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Selling Your Home: How to Prepare Yourself for the Process

Posted by Veronica On January - 31 - 2014

real estate for sale signYou’ve invested a lot of time and money into your home. Now that you’ve decided to sell, you want that investment to pay off. While you will want to hire a reputable REALTOR to guide you through the process of selling your Greater Portland or Southern Maine home, there are a few things you can do to make the REALTOR job easier.

Prepare Yourself Emotionally

A lot of people aren’t prepared for the overwhelming stress that selling their homes can bring. It’s important to stop thinking of your house as your home. Do everything you can to depersonalize it and separate yourself from it. Tuck any personal belongings or pictures away. Not only will they make it harder for you to detach yourself from the house, they will also make it harder for potential buyers to imagine themselves living there.

Declutter and Create Space

When you’re trying to sell your home, it’s important to declutter as much as possible and move any excess furniture to a storage shed. Houses always look bigger and show better with less furniture because buyers like to see open spaces. They want to be able to visualize their furniture and their belongings in the home.

Spruce Things Up

If you want to sell your house quickly, it’s important to clean it up. Get rid of dust and cobwebs, wash the walls and windows, house down the exterior, and replace any tattered rugs. You should also improve the curb appeal by painting your window trim, trimming bushes, planting flowers, keeping your sidewalks cleared, and keeping your lawn mowed.

Do Some Cosmetic Repairs

Even small changes can make a huge difference in how well your home shows. If you want potential buyers to see your house in the best light you should go through your house and make any cosmetic or minor repairs now. Cracked floor tiles or cabinet doors that just don’t shut right might not bother you, but they could make or break a sale for a potential buyer.

Set the Stage

Nothing says the comfort of home like a freshly baked pie on the counter, a bowl of fresh fruit on the table, and towels carefully tied with ribbons in the bathroom. Staging your house is an almost artistic process that your agent will be able to help with.

Be Consistent and Get Out

You should keep your home showing ready at all times. You never know when a potential buyer might want to go through. However, you should always make plans to go out during a showing. It’s also a good idea to make other arrangements for your pets when showings are taking place. If a potential buyer has a pet allergy, they might not stay long enough to see all of the great selling features your house has to offer.

Get in touch with one of our qualified agents today so we can start getting your house ready to show to potential home buyers in Maine.

About the Author

As a broker specializing in multi-units and single family homes in Southern Maine, Veronica Schneider joined the real estate industry in August of 2004 bringing with her over eight years of experience in real estate management. You can find Veronica and Green Tree Realty on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.

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