addition, instructions are available on the Internet.

For a classy and long-lasting window cover, consider plantation shutters. They add privacy, shade, beauty --and perceived value

Shutters are a wonderful addition to any home. They give the home an air of warmth and comfort, a feeling of home. They can be traditional or modern, farmhouse shabby or city chic.

Shutters can be made from a variety of materials, from vinyl to faux wood. The most popular, however is wood. Wood shutters, in general, are better made than their vinyl or faux counterparts. Though they are more expensive, they also add tremendous value to your home. Additionally, wood shutters offer more choices in style and design. They can be bought for all sizes and shapes of windows. For the moment, that is simply not the case with vinyl. If you live in a historic or landmark area, preservation of the history is important. Wood shutters are far more likely to reach that goal. In fact, some custom shutter companies will guarantee that their wood shutters are historically accurate.

Wood shutters can also be used inside the home. Plantation shutters are installed inside the windows in place of blinds. These offer added privacy and shade. Though they are offered in other materials, they are most often made of wood.

Wood shutters are available in most types of wood, including cedar, pine, oak, and maple. The shutters can be etched to be louvered, panelled, or raised panelled. The type you choose simply depends on personal preference and the look of your home.

Wood shutters are relatively easy to install, and require only a few tools. Detailed instructions can be found on the Internet or at home improvement stores. Shutter manufacturers also offer instructions for installation. If you prefer to have someone else do the installing, you can hire a local contractor. Some shutter companies also offer installation at an additional price.


Console Tables - A Great Addition When Trying To Sell Your Home

In this down housing market, if you are one of the millions who are trying to sell a home, you understand how tough it is right now. For the most part there are more homes on the market then people wanting to buy them. That means all aspects of your home and every detail you add, or forget, are going to count.

This is a good time to take a walk through and see what your house is missing. Often the answer is console or sofa tables.

First Impressions - What is the first thing people are going to see when they walk into your home? Is there anything welcoming them into the foyer? If they have an umbrella in hand, a purse, a package, where are they going to put these items? This is one of the many uses for console tables in a home. They are essentially a welcoming hand that will take whatever the potential homeowner needs to put down. A table in the entryway is also a great place to leave any extra brochures you have created to show off you home. Giving them pictures to take with them may help them remember your home, in living color, after they leave.

Living Space - Most people looking for homes have families or are thinking of having families down the road. They are looking at what a space can offer them. Console tables in the living room, where you have packed away board games, books and other 'family activities', can offer them a feeling that this room is meant for 'family time'. If you want to send this image home, set up a board game that looks as if it is in play on the top of one of the tables. They will be able to picture their family enjoying time together in this space.

An Organized Kitchen - One of the most commonly looked at spaces in a home is the kitchen. Tables can really add to a kitchen environment, when a prospective buyer is thinking of the gourmet fare they can create in this space. The keyword here is space. Kitchen space is often thought to be at a premium. Putting console tables in the kitchen will allow extra storage space, room for cookbooks, recipes and the other items the new owner will need to create their culinary delights.

These tips are just a start. Look around your house and see where else console tables may make a difference for the better. Consider that as potential buyers look at home they are looking for a space that looks clean, but comfortable. Understand their priorities. They want a beautiful space that they can live in.

By adding console or sofa tables to rooms throughout the house, you are helping them to understand how they will be able to organize all their things and still be able to live comfortably in the space your home has to offer. This extra touch may make your home be the one they can picture themselves living in happily, and may lead to a sale.


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