We all know houses are not selling like they used to. If you are considering selling your home, there are several tips that will make it easier to sell. First impressions make a huge difference between a sale or no sale. These tips apply to any economy or market.
- Less is More: Even if you have not moved out, removing some furniture can help the home feel more spacious. This also provides a potential buyer with a better visual of how the property could look as their home.
- Odor Control: Sometimes homes have an odor you may not even notice since you there every day. Ask a friend (or your agent) to be honest about any odor. While the house is on the market, take the trash out every day and clean the refrigerator regularly. If you have pets, keep an eye on the situation (i.e. litter box). I have been in some gorgeous homes but a strong offensive odor has turned buyers away.
- The Little Things: There are small and often inexpensive changes you can complete yourself to freshen up your home. For example, replace dated/cracked light switch covers , install new hardware on cabinets, remove broken window treatment (no window covering is often better than broken blinds). Although potential buyers know the house is lived it, it is helpful to remove excess clutter such as newspapers, mail, laundry and shoes.
- A Neutral Appeal: If you have customized every room with dark paint or wall paper, you may want to update the colors to a more neutral tone. This can help potential buyers create their own vision for the home and also when they are comparing their options, your home may need less investment and work if they buy the house.
- Curb Appeal: This one is pretty obvious to most but again look at the exterior of your home from the potential buyers’ perspective. Is the home welcoming? Is there a clear path to the front door? Is the front porch clean and appealing?
Keep these tips in mind when selling your property. The best way to do this is to walk through your home with an honest friend as if you are both touring the home for the first time. An experience real estate agent can also help.
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Buying a home can be stressful. The staff of the Boston Globe assembled a list of things to keep in mind as you enter the home buying process.
1. Get your financing in order. The seller wants to know if they accept the offer, the deal will go through. Most experts recommend having a pre-approval within the past 30 days.
2. Understand your time horizon. If you are buying for the short term you might consider whether the property is a good investment and specifically will it be attractive to the next buyer.
3. Know the overall market conditions. Investigate the comparable property sales for the past six months. Your agent should be able to provide you with this information.
4. Search and buy within your means. Don’t buy if you can barely make payments each month.
5. If you are waiting for prices to go lower, think again. As evidenced over the last few years, real estate can be unpredictable. However, most experts agree that after looking at the numbers, it may not continue to go down.
6. Don’t get sucked in by appearances. Buyers should keep in mind that sellers are staging their homes to look the best possible. Pay attention beyond the decorations.
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