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Sell Your Home By Making It Stick Out From The Crowd

   By: Hal James

Sell Your Home By Making It Stick Out From The Crowd

Hal James

As a homeowner, the prospects of selling your abode in a buyers' market can be more than a bit intimidating. At the moment, we are in heavy buyers market, but that doesn't mean that you can't sell your home. The key to moving it is all in the details.

The question you must ask yourself is what makes your home stick out from comparable properties in the neighborhood? You may have undertaken an improvement that results in an obvious answer. An improved bathroom, kitchen and so forth.

If you don't have a major upgrade, then you need to focus on the small details. You would be surprised how often a small change can make an impression on a buyer. Here are a few tweaks you can make that could result in an offer.

One of the keys to curb appeal is to create a path to your front door. The path sets the tone for the buyer's impression of the home. Try to ditch concrete rectangle paths. Go for placed stones or a winding path.

Symmetry is a good thing to have with egress and ingress. This is particularly true for your front door. The easiest way to do this is to put two flower pots on each side of your front door. It centers the look and focuses the eye.

Windows are another area where a little work can make a big difference. First off, cut away any plants blocking views unless the room is a bathroom. If the windows are unique, consider painting the frames a color that contrasts with the walls.

We all produce trash and have the unsightly cans on the side of our yard to prove it. Since nobody finds cans impressive, try hiding them. A cheap and easy way is to install vine trellis around the area where you hold the cans.

The average trellis is your inexpensive home improvement friend. Many older homes have long, blank, boring exterior walls along the side of the structure. Spice them up by using a trellis to break up the angle and grow plants and such.

Light it up at night. Buyers are fully aware that you are trying to spice things up for them when they come by during the day. Many will also drive by at night to see how things look and sound then. Use lights to highlight your landscaping and make an impression.

As you can see, there are a bevy of small steps you can take to make an impression on buyers. Give your home the once over before listing it. It could make all the difference in the world to getting the sale.

Hal James writes about issues faced by FSBO sellers for, where you can get a free one month listing to sell your home by owner and get more real estate tips. This and other unique content 'sell' articles are available with free reprint rights.

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