7 Ways To Improve Your Home’s Sell-ability

In this economy, houses aren’t selling like they used to. However, there are some ways to improve the chances of selling your house. If you have a house on the market, or are considering it, read on for seven tips that will make it easier to sell your house and make a smooth transition from one owner to the next.

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  1. Maintain Neutrality
    This policy has worked for Switzerland, and it can also work in real estate. Customizing your home is great if you plan to stay there, but extreme colors and themed rooms can scare off potential homebuyers. If you have customized every room with extremely bright or dark colored paint, wallpaper or wall fixtures, you may want to consider toning it down a bit. Using neutral colors on the walls can help prospective buyers create their own vision for the house, and will also leave them with less work to undo if they buy the house.
  2. Less Is More
    Even though you have not moved out yet, removing some of your furniture can help the house move off the market. If you take pictures for your listing, having less furniture can help the home appear more spacious. When potential homebuyers arrive, having less furniture can also provide clear walkways.
  3. That New House Smell
    Honestly, the new house smell isn’t always the most pleasant, but at least it is new. In preparing to show your home, you should avoid strong smells. To avoid odors, make sure to take out the trash and clean the refrigerator regularly. It is also good to be mindful of what you cook in the days leading up to a showing since certain foods have strong scents. If you have pets, keep an eye on the litter box. Any smell that is too strong could send potential homebuyers running out the door.
  4. Pay Attention to the Details
    It is not a good idea to make major renovations when you are ready to sell your home because you may not recoup your. If you never got around to starting or completing that total kitchen or bathroom makeover, then you can make some small, inexpensive changes to spruce things up. Replacing the hardware on cabinets is a quick way to improve the appearance of older looking fixtures. Upgrading small items such as light switch and outlet covers can also add a nice touch.
  5. Maximize Your “Curb Appeal”
    The front of your home is the first thing prospective home-buyers will see, so keeping it presentable is a must. If there is a yard, keep the grass to a reasonable height and if there are trees, be sure to keep the branches under control. The path to your front door should be a clear and welcoming one, not an obstacle course!
  6. Don’t Get Too Personal
    Upon entering your house, everyone will know it is lived in, but they do not need to see all the evidence. Get rid of excess clutter such as newspapers, magazines, and mail. Be sure to put away your laundry and shoes. It may also be a good idea to put away some other personal belongings like pictures on the refrigerator or mantle. For you, the pictures may make a house a home or display your personal touch. For the new homeowner, it may appear too personal.
  7. Take Care of Repairs
    Waiting to make repairs until after you find a buyer can be tricky. Depending on the nature of the repairs, you may not be able to find a buyer. Depending on how fast the buyer wants to close on the house, you may not have enough time to make the repairs. Save yourself some time and potential trouble, by making repairs before you list your home. The repairs will have to be made anyway, so it is better to get them out of the way sooner rather than later.
–Courtesy of Investopedia.
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Tips on Handling Water Damage and Repair

With Hurricane Sandy ripping out the east side of our nation earlier this week, homes in New Jersey and New York are left in complete turmoil. Although Colorado is several states away from the storm, it is still handy to know how to handle water damage, especially with the colder and wetter months approaching us. Here are some tips on how to handle water damage and repair:

Act Quickly
The quicker you address the problem, the faster the problem can be solved. Many things can be salvaged if action is taken within the first 48 hours. Water damage spreads quickly, and so it is necessary to dry things out as fast as possible.

Assess the Damage
Locate the source of the flooding. If it was a leaky pipe, be sure to turn the water off at the valve right away. Resist the urge to turn on the lights in a flooded room, and to be extra safe turn off the power at the breaker to avoid the risk of shock. Check walls, baseboards, floor tile and other areas for water and try to mop up as much as you can.

Take Pictures
You will want to take photographic evidence of the damage for your insurance company claim. This helps by giving you a photo inventory of items that were damaged or destroyed.

Remove Wet Furniture or Furnishings
Move wet furnishings to a place where they can dry, preferably outside. Couch and chair cushions should be placed upright to allow the water to drain out the bottom.

Water Damage Services
If it was a larger source of water such as a hurricane or other natural disaster, you may need to arrange for water damage services from a restoration company that specializes in water damage repairs. Mold and mildew set in quickly in damp areas and can be detrimental to your health if not taken care of right away.

–Courtesy of Real Estate Global Network.