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After finally saving up enough money to use as a down payment, I decided that it was time to hit the market. I met with a lender, got pre-approved for a loan, and then started visiting different properties. However, I quickly realized that I didn't know as much about real estate as I would have hoped. I wanted to find a great neighborhood and know what to ask the professionals, but I could tell that I needed a little help. To point me in the right direction, I started working with a great real estate agent who was familiar with the area. This blog is all about educating the general public on real estate matters.


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Tips To Help You Prepare Your Home For A Sale

by Nathan Olson

Spring is in the air and with it comes a great time for homebuyers to start looking for a new home to buy. And when you are ready to sell your home, you should jump on the chance to take advantage of the great market and low mortgage rates. Use the following recommendations to help you sell your home for the best price and get the most out of your investment.

Update Your Landscaping

One of the first things a buyer is going to set their eyes upon is your landscaping, but it can be easy to overlook this part of your home and property. This may not be because you are focused on cleaning and updating the interior but because you are accustomed to the look of your landscaping and may not consider what type of appearance it gives off to others. The best way to get a good opinion on your front yard landscaping is to ask your real estate agent or someone else who is not partial to your yard and does not see it frequently. 

When you see the outside of your home every day it can be easy to overlook the weeds growing up or the edging that has become crooked and protruding from the ground. But with a fresh perspective on it, you can make the improvements your yard needs to shine for buyers to see. Add in some landscaping flowers, make sure your lawn is edged cleanly and not growing onto the sidewalk, and add in some mulch to the soil around your flowers and other shrubberies. 

Improve the Interior 

After you have taken care of the outside of your house, you will need to turn your focus on the inside of your home to make sure it is ship-shape. This means the interior needs to look tidy, organized, clean, and uncluttered. If your home is cluttered and full of too much stuff, it is going to be off-putting to a buyer for several reasons. With a lot of clutter, it is hard for a buyer to imagine their things and themselves in the home, especially when there are family photos and personalized items around the house. And when there is a lot of clutter, it will make the inside of your home look much smaller than it is. 

Remove extra items and furnishings that don't showcase your home. If you can, hire a professional staging service, which your sales agent can help you arrange. If you are still going to be living in the home while it is for sale, try as best as you can to keep it neat and organized with personal items and clutter moved out of sight for showings. Many homeowners rent a storage unit for the sales process where they can keep their extra possessions.

For more tips, contact a local real estate selling agent.