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Understanding Real Estate Issues About a year ago, I began thinking about unloading my existing property and getting a new house. Unfortunately, I wasn't really sure where to start, so I turned to a friend of mine who specialized in real estate. They walked me through the entire process of selling a house and investing in a new one, and I was really impressed with how much of a difference they made in my process. I began working hard to get things taken care of, and within a few months I was able to completely transform my finances with the sale of my home.

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Readying Your Home Before Listing It: 5 Tips

It's exciting to list your home for sale in hopes that someone will want to buy it immediately. But listing it too quickly can be a big mistake if you aren't careful. You should prepare your home prior to listing it, so it is in top shape. See below for tips on how to ready your home prior to listing it.

1. Get It Clean

Clean everything in your home until it is nearly spotless. A potential buyer isn't going to want to see cobwebs and dust on your walls, or footprints on your floors. This can be a big turnoff for someone looking for a new home. Removing odors from your home is also important. You may love your pet, but a potential buyer may not be so loving of your fluffy pal's odors. Clean up your house as best as you can to make your home more appealing to others.

2. Organize and Remove Belongings

Organize your belongings and remove excess inside your home. Make your home look as put-together as possible, but if you have a lot inside, it can look cluttered, which can be a turnoff to a potential buyer. Put your belongings away, then take out the excess and remove it completely from your home. 

3. Repair Anything Broken

A potential buyer is going to check faucets, flush toilets, and turn on light switches around your home, so if any of these aren't working properly, it could send a potential buyer packing. Repair these and anything else around your house that is broken or not running as it should. Even if a potential buyer isn't checking these things, they could send in an inspector, who will find these things. 

4. Spruce It Up with Paint

Spruce up your home with a fresh coat of paint on your walls. Fresh paint can go a long way in updating your home, and it can also make your home more appealing to use more neutral colors. If your home has bright or bold colors, it could be a turnoff. Use neutral colors in a lighter tone instead. The lighter colors can make rooms appear larger, while the neutral colors allows a potential buyer to envision themselves living there.

5. Add Landscaping

Add landscaping around the exterior of your home to give it more curb appeal. If you have a bland yard, it isn't necessarily a bad thing, but adding flowers, greenery, and a tree or two can make your yard stand out. If you have too much going on in your yard, take some landscaping away. Remove excess around your yard, and trim trees and bushes as well.

Prepare your home before you list it to help your home sell faster. Don't just list it as is and think you will get top dollar for your home — you need to put in some work to your home first. Talk to your real estate agent about other things you can do to ready your home. They can answer any questions you may have about residential listings.

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