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How to prepare to sell your home

You have to be ready in a competitive market.
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WASHINGTON, D.C., USA — Buyers know whether they want to buy a home within the first 8 seconds they walk in the door. This puts an enormous amount of pressure on sellers, but our Real Estate Top Performers have tips to sell easily and at a profit.

De-clutter and de-personalize. You want your home to be inviting to prospective homeowners, but you don't want them to feel like they're invading your space during open houses and tours. When you decide to put your house on the market, put framed photos and personal items in boxes. Clear off kitchen and bathroom spaces so buyers can admire wide, clean counters. 

Consult your realtor before major renovations. They'll try to save you money by not having you spend on something the buyer will most likely alter anyway. If you do feel changes are in order to make your house more competitive, the kitchen and bathroom are where renovations are the most effective. Replacing cabinet knobs and faucet fixtures is an inexpensive way to update the look. A fresh coat of paint works wonders as well. 

Look out for lender programs. Many mortgage lenders offer deals to protect sellers. The Mortgage Link has the Lender Advantage Program in which they work with listing agents to save sellers money. This can help provide credit that will financially cover you when putting your home on the market.

This article is sponsored by The Real Estate Top Performers.

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