Buying a new home is exciting. If you have to sell your old home to be able to move, however, it can be a lot less fun. Home prices have stabilized and more people are buying, but selling your home in today’s market can still take a lot of time and effort.

Fortunately, you can give yourself an edge in the marketplace when you sell your home. There are several things you can do before you list your home that will to increase your chances of success when trying to sell your home quickly. Here are some tips to stage your home to look better to buyers and hopefully, sell faster.

Get rid of your stuff :Buyers need to be able to picture themselves in your house. To help them with that, you should remove as many personal items as you can. You should also get rid of extra furniture and clutter. Rent a storage unit to hold your belongings while you are selling your home.

Hire a professional to stage your home for you: Professionally staging your home to be attractive to buyers can bring you top dollar in the final sale. It can also make your home sell faster, saving you months of mortgage payments. Before you try to do it yourself, think about how many hours it takes to properly stage a home. A professional can do the job for you, saving you time and stress.

Lighten up: Open up your drapes to let in natural light, and paint the walls with light, neutral colors. Remove any large, dark, or heavy furniture. A home that seems bright and airy will likely sell faster.

Listen to your Agent: Your Realtor® is an experienced professional who knows what it takes to sell a home in your market. Listen to their suggestions and follow them. They will help you sell your house quickly and for the best price, so you can move into the home of your dreams.

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Masha Halpern, Broker, CLHMS, GRI
Keller Williams Realty

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Masha Halpern and The Smart Move Team is your ultimate real estate resource for Chapel Hill, Durham, Carrboro and surrounding areas. Visit my website for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

Masha is a certified member of The Luxury Home Marketing Institute, participates in its annual Leaders in Luxury Conference, and works with The Institute’s thousands of members worldwide to share information about current listings.

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