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Preparing to Sell

Selling your home doesn′t just mean hiring a realtor to stick a sign out front. There are a lot of preparations you should make to ensure you get the best offer possible in the shortest time.

Repair. Our Realtors at Carol Cole Real Estate, LLC are ready to provide you with guidance on what needs to be done to prepare your home for sale. For example, if you have hardwood floors that need refinishing, if possible, try to get it done—hardwood is a huge selling point. Also try to fix any items that may need repair. Finally, don’t forget to address any issues with the exterior—fences, shingles, sidewalks, etc. After all, curb appeal is very important.

Neutralize. You want buyers to see themselves in your home. If your living room has lime green shag, wood-paneled walls, and all your collectibles and personal photographs, this will be much harder for them to do. Try replacing any bold color choices in your floors and walls with something more neutral—beiges, tans, greys and whites. Repainting and reflooring will make everything look fresh and new, and help prospective buyers imagine all the possibilities.

Stage. Home stagers can add small details and décor touches that will bring out the possibilities in the various spaces in your home: lamps, mirrors, throw rugs and pillows, flowers, decorative soaps and towels, patio furniture. Home staging can be particularly useful if your home is especially old or if the exterior looks dated. Think of it as a little mascara and rouge—if it’s done right, you notice the beauty, not the makeup.

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