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PREPARING YOUR HOME FOR SALE MONTH-BY-MONTH

By:  Judith Bundschuh, chairman, Austin Board of REALTORS

Once you decide to sell your home, you suddenly start noticing all the “little things that need “fixing”  However, before making your to-do list, consider when you’ll sell to determine what changes you should make.

IF YOU’RE SELLING IN TWO TO SIX MONTHS

With little time, big upgrades aren’t an option.  Instead, focus on doing a deep clean, eliminating clutter, painting and rearranging furniture to improve your home’s flow.  Also, make minor repairs, such as tightening loose handles or changing light bulbs.  These easy changes keep buyers’ attention on the positive attributes of your property.

IF YOU’RE SELLING IS SIX TO 12 MONTHS

With a little more time, you can also add more curb appeal to your home, starting your lawn.  Depending on its current state, sprucing up your yard can take almost a year, so create a plan and start now.  Once inside, a buyer expects everything to operate safely and properly, so fix all those broken doors, leaky faucets and busted appliances before listing your home.  If you don’t, not only will your valuation suffer, it can make buyers question how you cared for the property and possibly turn them off entirely.

IF YOU’RE SELLING IN MORE THAN A YEAR

With the luxury of time, you’re free to consider bigger projects to add maximum value to your property such as updating the bath and kitchen.  Century 21 Sunset, Realtors agents  can offer advice on how a specific remodeling project can impact your home’s resale value.  However, be sure the projects are complete before putting your home on the market so prospective buyers don’t walk into a construction site.

You should also consider a pre-sale home inspection that will alert you about trouble areas, allowing maximum time to make repairs.

Whether you’ve got 12 months or 12 days to sell your home, remember one thing: your goal is to earn top dollar for your property.  Do what you can with the time that you have and seek out great advice from any of our agents.

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April 23, 2011 - Posted by | Fredericksburg TX

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