5 Great Tips to get your home ready for sale

If you are in the market to sell your home – now is a good time.

century 21 m&m houses for saleTake a look at what the experts are saying:

“Mortgage rates settled down this week at levels well below historic norms after surging during the last week of January.” Inman News – Read more…

“Foreclosures declined nationally in December, new data show, extending a critical component of the recent housing recovery into the new year.” L.A. Times – Read more…

“That is the tenth consecutive month that home prices have risen on a year-over-year basis and it is the biggest gain in more than six years, according to a new report from CoreLogic.” NBC News – Read more…

“Each month, Trulia’s Housing Barometer charts how quickly the housing market is moving back to “normal.” Huffington Post – Read more…

“Respondents also indicated they expect home prices to rise 3.1 percent in 2013, up from an expectation of 2.4 percent in September, and by more than 3 percent annually through 2017.” Zillowblog – Read more…

The news is good and getting better for people thinking about selling their homes, so if you are getting ready to move… here are a few tips for getting your home ready to list:

  1. Starting with curb appeal, give your home the 20 second test. Look at your home like a prospective buyer , starting the front door, now might be a good idea to either paint or refinish it. Power wash the homes exterior and re-paint the trim.
  2. Painting the inside of your home accomplishes two things, #1 – your home will smell like it is well cared for, and #2 – new paint will freshen up your interiors. This doesn’t mean you should paint everything white, in fact, now is a good time to add some color. Go to your local hardware store and check out the new hip colors and go from there.
  3. De-clutter and clean your home top to bottom, especially the windows. One thing that sells a home is ‘lots of light’. Take down (or minimize) the window coverings to let the light in.
  4. Swap out your old dated light fixtures (and shades) with something new and modern, this will update a room immediately.
  5. Don’t forget the garage… paint the floors and walls, de-clutter and repair.

Skip the new addition, swimming pool and/or spa, you will never get your money back. And, if you have converted one of the bedrooms into a home office or den, switch it back, stage it… do whatever you have to do to turn it back into a bedroom.

If you are planning on selling your home in Northern California, call a Century 21 M&M Realtor at 1-800-696-5305 today for a free consultation. With a different set of eyes, especially the eyes of a Realtor in the business of helping people buy and sell homes, you can get a list of things that need to be done to help you sell your home quickly, for more money. Happy Selling!


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