Real Estate Tip: Selling Your Home

by Matt Solis

A common misconception of home sellers is that in order to sell as quickly as possible, they need to invest a lot of money in remodeling. However, spending money on renovations can be a precarious financial gamble, as remodeling is by no means guaranteed to increase a home’s value. To increase the appeal of your home while still being cost-effective, start by doing a thorough cleaning. When potential buyers enter a home, the last thing they want is to smell pet odors or see disheveled rooms.


Depersonalize and de-clutter your home to make it more attractive to potential homebuyers. Photo: Avi Urban Residential & Investment Real Estate (2013)

To that end, it’s also important to de-clutter your home by removing excess furnishings and accentuating the space by condensing and rearranging the remaining furniture. When people are looking to buy a home, they want to envision what it would be like if they lived there, so if your house is too cluttered with furniture and personal belongings, it can inhibit their ability to see the house’s potential.

In addition to cleaning and de-cluttering, you can also depersonalize your home to attract potential buyers. Try to look at your house objectively rather than sentimentally—you want buyers to see themselves living in your home, and that can be difficult when they walk through and notice pictures of your friends and family everywhere. You can take all those memories with you, but while your house is for sale, it needs to be attractive to a broad range of people.

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