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Prepping your Home before it's time to Sell

Are you thinking of selling your home in a few years? Maybe now's the time to get your home ready.

In most cases people have heard of readying one's house just before listing it for sale, keeping one's home maintained during your entire ownership is both a time saver and a money saver.

Some helpful Tips:

Don't let routine maintenance slide. You should repair leaky faucets and replace cracked window panes.

You like to create a "wow" feature to make your home stand out from the crowd, such as a large bank of windows to bring the light in, or detailed woodwork.

Keep consistent when it comes to quality; if you spring for top-of-the-line countertops but go cheap on the floors, buyers will be more apt to notice the poorer-quality flooring.

How 'Bad Neighbors' can bring down Prices

Having bad neighbors who are noisy and don't keep up their home's appearance is more than just a nuisance. They can bring down your property's value. I knew a Real Estate Agent who has her lost a listing (and a house didn't sell) because the residence across the street "was a complete wreck that needed paint and a whole lot of fixing up. The neighbors didn't respond to requests by the sellers or the township to repair the home!

What can you do if you think that a neighbor or his home is hurting your home's resale value? You can broach the subject with the neighbor or "report enforceable infractions" to local authorities. Condo owners can enlist the help of their condo association.

If worse comes to worse, you can tackle some of the problems yourself and in some cases, neighbors have been known to mow lawns and do fixes at abandoned homes in neighborhoods with foreclosures.

The last resort you may have to lower your home's listing price to account for the "negative externality" of your home.

  

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Published Sunday, January 13, 2008 1:00 PM by Angie Adams NC/SC REALTOR® Broker

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