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No matter how great the housing market is in your area, you still have to put in some effort to get your home sold for the best price. It starts by getting your home in shape to sell and pricing it reasonably. Even then, there are plenty more dos and don’ts to keep in mind.
Don’t Stick Around for Showings
A home showing is meant to give potential buyers the opportunity to envision themselves living in your home. That’s difficult to do if you’re there lurking around corners or lolling around on the couch. While you may think you’re being helpful by pointing out your home’s best features, you’re just making the buyers uncomfortable.
Get out of the way so the buyers feel free to poke around and discuss the pros and cons of your home. If you feel the need to communicate, leave a letter detailing your home’s best points and the reasons you’re selling. A real estate pro in your area can give you advice about which features you should highlight.
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Represent Your Home Honestly
No matter how desperate you are to attract buyers, don’t resort to lying about your home. If you bill that narrow nook at the end of the hallway as a home office or that cubbyhole under the stairs as a third bedroom, buyers will catch on when they actually view your home. Nothing will run off a potential buyer faster than a clearly dishonest seller.
While we’re on the topic of representation, make sure the photos in your online listing show your home in its best light—literally. Dark photos or photos that don’t clearly show the entire room are useless to buyers. They’ll pass you up without even seeing your home in person.
Eliminate Pet Problems
People will put up with a lot from their own pets, including everything from stains to smells. But when it comes to your pets, buyers would rather not know they even exist. That means when your home is for sale, do your best to erase all signs that you have any pets.
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That includes making arrangements for Fido or Fluffy to be out of the home when you have showings. It won’t always be easy, but it could mean the difference between selling your home in a few weeks or having it sit on the market for months.
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