How to prepare your home for potential buyers

Question: We have been told that our home has not sold because it is not in good “showing condition” and that we need to make some changes. What should we do to entice more buyers?


Answer: There are a number of inexpensive steps that home sellers can take to prepare their home for potential buyers. One is to hire a designer, who, for about $60 an hour, will offer advice on a home's interior. You can also paint your home in a light, neutral color, because homebuyers may be turned off by bold colors. Consider what objects you should remove from the home before showing it to buyers. Any offensive items, such as a controversial picture, can annoy some buyers, while the more general problem of clutter can make a house seem smaller and less inviting. Professional organizers can help you arrange your possessions and decide what should be kept and what should be discarded. Finally, homeowners should consider the landscape, especially if the bushes and trees surrounding a home are too obtrusive and hide the home rather than enhance it. Ó2008 Information.Inc.


For answers to your real estate questions, call Allison at 970-468-6800 or 1-800-262-8442. Email - [email protected] or visit their web site at Allison is a long time local in Summit County. Summit Real Estate – The Simson/Nenninger Team is located at the Dillon Ridge Marketplace. Allison’s long-time residency and years of real estate experience can help you make the most of any buying or selling situation. She’s a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), the highest designation awarded to a Realtor in the residential sales field.  Her philosophy is simple, whether buying or selling, she understands that the most important real estate transaction is yours.  

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