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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Discover the 3 Best Things to do to Sell Your Home for the Highest Price

I want to tell you about the three best and most cost-effective strategies to follow in order to get the highest price on your home. Let’s get right to it!

The three best strategies are staging, paint and carpet, and curb appeal. Below, I explain these strategies and the benefits of each.


If you’re not familiar with the concept of “staging,” it’s simply a method of showing off your home to its best advantage by re-arranging furniture, paintings, etc.

Now, sometimes, people get the mistaken idea that staging involves taking out all your furniture and replacing it with temporary new items.

That’s not what we do at all!

We simply look at methods of making the best possible impression by placing furniture, etc. in the most pleasant and welcoming arrangement possible. Plus, we may add some temporary furniture or paintings to heighten the sense of a warm and comfortable home.

If it helps, think of a home stager as a person who’s similar to a set designer for movies – they use their expertise to achieve the effect they desire.

We do the same! Believe me, home staging will give you one of the highest returns on investment in terms of achieving more dollars on the final sale!

Paint and Carpet

Paint and especially carpets can have a huge positive or negative impact on potential buyers.

Believe me, you can have a beautiful, beautiful home, but if buyers see a ragged, threadbare or dirty carpet, it may end up being a deal killer!

The same is true of paint! These two items have a huge impact on the all-important first impression.

So, you want visitors to focus on the house as whole, not on paint and carpet. And, remember, when you repaint and clean or replace the carpet, you’ll get $2 to $3 back for every dollar you spend!

In terms of paint, definitely do not go for the cheap stuff! Choose a high--quality paint. It simply looks better and emphasizes the quality of care you’ve put into your home. You can bet buyers will notice that!

In terms of carpet, you have two choices, depending on the state of that carpet. If it’s simply dirty, have it professionally cleaned so it looks like new.

If it’s threadbare or worn or has an out-of-fashion color, replace it. I know this may seem like an expensive improvement, but it can actually add several thousand dollars to the sale price and end up being a great return on investment!

Curb Appeal!

The term “curb appeal” refers to the first impression potential buyers receive when they first see your home. As we all know, first impressions are everything, especially with such a large investment as a house!

So, it’s in your best interest to make your home as attractive as possible outside as well as in. Great curb appeal can complete the sale and increase your final profit as well!

And here’s more good news – you don’t need to spend a lot of money to get fantastic curb appeal. Depending on the structure of your house and type of lawn, use one or more of the following methods:

Manicure That Lawn!

A mowed and edged lawn really enhances the curb appeal of your home and shows potential buyers that you take good care of your place. Sometimes, you can really emphasize the beauty of your home by adding colorful flowers, bushes, etc.

Wash the Walls (Siding, etc.)!

If you live in an area where there’s lot of dust, using your own hose or renting power washing equipment can make a home look brand new! And you do it all at no cost or very little cost!


If you have a house that requires painting, then you’re in luck – repainting is one of the most cost-effective ways of improving appearance and adding value to a house! You’ll get back $2-3 for every dollar you spend!

Whether you do the job yourself or hire a service, make sure a high-quality paint is used for the brushes and/or sprayer. It makes a great first impression. Of course, choose colors that are appropriate for the house and the area.

So, there you have it – three great ways to increase the final sale price of your home!

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