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Preparing and Staging Your House For Sale
Every seller wants his/her house to sell quickly and at the highest price. The way to achieve this is careful planning and knowing how to professionally spruce up your house. Buyers are attracted to houses that appear spacious, clean and solid. The steps involved in creating a marketable property are listed below.
Change your Attitude towards your House.
Treat your house as a product that can make money for you, not as a home. Focus on the fact that soon this house will no longer be yours. Don't look backwards, look towards the future. You have decided to sell, so try to take as unemotional view of your house as possible. The reason you want to make your house appear as an anonymous showhouse is because you want buyers to view it as their potential home. When a potential housebuyer sees your family possessions, it puts your own brand on the home and momentarily shatters their illusions about living in the house themselves. Your aim is make your house as impersonal as a newly built showhouse. Potential buyers can imagine themselves living in it, without being reminded of anyone else's involvement in the house.
Remove as many Personal Possessions as Possible from View. Pack up those personal items and family photographs. Buyers can't see beyond someone else's personal belongings, and you don't want them to be distracted. Make it as easy as possible for buyers to imagine themselves living in the house. You want potential buyers to be able to say to themselves: 'I can see myself living here.'
Use the Rule: If you haven't used it in over a year, you probably don't need it anymore. Donate it or dispose of it. Remove all of your books from bookcases. Pack up each and every all personal items. Clean off everything on kitchen counters and worksurfaces. Put essential items used daily in a box that can be stored in a cupboard.
Rearrange Bedroom Cupboards, Utility Room Presses and Kitchen Cabinets.
Buyers will often, out of simple curiosity, open presses and cabinet doors. Think of the message it sends if items fall out? If potential buyers see everything organized and neat, it tells them you have taken good care of the rest of the house as well. This means:
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