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Preparing your home for sale    

So you have taken a big step and decided to sell your house.  Now what should you do?  To maximize the sale potential of your home, you need to prepare it to show to potential buyers.

With this list and the expertise of us, you can be confident that your house is the best it can be.  Follow our tips and ideas to help you prioritize, prepare and plan for items that need attention before your house is shown.  When you have a plan in place, create a list of items that need to be accomplished to help your property stand out from other properties on the market.

First, walk through your home to help identify the strongest selling features.  Go room by room, writing down your first impression and what needs attention.  You will soon discover that the details make the difference.

Focus first on curb appeal.  This is your first chance to entice buyers.  Focusing your efforts on the front of your house will assist in grabbing buyer's attention.  It is true that first impressions are lasting, so be sure your home creates a strong first impression.  Clear all debris, leaves, clutter and dirt. If your door needs to be repainted, choose a complimentary color or finish.  Trim shrubs, mow your lawn, add some colorful potted plants.  All enhancements should make a subtle yet powerful statement.

Second, create neutral and welcoming living areas.  Your house may fulfill all the criteria for potential buyers want for location, price, style and amenities, but it still needs to make an emotional connection.  Inspire buyers by creating scenarios where they can picture themselves.  To do so, create a neutral slate by using subtle colors in your entry way, living room, family room and dining room.  Eliminate excess personal memorabilia and clutter, and engage all of the senses with soft music, fresh flowers and bright lighting.

Third, highlight the kitchen and the bathrooms.  Two key areas that buyers focus on are the kitchen and the bathrooms.  A clean kitchen always sends a positive message.  And a beautiful bathroom is compelling.  Many buyers prefer to purchase a home classified as "Move in condition" so make sure you repair leaky faucets, remove rust stains and fix sticky drawers.  Simple repairs now can mean the difference between potential buyers moving on or making an offer.

Fourth, focus on the bedrooms, the basement, garage and back yard.  Again, remove excess clutter, clean debris and tidy the area up.  A clean house sends a positive message that you have maintained major items such as the roof and the furnace.  If you cannot get something clean, paint it, remove it or replace it.

By making potential home buyers feel welcome and comfortable, you can subtly influence their attitude toward your house...turning it from a house for sale into a HOUSE SOLD.

The Patterson Team can give you up to date information about the market; prices, financing, terms and conditions of competing properties.  We will market your property to other real estate agents and to the public using the best available industry marketing tools in the business. These are tried and true strategies and are not available with every real estate company.  We will know when, where and how to best market your property because of our expertise, knowledge and vast resources.  We can help you objectively, every step of the way.