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Preparing your house for sale

Preparing your house for saleYou have decided to sell your Milpitas home and have engaged a realtor to help you with the process. But is your house ready for sale? Here is what you need to do to make the home as appealing as possible to potential buyers.

Check the curb appeal and do what you can to improve it. The smallest of overdue routine jobs can make a huge difference to the look of the exterior. Uncut grass, unkempt shrubbery, dirty gutters, unwashed windows and so on can really bring down the appeal and by doing so, reduce the value of a Milpitas home.

Put personal objects away in closets. Buyers are not interested in your personal life and photographs, framed diplomas, trophies and other such items that are going to distract from the house itself. Leave the home as depersonalized as possible - buyers want to picture their future there, and not be reminded of the past of those who presently live there.

A family accumulates a lot of "junk" over the years. Clear out all of it - a clean, tidy and uncluttered home makes a good impression on buyers. There is nothing like a good garage sale to get rid of the unwanted items. The money that comes from it could be used for any odd jobs that will make the home more attractive. If there is clutter that you cannot get rid of (perhaps that is the reason you want to move to a bigger house), rent a storage unit and keep everything non-essential in it.

Clean and polish to make the home as appealing aspossible.

Get small repairs done. Things that you are used to like a light that does not work, may not seem to be a big deal, but these can create a negative impression on buyers.Spend time going over the house looking for small problems you have missed. Ask a good friend to help you out. A fresh pair of eyes will be able to notice things that you do not, because you are so used to them. These are the things a buyer will see.

Do not allow pets or children to get in the way when showing the house. No matter how lovable they are, they are a distraction from the main objective.

Let your realtor handle the buyers. She has the experience to deal with them better than you can, and also no buyer wants a seller hovering in the background and getting in the way when he is dealing with the realtor. Look at it this way - if you are buying a used car, would you trust the recommendation of the seller or of an expert mechanic who has checked out the car?

A house that is well lit is always more appealing. Replace dim bulbs with brighter ones and do not just open but remove dark heavy curtains that create a somber atmosphere.

Ask your realtor for advice on what else you can do. Her expertise will be invaluable.At any given time, there are a number of appealing Milpitas homes for sale. A master broker agent will know exactly how to market your home to ensure that you get the best possible selling price.

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