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Four Easy And Affordable Things You Can Do To Help Your Home Sell More Quickly

by Perry Chapman

If you're one of the more than five million American households that put their house on the market each year, you undoubtedly want your property to sell quickly and for the most money possible. However, most people get so comfortable in their homes that it is difficult for them to be objective when it comes to marketing their homes.

1. Declutter. The most effective thing you can do to help sell your home quickly is free. Getting rid of your excess collections and clutter can help prospective home buyers to envision their own possessions in your living spaces. If you need somewhere to store those books, extra furniture and figurines, it makes sense to rent a storage facility for a few months to allow your home to appear more streamlined.

2. Maximize the light. The majority of prospective homeowners cite good light as a priority when they at looking for a home to buy. To help meet this need, do things like increase the wattage of the bulbs in your lamps, take down heavy draperies and trim the bushes outside your windows to allow more light to enter your rooms.

3. Contain your pets. While you likely can't imagine life without your furry friends, not all prospective home buyers feel the same. Pet smells, pungent cat or dog food and/or upholstery covered with pet hair can be a big turn-off to prospective buyers and cause them to view your home as unclean. Best to have your pets stay with a friend or family member and pick up those pet items before you show your home or host an open house.

4. Boost your curb appeal. Another very affordable thing you can do to increase your home's "sellability" is to make it look inviting from the exterior. That doesn't have to cost a lot of money. Some colorful annual flowers, a fresh coat of paint on your front door and some aggressive pruning and weeding can do a lot to make your home a place that home buyers will want to stop. After all, if they don't like what they see from the outside, they may never even call to make an appointment to see the inside.

While getting your home ready to sell may seem like a daunting task, you can dramatically increase your odds of success by getting rid of your excess possessions, increasing the light in your rooms, having your pets stay with a friend or family member, and boosting your curb appeal.