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Top Ten List To Get Your Home Sold

1. First Impressions Last.
Buyers want to inspect your house and neighborhood for the things that are important to them. Buyers always over estimate the cost of painting and repairs. It is always preferable that you prepare your home to look its best resulting in a faster sale at a higher price.Leave your house and trust your professional Realtor to show and sell it for you.

2. The Front View Greets the Buyer.
Make sure it is inviting. Keep your lawn well manicured and your gutters cleaned. Power washing the house, sidewalks, decks and driveways will greatly improve curb appeal. A new coat of paint on the front door and porch rails will give your entrance a fresh look!

3. Dust & Dirt Reduce Appeal.
Inspect for cobwebs in the corners, dusty ceiling fans, dirty baseboards and carpets. A small investment in time and good cleaning will make your home look its best and give the greatest return.

4. Make Rooms Look Larger.
Remove excess furniture, pictures and posters. Neat, orderly rooms and closets will make rooms look larger!

5. Soft Music and Sweet Aromas are Inviting.
Have the intercom or stereo tuned to a station of soft background music. Scented candles and potpourri give the home a pleasant aroma.

6. Kitchens and Bathrooms Sell Homes.
Check and repair caulking around tubs, showers, sinks and countertops. Remove as much from countertops as possible and place remainder neatly on a tray or in a basket. Make these rooms sparkling clean.

7. Display the Full Value of Your Storage Space.
Remove all unnecessary articles from your closets. Perhaps now is the time to start packing for your move. Neatly stacked boxes look much better than cluttered shelves and floors.

8. Pay Attention to Details.
Loose knobs, sticking doors, dirty air return filters, ovens, and tile grout, loose wallpaper seams and other minor flaws detract from your home's value.

9. Let the Sun Shine In!.
Open blinds, shades, and curtains to show how cheerful your home is. Turn on every light in the house. Make sure light fixtures are clean. When possible, wash windows and remove screens -- this can increase light by 50%!

10. Pets Underfoot?
Many buyers are very pet sensitive. Keeping them out of the way-preferably out of the house is best. Pay special attention to pet odors. Removing of pets, beds, bowls and toys will reduce pet odor and buyer rejection.

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Make Your Home Irresistible: 10 Open House Tips

1. Add a touch of color. Use fresh or silk flowers to breathe life and color into the main rooms. A colored afghan or throw on the couch will jazz up a dull room.

2. Make the bathrooms feel luxurious. Put away those old towels and toothbrushes. When buyers enter your bathroom, they should feel pampered. Add a new shower curtain, fresh towels, and fancy guest soaps.

3. Does it smell good? Set out potpourri or fresh baked goods for a homey smell. Make sure that there are no lingering scents from cigarettes or pets.

4. Help them envision living there. Set the table with pretty dishes and candles, and create other vignettes throughout the home to help buyers picture themselves there. For example, in the basement lay out a chess game.

5. Beautify the entrance. Buy a fresh doormat with a pretty pattern or a clever saying.

6. Make the rooms feel bigger. Take one or two major pieces of furniture out of every room to create a sense of spaciousness.

7. Accentuate counter space. Put away kitchen appliances and personal bathroom items to give the illusion of more counter space.

8. Lay logs in the fireplace. Or put a basket of flowers there if it’s not in use.

9. Depersonalize the rooms. Put away family photos, mementos, and distinctive artwork.

10. The lawn should sparkle. Turn on the sprinklers for 30 minutes to make the lawn sparkle.

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10 Common Mistakes Sellers Make

1. Over pricing their home

2. Not allowing their home to be shown.

3. Not keeping their home clean and in good showing condition.

4. Not leaving their home during a showing.

5. Talking to the buyer or buyer’s agent and giving wrong information or wrong impressions.

6. Panic selling, I’ve got to sell my home now!

7. Not seeing their home through buyer’s eyes. “My home is the best in the area” syndrome.

8. Believing an Open House will sell their home.

9. Demanding their Realtor change how they market their home instead of relying on the Realtor’s experience and expertise.

10. Choosing the wrong Realtor.

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Homeowner Tips

12 Tips for Hiring a Remodeling Contractor
  1. Get at least three written estimates.

  2. Get references and call to check on the work. If possible, go by and visit earlier jobs.

  3. Check with the local Chamber of Commerce or Better Business Bureau for complaints.

  4. Be sure that the contract states exactly what is to be done and how change orders will be handled.

  5. Make as small a downpayment as possible so you won’t lose a lot if the contractor fails to complete the job.

  6. Be sure that the contractor has the necessary permits, licenses, and insurance.

  7. Be sure that the contract states when the work will be completed and what recourse you have if it isn’t. Also remember that in many instances you can cancel a contract within three business days of signing it.

  8. Ask if the contractor’s workers will do the entire job or whether subcontractors will do parts.

  9. Get the contractor to indemnify you if work does not meet any local building codes or regulations.

  10. Be sure that the contract specifies the contractor will clean up after the job and be responsible for any damage.

  11. Guarantee that materials used meet your specifications.

  12. Don’t make the final payment until you’re satisfied with the work.

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