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  • CENTURY 21 Sexton & Donohue
    Tuesday, April 01, 2014 1:17:00 PM

    Whether you are thinking about selling your home, or simply want to improve the value of your investment, there are a number of small steps you can take to boost your home’s value, either for the current market, or for the future.

    1.  Keep it clean and organized. While it can be difficult to keep your home perfectly clean, it is important to make an effort, especially in areas like the basement and other storage areas, which seem to collect clutter. Keeping your home clutter free will not only make it more sellable, but also decrease the places where spiders and other bugs can hide away.
    2. Improve your lawn. If you have a lawn, it should be full and green, not patchy. If it needs some improvements, most home improvement stores sell grass seed specially bred to fill in patchy lawns.
    3. Add another layer of insulation. Whether you live in a very warm or very cold region of the country, your house could probably stand for another layer of insulation, to keep the air conditioning or heating in and the outside temperatures out.
    4.  New appliances. Nothing dates a home like old appliances. Updating your appliances can not only make your kitchen a selling point, it will also make it your entire house more attractive and appear newer.
    5. New fixtures. Again, nothing says "This Old House,” like bathroom fixtures from the 1950s. Putting in some new fixtures can update the entire bathroom’s look.
    6. Add a fence. Even if you love your neighbors, a fence is a major selling point for most buyers, especially if they have pets. This in a fairly inexpensive way to up your home’s value.
    7.  Clean the gutters. Not only do clogged rain gutters fail to do what they were designed to do, they can actually cause damage to your home, but overflowing and holding water on the roof of your house.
    8. Add outdoor lighting. The more lights there are outside, the more secure your home appears, and the less your buyers will have to do when they move in.
    9. Update storage areas. While you may think that your current storage spaces are sufficient, a future buyer may want to see updates to your storage regimen. Closet organizers are especially popular.
    10. Finish that basement. If you have a basement, finishing it can add an additional room to your house, and is often an attractive selling point with buyers. Plus, it will give your family more space to relax.

  • CENTURY 21 Sexton & Donohue
    Thursday, March 13, 2014 8:01:00 PM

    If you have never sold a home before, you are probably not prepared for what is going to happen once you agree to put the house on the market. If you are using a listing agent (or agents), the steps are actually fairly standard and predictable.

    Getting started. After you’ve signed your listing agreement, your home will be placed on what is called the Multiple Listing Service. Almost every locality has this service, which simply alerts real estate agents in the area of your home’s availability. The listing agent will then put a "For Sale” sign in your yard, and a key lockbox on the house itself. This box will have an extra set of keys locked inside, which will allow agents to show the house even if you or your listing agent are not available to do so. Some buyers are uncomfortable with this aspect of the selling process, but it is important to remember that agents need to be able to show your home when it is most convenient for their buyers. If the agents have to get in touch with your agent, who then has to get in touch with you, to schedule an appointment, it is more likely the buyers will just walk away.

    Open houses. Your listing agent has probably discussed the possibility of open houses with you, and may have even taken a walkthrough of the house, to recommend where clutter and personal items should be stashed. Before you list the house, it should be open house ready, meaning that it should not be empty, but it should look like a blank slate, one that buyers can imagine putting their personal touch on. In general, most buyers prefer if the sellers are not present during the open house, as they like to poke around the entire house, without feeling as though they are intruding.

    Keeping the house ready-to-sell. Most houses sell within ninety days of being on the market. Your agent will help you negotiate any offers that you receive. In the meantime, however, your agent will generally request that you keep the house ready-to-show at all times. This can be especially stressful if you have a dog or children, as they are notorious for messing up an otherwise clean house. Though this may be a draining task, remember that it is a vital one, if you want your house to sell. Despite the fact that most people do not keep their own house is perfect shape, remember that they should see yours as a blank slate for their lives.

    Keep in mind that some houses do not sell in the first nine weeks. At this point, you should discuss with your listing agent if there is a better way to approach the selling process. Now that you know the steps, you can be better prepared for the road ahead. Though it is stressful, it is also worth it!

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