FSBO – How to Prepare Your Home to Sell

Did you hear that? Home prices in Phoenix have risen 5% every month during 2005, according to market experts. Some even predict that home prices could rise an additional 10% over the next year. The shortage of homes for sale and still relatively low interest prices are causing home prices not just here in Phoenix but across the country. What does this mean? If you are thinking of selling your home, there is no better time than the present. Play along!

Very good, you say. I will purchase an owner for sale sign, post it in the front yard, and host an open house this weekend. I should have my house sold by the end of next week! Well, two months later, that for sale by owner sign is still out front and it has no buyer. Don’t think that just because there is a shortage of homes for sale, selling a home is a piece of cake. It may not be as easy as you think. Instead of using a real estate agent, you are determined to sell the house yourself. That is fine and possible. People do it all the time; However, what are some tips to help you prepare your home for sale? I did the research and found four minimum cost tips to prepare for your sale:

1. Cleaning. The first impression is always the lasting one. You want potential buyers to be impressed the moment they see your home from the street. Everything from the patio to the windows to every room inside must be spotlessly clean. And if you have a collection of, well, multiple collections of … things, it distracts the buyer and really takes away the beauty of your home. If you can’t get rid of these items, pack them in boxes. A potential buyer will not be offended by a few boxes packed around the house. They are most likely hoping that you are preparing to move in anyway.

2. Deodorize. This goes hand in hand with cleaning your home and removing clutter. If your home smells, it won’t sell. If the house has been empty for a while, there is nothing more offensive to a potential buyer than the smell of mold. Please take care of mold before showing the house. And you pet owners understand that your precious indoor pets are not odorless. You have just gotten used to the smell. A potential buyer will pick up the pet order immediately. The same goes for cigarettes.

3. Repaint the house. Well, you may have enjoyed a blue kitchen, an orange living room, and a red bathroom. But your potential buyer may not be that innovative. Experts agree that neutral colors are the best to showcase your home. Also take a second look at the decorations on the wall. Eliminate anything that might be offensive to your prospective buyer.

4. Embrace the sun. I don’t particularly mind the heat of Phoenix, but I love the sun. It symbolizes laughter, happiness, brightness, optimistic and positive things. Open the blinds and curtains in your house and let the sunlight in!

Remember, you want to impress the potential buyer. By following these four simple tips, you can go one step further in reducing the time it takes to sell your home. However, if you don’t have the time to sell the house yourself and don’t want the expensiveness of hiring a real estate agent, visit my website to read the free report Sell Your Home in Seven (7) Days in [http://www.adpropertyconsultants.com].

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