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I Want Top Dollar!

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How many people feel that way about the house they are about to sell? It is there house and they are proud of it and sure it is worth a lot of money. A broker who works with them should come up with some contracts from qualified buyers for the best possible prices. Right?

Certainly, that is ideal. And every real estate broker wants to get the most money for their seller that is reasonably possible to get. But there are a few things the seller can do to help bring that about. The seller has to take themselves out of their homeowner mindset and take a good long look at their house from the perspective of a potential buyer. What will the buyer see?

The best scenario would be for the buyer to get out of the car and fall in love with the house on the spot. Then, as the buyer comes through the front door the impression should be of a gracious home with plenty of space. The home should seem well maintained and easy to care for. Bathrooms should look sparkling, kitchens and eat-in areas should look inviting. The garage should be clean and uncluttered.

What does it take to make the buyer feel that way. For starters, follow the path the buyer will take and have a pad and pen with you. Start at the curb. Does your house have strong curb appeal? Sometimes just trimming a few bushes and doing some small plantings around the door will be enough to increase the charm factor. Then come in the house and look around. Are there some areas that could use a coat of paint or a little maintenance? Do it.  Spruce up bathrooms and declutter and make kitchens a little prettier.

Now the hardest part: de-personalize your house. Take the cute collection of dolphin knick-knacks and put them in a box for now.  The refrigerator doesn't need a huge assortment of magnets and children's drawings. That afghan your Aunt Nancy knitted can be taken off the couch and stored until you are in your new house. It seems like a lot but it is worth doing. Remember, it's your chance to help the house fetch, "Top Dollar."  Not sure about where you should start with de-personalizing? Click here to check out this helpful video!