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Making Your House Stand Out in a Tough Market

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Make your house stand out in a buyer’s market. Learn what’s needed to sell your house fast.

Curb appeal, How to Sell a House, Home staging, House staging, Home selling tips

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Making Your House Stand Out in a Tough Market

As the real estate industry continues its downward trend, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to sell your
home. Prices have dropped, there are more listings than ever to choose from and sellers are giving incredible
deals to buyers. Here are a few tips to make your home stand out.

Curb Appeal

Curb appeal is the first way to draw attention to your home. Since it is the first thing that anyone sees, you
want the “WOW” factor. I know people that have bought houses just because of the spectacular
landscaping. I also know people who have not even bothered looking inside of a house because of the
condition of the exterior. Make sure the exterior of the house is in tip-top shape so the potential buyer
immediately wants to see the inside.

The following is your list of items to maintain curb appeal:

•Cut grass

•Trim all hedges and bushes

•Add mulch to beds

•Have flowering plants or potted flowers on the porch

•Keep toys out of sight and place in the backyard or in a shed
•Clean all cluttering debris such as sticks, garbage, old newspapers, etc.

•Replace all the light bulbs surrounding the house
You want the inside of your house to wow potential buyers just as much as the outside.

The following checklist gives ultimate interior appeal. Make sure all items are completed before the first
showing of your house is scheduled.

•Clean! Every floor, window, closet and cupboard!

•Remove excess clutter, toys, paperwork and knick-knacks. Clutter makes counter tops and rooms appear
smaller than they really are.

•Paint the walls in dirty rooms or where a room needs brightening. Bright rooms give the appearance that
they are more spacious.

•Make repairs to anything needed – hinges, doorknobs, plaster, steps, plumbing, etc.

•Replace all burned out light bulbs.

•Wash all window coverings. Open all of the curtains and blinds before a showing. Natural light makes a
room appear bigger.

•Open the doors and windows before a showing to fill the home with fresh air.

When the inside and outside are clean and neat, you may need to provide a bigger incentive to your potential
buyers. If the house has repairs that you didn’t have the time or cash to fix, you can offer credit towards the
purchase price. That way, you acknowledge the repairs and give the buyer a discount for accepting the
home as is.

Another option is to offer an allotment if your house needs new carpeting or flooring. Buyers like
allotments because they get the item new, plus they get to pick out their colors. A win-win situation for

The time spent cleaning, making minor repairs, and providing incentives for major repairs, will make your
home stand out above the competition. Although these little fixes may require some time and effort, selling
quickly in a tough market will be worth the effort in the end!

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