Six Easy Fixes That Will Sell Your Home Fast

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Selling real estate in any community can be a challenge. The easiest way to make your home enticing to buyers is to make it stand out head and shoulders above the rest. From your exterior landscaping to the furniture that decorates your front porch, these small fixes make big first impressions on prospective buyers who view your home.

Touch Up Your Trim

If your exterior trim is chipped or faded, fresh coats of primer and paint will make a world of difference. The small amount you'll spend on painting out your home's shutters and railings will pay for itself quickly, and you won't be subjected to visitors as they discuss your "fixer-upper." 

Invest in New Patio Furniture

Along with fresh paint, invest in some new outdoor furniture. That tired, old patio set with the bent legs and rusty table isn't going to help visitors envision themselves happily entertaining friends in the backyard. Even a new, inexpensive set is an improvement over luxury furniture that's worn and dated. And while you're at it, position a few comfy outdoor chairs on your front porch. Add a rug and coordinating cushions that accentuate your choice of trim color, and prospective buyers will start getting that warm, fuzzy feeling before they even set foot inside. 

Clean Up Your Flower Beds

Annual flowers such as petunias and marigolds add quick, easy charm. You can buy these plants already in bloom at your local greenhouse, bring them home, and plant them right away, making for vivid, same-day color. Be sure to rake and carry away old plant debris that's littering your beds from last fall. Your home's open house is not the best time to show off your composting skills. 

Revamp Your Front Entry

Your front entry should appear calm and dignified. This is the portal to the rest of your home, and if it looks cluttered or run-down, you'll alienate buyers. This means that:

  • Exterior light fixtures are modern and functioning.
  • Any glass is polished and shining.
  • House numbers are clearly visible.
  • Doors, windows and trim are clean and free from spider webs.
  • Porch is swept clean.
  • Any furniture is comfy, looks nice, and adds charm.

Pay Attention to Fencing

Having fenced-in real estate is usually a nice selling point, but only if your fence was professionally installed and well maintained. Drooping sections of chain link or a wooden privacy fence that leans to one side is actually detrimental to your home's resale value. If your fence is beyond repair, you might fair better by simply removing it altogether. If it's in nice, solid condition, but needs a little cosmetic touch-up, add coats of primer and paint. 

Check the condition of gates and latches. Make sure your gates are hung properly and that the latches catch securely. 

Add Finishing Touches

The addition of small, finishing touches will help cement to deal to prospective buyers. If you haven't already added these simple accents, take time to do it before your first open house.

  • Spiff up your mailbox. Make sure the house number is prominently displayed, the post is straight and well-anchored, and the box itself is free from rust, dents, and dings. 
  • Hang a flag. Show off your patriotism by displaying a nicely maintained version of Old Glory.
  • Add potted plants, ferns, or trees. These make nice additions to your front porch decor, and they help give a home a warm, lived-in appeal. 

If you follow these guidelines to help sell your real estate, your home will stand out from the rest for its inherent charm and well maintained appearance. If you make it apparent that you love your home, others are more likely to love it too -- and to buy it. And that's really the most important consideration. 

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6 May 2015

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