Are you ready to sell your home in the Elkhart or Granger, Indiana area? Here are some basic home selling tips to make your sale the best possible.

Be Prepared. Selling your home doesn?t just mean hiring a realtor to stick a sign out front. There are a lot of preparations you should make to ensure you get the best offer possible in the shortest time. 3 major things to do in preparation include: making smart repairs that add value to your house, staging your home to make it more appealing during the showing, and creating solid curb appeal for your home to impress those driving by.

Repair. Just because you’ve gotten used to the cracks in the walls and the rattles in the radiators doesn’t mean a buyer will too. If you have hardwood floors that need refinishing, be sure to get it done—hardwood is a huge selling point. Kitchens and bathrooms are two major selling points so if yours are outdated, consider renovating them to increase the value of your home.

Buyers like to snoop around, so be sure to fix any sticky doors or drawers as well. Finally, don’t forget to address any issues with the exterior—fences, shingles, sidewalks, etc. After all, without curb appeal, some buyers may never get to see the inside.

Neutralize. You want buyers to see themselves in your home. If your living room has lime green shag, wood-paneled walls, and all your collectibles and personal photographs, this will be much harder for them to do.

Try replacing any bold color choices in your floors and walls with something more neutral—beiges, tans, and whites. Repainting and re-flooring will make everything look fresh and new, and help prospective buyers imagine all the possibilities.

Stage. Once your house is clean and updated, it’s time to play dress up. Home stagers can add small details and décor touches that will bring out the possibilities in the various spaces in your home: lamps, mirrors, throw rugs and pillows, flowers, decorative soaps and towels, patio furniture. Home staging can be particularly useful if your home is especially old or if the exterior looks dated. Think of it as a little mascara and rouge—if it’s done right, you notice the beauty, not the makeup.

Considering selling your home or know someone who is ready?

Let’s get in touch and set up an appointment where I will go over my services offered and marketing plan to get top dollar for your home in today’s market. I’ve been working as a real estate agent in Elkhart, Indiana for over 30 years and will bring valuable experience to making your home selling process as easy on you as possible as I know it can be stressful along with remembering the long list of tasks to cover when selling a home.

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Looking forward to assisting you,

Kevin Foy,

Elkhart Real Estate Agent

RE/MAX Oak Crest Realty
1815 E Bristol Street, Elkhart, IN 46514

P.S. See other home selling tips in additional articles on the Team Foy blog as well as on Team Foy’s Facebook page.