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20 Steps to Sell Your Home

As a homeowner, you can play an important part in the timely sale of your property. With guidance from your RE/MAX Sales Associate, here are some simple steps to facilitate selling your home faster and at the best possible price.

  1. Make the Most of First Impressions

A well-manicured yard, neatly trimmed shrubs, and a clutter-free patio welcome prospects. So does a freshly painted front door. Work with your landscaper to blow away all leaves and be sure to freshen up the paint on yard walls. The fewer obstacles between prospects and the true appeal of your home, the better.

2. Invest a Few Hours for Future Dividends

Here is your chance to clean up in real estate. Clean up in the living room, the bathroom, the kitchen. If your woodwork is scuffed or the paint is fading, consider some minor redecoration. A paint refresh adds value to your property. Prospects would rather see how great your home really looks than hear how great it could look, “with a little work.”

3. Check Faucets and Bulbs

Dripping water rattles the nerves, discolors sinks, and suggests faulty or worn-out plumbing. Burned-out bulbs leave prospects in the dark. Don’t let little problems detract from what’s right with your home.

4. Don’t Shut Out a Sale

If cabinets or closet doors stick in your home, you can be sure they will also stick in a prospect’s mind. Don’t try to explain away sticky situations when you can easily plane them away. A little effort on your part can smooth the way toward a closing.

5. Think Safety

Homeowners learn to live with all kinds of self-set booby traps; roller skates on the stairs, festooned extension cords, slippery throw rugs, and low hanging overhead lights. Make your residence as non-perilous as possible for uninitiated visitors.

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Tips: So Your Little Bird Has Left the Nest, Now What?

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Renovate your home to fit your empty nester vibe

As the seasons change, so do our lives. Our home life goes through many transformations both emotionally and physically from aging children to home improvements. One thing is for sure: time never stops. Your children will eventually fly the coup.

For those that have older children, you know the term “empty nester.” But for those going through this transformation for the first time, here are some tips on how to fill your time and new space:

Declutter and Reorganize

Years of collecting various supplies and gear can crowd a lot of space. It’s time to free up the excess. You can do this by reorganizing your files and rooms. Consider the items you still need, stuff you must keep, and things you can sell or donate. Once you get rid of the objects you no longer need, you can make room for your home’s new potential.

Tackle That Renovation

When you have kids, there never seems to be enough time to start and finish a renovation. Now you have the opportunity to tackle anything you have been delaying. The best rooms to spend renovation money on are kitchens and bathrooms.

Reclaim the Backyard

Now that your backyard no longer needs to function as a playground, you can transform it into your outdoor haven. Add an outdoor kitchen, install an extra-large swing, put up a projector screen for nighttime movies, fill up space by adding a fire pit. Redesign your landscaping to fit your new style.

Rethink Empty Bedrooms

Now that you have some extra rooms in your home, think about how you want to transform your space. You can create guest bedrooms, a home gym, a new office, a hobby room, or even a movie theater.

Update Larger Spaces

Large spaces were great for families when it comes to playtime and fun activities. Now that there may only be one or two of you in the home, you may want to consider adding unique features to fill up the space. Add a coffee bar or wine cabinet. Trade larger couches for intimate love seats and recliners.

If you are stumped for ideas, hire a professional organizer or designer. We recommend Caitlyn Estes with Project Genesis