Remember what first attracted you to your house when you bought it?  What excited you about its most appealing features?  Now that you're selling your home, you'll need to look at it as if you were buying it all over again.  
A spruced up house makes a great first impression on potential buyers. 
An attractive property grabs their attention and makes them excited about finding a house that looks and feels well cared for.   Because buyers know they’ll encounter fewer problems if they buy it, your house becomes more appealing and stands out from the competition.   So if you prepare your home correctly, you’ll save time selling it when it’s on the market.   A good first impression makes an impact on a number of levels. It’s not just the way your house looks to potential buyers, but how it feels and smells to them, how their friends and family will react, how they imagine it would be to live there.  With simple improvements throughout your house, you can grab the attention of potential buyers and help them see why your house is right for them. - Maximize Your Home's Emotional Appeal When you are ready to sell, you'll want to properly stage your home to maximize its emotional appeal. People who are enchanted with your home upon walking in the door are more likely to buy, and at a fair price. Here are some tips to enhance the emotional appeal of your home and show it to it best advantage: Turn on lights to create a warm glow and remove shadows. Clean all windows (replace any cracked or smokey panes), and open the curtains or blinds. Keep the kitchen and baths clean and sparkling. Don’t leave dishes in the sink. Remove ALL clutter, make the beds, and pick up toys. Pack away items that may detract from a buyer’s ability to mentally move into your home such as family pictures or teen posters. Make the closets look bigger by packing up the clothes you are not using. Create a relaxing atmosphere with soft music. Make people feel at home with homey scents such as freshly baked cookies or bread or good potpourri. Check for pet odors and keep pets safely out of the way when your house is being shown. Clean out your basement and garage and neatly stack boxes you have stored there. Add charm and appeal with fresh flowers and plants. Get the FREE Report with helpful tips on preparing your home to sell at! Assess the Situation - The first step is to honestly assess the exterior condition of your house. Stand at the curb and have a good look. Maybe you stopped noticing those weeds growing in the gutters you haven't cleaned in years. But, believe us, any prospective buyer will notice. Take pictures of your home's exterior and show them to a more objective party, like a friend from work. Ask them to tell you what jumps out in terms of needed maintenance. If three friends say a scraggly shrub needs to go, then it probably does. Get more info by calling 301-418-8640. Once you have committed to selling your home, there are a number of things that you can do to help sell your home at the best possible price, in the shortest amount of time. Troop Real Estate Realtors are experts in marketing homes. However, selling your home is a joint effort with you playing an important role in the final results. Your major role is to make your home as attractive as possible to potential buyers. Remember that first impressions count. You should do everything you can to make that first impression a positive one. People who consider buying your home will be as critical as you are in the search for your new home. Take an inspection tour of your property, observing it as a potential buyer would. Take note of any minor repairs and painting that need to be done. Here are some tips that have proven valuable to homeowners in preparing their homes for showing, OME IS THE SINGLE LARGEST INVESTMENT FOR MOST PEOPLE, SO ISN’T IT WORTH THE PLANNING AND EFFORT TO MAXIMIZE YOUR SELLING PRICE? 2 approaches discussed- long term planning for sale of the home, and the short term preparation for market. Long term planning should still include short term prep, but the short term prep can be used alone to maximize your return. Go to or call 301-418-8640 Long term planning will usually involve renovation/remodeling and a significant financial investment; short term planning for market can be free, if you’re handy. In either case, MARKETING is the task at hand- selling your home requires asking the same questions that would be needed to market an automobile, or health care line, or food item. 1) Who is the target market, and 2) What makes the target market buy? AREA is a major determining factor in your target market. Like the physical features of your home, the neighborhood characteristics which drew you to the home in the first place will probably appeal to similar age group, socioeconomic station, and etc. AREA is also THE major determining factor in the value of your property. The old adage is true- LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION. This is the most important consideration in determining what is an appropriate level of expenditure in improving your home. Make a Checklist of Home Exterior Tasks Taken together, the following tasks can drastically improve the attractiveness of your home's exterior. Get rid of yard clutter, including leaves, tree limbs, lawn mowers, non-functioning cars, and outdoor toys that can be stored. Power-wash your house if it has mold or mildew, or if it is noticeably dirty. Re-sod or reseed bare patches on your lawn, and keep your lawn mowed. Thoroughly clean windows and screens Go to or call 301-418-8640

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Create a plan to enhance your property. Keep a notebook for your selling project, and as you stroll through your yard, make a list of what needs to be done.  Consider what your property looks like to people driving by or walking through your door.   What will they like or dislike?   What needs fixing, painting, cleaning?  What can you improve? Whether you paint your house or fix up the yard, your efforts don’t need to be costly; even inexpensive  improvements and minor repairs go far toward attracting serious buyers! Get The Rest Of The Free Tips By Filling Out The Short Form On The Left.

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