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Prepping Your Home to Get It Market-Ready

 

There are a number of things you can do to get your home ready when adding it to the list of Florida homes for sale to stand out from the competition. Bankrate.com offers advice on the six things you can do to entice prospective buyers when putting your home on the market.

There are a number of things you can do to get your home ready when adding it to the list of Florida homes for sale to stand out from the competition. Bankrate.com offers advice on the six things you can do to entice prospective buyers when putting your home on the market.

A clean home will show buyers that the property has been well-maintained, and may make them feel more confident in their offer. Since everyone's definition of clean can vary, the source recommends hiring a cleaning service to have your home sparkling from top to bottom. While having stained carpets cleaned and removing all clutter is a must, be sure that even small areas of your home, such as the baseboards and windows, are spotless.

If staging your home, be sure to use minimal decorations so that it is easier for those viewing your house to envision it as their own. Since you won't know details about those visiting your open house, the site suggests keeping paint colors neutral so that they are gender-friendly. You may also want to avoid adding a specific theme when decorating, as it could prevent buyers from seeing your home's character.

If you can't afford to actually add square footage to your home, Bankrate suggests clearing out any unused items and other clutter to make your home appear more spacious. If you have big, bulky furniture, you may want to store it, as it could make your house feel cramped. One feature buyers often seek out when looking at properties is storage space, so if you have a garage, make sure it looks roomy.

Extra storage can be easily installed by simply adding shelves on one wall. Laundry rooms can be messy by nature, but making them look neat and organized can be a major positive for buyers, says the source. You should also make sure your pantry appears clean and spacious.

While many homeowners make upgrades to their home so they can list it with a higher asking price, it is crucial that these new amenities match the rest of the home's decor and features. Installing granite countertops can be a great way to attract potential buyers, but not if it sticks out like a sore thumb when compared to your home's overall design.