The 2 Most Important Things You Need to Do for a Quick Sale

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By Jim McKinley

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No matter what you read, you never really know what the market is going to be like once you put your house up for sale. That’s why you want to do everything in your power to make the property as appealing as possible to the widest audience. While there is likely no point spending money on a large and expensive renovation, there is still work to be done. These essential home projects bring out the best your home has to offer so you can sell it quicker and for the best value.

Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Your home’s curb appeal is its first impression to potential buyers. If it doesn’t make a good one, they aren’t going to be very interested in how it looks inside. With the prevalence of online listings and how much interest they can create, curb appeal is actually more important than ever. If you can’t catch their eye in an instant, they will just keep clicking.

Improving your landscaping is one of the best ways to enhance your home’s overall curb appeal. If your lawn has brown spots or your flower beds are looking a little worse for wear, it’s time to address those problems. Planting shade trees is an easy way to create a little interest in a front yard that doesn’t have much to offer. Pick a tree that does well in your particular climate, transplant it and surround the base with a rich mulch to protect the roots. Not only do shade trees add an interesting visual touch, they also work to reduce future power bills — another feature that appeals to buyers.

Another way to add interest to your home’s curb appeal is by painting your front door a new color. Choosing a color that stands out can be that little detail that makes people stop and take notice. Plus, it’s an easy and inexpensive project anyone can do. Choose a front door color that works with your home’s exterior and yard decor.

Clean Like You’ve Never Cleaned Before

Deep cleaning your house takes care of multiple problems potential homebuyers notice, including unsightly grime and allergy flare-ups due to dust. But most of all, a good cleaning eliminates odors that you may be used to by now. And you end up cleaning out places you wouldn’t normally think to clean.

For instance, your dishwasher can start to smell moldy over time. Fill a dishwasher-safe cup with white vinegar, place it on the top rack of the machine and run it through a cycle by itself to eliminate food odors lurking in your appliance.

Even if you don’t have pets, consider having your carpets professionally cleaned. The dead skin cells, grime and dust that builds up in carpet fibers create a musty odor indoors. Finally, if you smoked in your home, there’s no way to get the odor out other than washing, sealing and painting the walls as well as cleaning the duct unit.

Other ways to keep your home cleaner than clean so it will sell:

● Clear the clutter! Get rid of everything you don’t use or need around the house. Start recycling mail as soon as you read it and avoid letting papers and magazines pile up. If you can’t stand the thought of giving something up, go ahead and pack it in a box — you’re moving at some point. Might as well get a head start.

● Invest in an efficient cordless vacuum cleaner that makes it easy to eliminate dust bunnies wherever they land. A cordless vacuum is lighter, easier to carry, easier to store and comes without tripping hazards, so you are motivated to actually use it. A cordless appliance also allows you to clean in hard-to-reach areas in your home.

● After deep cleaning your bathrooms, make your own daily shower spray and keep it next to your shampoo or soap. After you bathe, spray away to keep scum, mold and mildew at bay.

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To get your house ready to sell, there are two things every homeowner must do: Improve curb appeal and clean like you’ve never cleaned before. As its first impression, your home’s curb appeal is responsible for driving traffic. A good cleaning eliminates a lot of problems, but mostly it helps your home smell its best. While your real estate agent can help with a lot of things, these two preparations every homeowner can do themselves.

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