Real Estate

How do I prepare my Tampa Bay home for sale in 2017?

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Have you made the decision it’s time to sell the house?  How can you prepare your home to sell quickly and for the most money?

De-clutter your home.  Consider renting a storage facility or borrowing your friend’s garage while your home is listed for sale.  You will want to remove any personal items and excess knick-knacks that can make the home appear smaller than it actually is.  Closet floors should be clear, shelves should not be packed, cabinets and pantries should have some room on the shelves.

Clean the house thoroughly and when you’re done clean it some more.  Look at your home objectively as if you were a prospective buyer, they are going to notice all of those little things you don’t.

Repair the little things.  Simple things such as torn screens, missing door stoppers and tiny holes in the walls from pictures can give the home an appearance of not being well maintained.

Refresh the paint if it’s been a while since you’ve painted.  Repaint any bold colors a soft neutral color which will give a better first impression of the house and will appeal to a broader range of buyers.

Consult a staging expert.  Staging is a crucial step in selling your home.  It allows you to engage buyers by highlighting the best aspects of your house and allows them to envision living in the setting you create.  Staging is more than removing clutter and cleaning and involves rearranging or removing furniture, adding accents and optimizing the flow of the house.

Kelly Harden, Realtor®, GRI

Mihara & Associates, Inc.



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