Steps You Can Take To Boost Your Home’s Value

March 7, 2012

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Steps You Can Take To Boost Your Home's Value

At the peak of the housing bubble, houses flew on and off the market with the greatest of ease. Credit was plentiful, and the rise in home prices seemed like it would last forever. Unfortunately, if you’re now looking to sell your home, this is no longer the case. But there are steps sellers can take to improve their chances. A prime advantage many sellers can gain is purely aesthetic, according to Brad Knapp, regional vice president for the National Association of realtors for Ohio and Michigan. “Sellers need to make their home stand out. The first thing is outside maintenance,” Knapp says. “Make sure the house is cleared of winter clutter, that windows are washed, that the front door is painted or clean. You have to give the house good curb appeal.” One of the largest stumbling blocks to selling a home remains price. It’s still a buyers’ market, and sellers are often disappointed with the offers they receive. Sellers’ expectations need to be lowered and they must be ready to accept less than what they’re asking. Ideally, if a home is priced to sell, a flood of offers should come in the first two weeks. [Read this article]

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