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Real Estate Tips and Advice

Preparing Your Home

By JOE SZYNKOWSKI | Green Shoot Media

REAL ESTATE 101

Selling your home can be a stressful process,
but you can lessen the load by acting quickly
to get your home’s appearance in shape.
Spruce up your home before you enter the
market to enhance appeal and boost your
chances of selling promptly.

Before You Hire a Contractor
You might decide to make major repairs
be made to your home before it goes on
the market. The Federal Trade Commission

Performing an inspection before listing your
home can reveal important weaknesses you
may not have known about. A professional
inspector can find hidden problems like water
leaks, electricity issues or a compromising
structural integrity.

suggests these questions for interviewing
contractors:
• How many projects like mine have you
completed in the last year?

If these issues are discovered by a potential
buyer’s inspector, they may walk away or
come with an offer far less than asking.

• Will my project require a permit?
• May I have a list of references?
• What types of insurance do you carry?

While an inspector may be necessary to
discover issues that would go unnoticed
until they become big problems, there are
some things you should do to enhance the
attractiveness of your home.
You may have an easier time completing
these projects with the help of professional.
Make sure these simple but important actions
have been taken before attempting to sell a
home!
SHOWROOM CLEAN
Have you ever purchased a new vehicle
off the showroom floor? Chances are, the
vehicle was washed, waxed and detailed with
a fine-tooth comb. Seeing the vehicle at its
absolute best sways consumers into making a
purchase.

• Will you be using subcontractors on this
project?
Read more FTC tips for hiring a contractor

Your home should receive the same
thorough attention before inviting potential
buyers in. Give them a chance to see your
home in its peak cleanliness. If you need help
with a deep cleaning, a local cleaning service
can take the burden from you and give your
home a facelift.
Don’t forget the yard. An attractive
landscaping scheme and neat lawn will make
your home stand out from others.
FRESHEN ROOMS WITH PAINT
One of the easiest and most inexpensive

ways to enhance a room’s appearance is with
a fresh coat of paint. When choosing colors,
try and keep them contemporary and light.

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MAKE YOUR HOME SEEM BIGGER

A new homeowner will have an easier time
visualizing changes they can make if the
room is free of colors that appear too bold.
Remember, you’re adding paint to make your
new rooms more attractive to others not
necessarily to suit your tastes.

Experts recommend ditching heavy-closed
drapes to make your home appear larger.
Using vertical blinds or shutters allows in
more sunlight which can make a room seem
more open.

Make sure the trim receives the same
quality paint job. It will serve as a beautiful
accent color and make fresh paint stand out
even more.

Too much furniture can make a space look
cluttered. Consider storing individual pieces
away while showing your home if it makes
your room appear disorganized.

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