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Gettin' Real: A Real Estate Blog

Many people say they don't really feel like an adult until they buy their first home. It is a huge step. Rather than letting a landlord make all important repairs, you take on this responsibility yourself. You also get to build equity in the home over time, which can be a rather smart investment. At the same time, buying your first home can be a little intimidating. You may have questions about applying for a mortgage, setting a budget, and shopping efficiently. We hope to answer those questions with our helpful content. Your real estate agent is a good source of information, and so is this blog.


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Insight To Help You Sell Your Home This Spring

Have you recently thought, "I need to sell my house?" If the time has come that you need to sell your home, to do that most successfully you should prepare it to improve its chances of a good sale price. As you work with your realtor, they can provide you advice, knowledge, and recommendations to get your home ready to sell at the highest possible sales price. Here are some tips to help you prepare your home:

Start Packing

One of the first things you can start doing is packing up some items inside your home that you don't use regularly. These items are creating excess clutter in your home, which can make it difficult for a buyer to see your home for what it offers. You don't want them only seeing your extra sports equipment and out-of-season clothing. Pack up and place these items in a storage unit or a friend's house until the home sells. You will need to eventually pack up and move out of the home anyway, so this provides you a head start at the same time.

Clean and Update

Preparing your home for a sale is a good time to make your home look great. Your real estate agent can give you some recommendations for making your home look more attractive, and it usually includes cleaning and making some small updates to the interior. 

Once you have removed clutter and unused items, you will be able to clean your home's interior more easily. If your carpet is dirty, hire a carpet cleaning service to professionally clean out dirt, spots, and odors that may be lingering inside your home. Clean the bathroom thoroughly including the tub or shower and consider replacing some of the fixtures to give it an updated look. For example, install a new sink faucet to replace the aging one you have had in the home for a decade and also look at installing new light fixtures. 

Research a Market Price

When you are ready to put your home on the market, it is a good idea to list it at the right price from the start instead of listing it for too high of a price and then lowering it the next week. You will attract more attention when you first list your home, and marketing it at the right price will help ensure a quick and fair offer to sell your home.

Consider selling your home in the spring. It's a good time of year to sell because spring is a popular time for buyers to move. So with spring coming up, talk to your real estate agent about calculating a good list price. Their experience and market knowledge will help you do so and they can look up comparative sales in your area to find out data that supports your home's listed value.