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5 Important Things To Do Before You Sell

By Elizabeth R. Elstien

Your home just may be your greatest asset. Be prepared before your home hits the multiple-listing service. Hire a listing agent that offers the most for the commission, such as a stager and photographer, so you don't have to hire your own. Here's how to sell your home for the best price in the quickest amount of time using these five amazing sales tips.

1. Fix The Place

This is the time to take care of small maintenance items that were put off until later. Paint or retouch, as needed. Remove decals or stickers from doors or windows. Pack up personal possessions, such as family photos hanging on the wall or trophies on the shelf. Organize closets and shelves in all rooms. Remove items from kitchen counters and pack or place under counters. Thoroughly clean all rooms, including flooring, windows and kitchen appliances. Rake and trim the entire yard and haul away debris.

2. Set The Stage

Hire a professional stager to arrange furniture and accessories to maximize space and present the home in its best light. Leave any non-personal artwork for the stager. Learn to live with a sparse, specially decorated home for selling purposes. After all, soon you will be in a new home.

3. Shoot It Right

Every good listing needs professional photographs in high definition to show off the home in the best light. Wait until staging is complete before taking photos, which are best taken when the sun is shining. Shoot photos of the all rooms, as well as the outside, so you have many photos to choose from. Create a virtual tour, too, and not just still shots.

4. See the Marketing

Once the photography is completed, the photos should be used for high-quality brochures, as well as print and online marketing. Use a good copywriter to word the copy to sell. Share marketing materials with connections on social marketing sites, but be careful not to give away too much personal information that would draw thieves.

5. Get A Price

Discuss with your real estate agent, the correct price the house should sell for taking into account local market factors and property condition. Selling on your own? Get an appraisal or pay a good agent to set an accurate market value. This is not the time to be foolish about the price your home is worth. Be realistic here. A listing set too high will drive buyers away. A home priced right on the original day it hits the multiple-listing service brings a faster sale.

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Elizabeth R. Elstien has worked in real estate for over 15 years as a real estate...

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