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Don’t Fail to Plan When Selling Your Home

By : Jason Deines
Remember the first time you saw your home? Remember how it felt to move in and make it yours? Adding the finishing touches, planting flowers, or relaxing on the patio can be one of the most satisfying moments in home ownership. Homes are much like their owners, they take on the personality of the individuals whom occupy them adding a special uniqueness to them. Homes are places where families are raised and memories are made, good and bad. The longer you remain in a home the more attached you become. Emotions are a powerful part of our being and overcoming them or putting them aside can prove difficult. That is why having a plan in place to sell your home is important.

To get started with your plan you should do your best to put any emotional attachment aside. Developing the plan to sell your home depends greatly on making rational decisions, decisions based on logic not emotion.

Getting Started

Now that your emotions have been put in check, it is time to step back and take a good look at your home. As you look over your home take note of the pluses and minuses, write them down. Are there things that need to be fixed? If you were considering buying the home, is there anything that you would like to see different? By putting yourself in the shoes of the buyer you can develop a good strategy and "to do" list on projects to tackle for improving the quality of your home as well as increasing the return on your investment.

Additional considerations include; have the carpets cleaned even if the carpet needs replaced. If the carpet needs replaced consider holding off and offering an incentive to home buyers that you will cover part of the cost for replacement. This allows the buyer to pick the type and color of the carpet.

Tips on Selling Your Home

- The first thing that real estate agents and potential home buyers are going to see is the front yard, so make sure it is mowed, trimmed and looking nice.

- A fresh paint job can go along ways in making your home look more appealing, inside and out.

- Remove any pets and pet smells if you have them.

- Remove the clutter from your home, this includes the back yard. Make your home look as spacious as possible.

- When realtors are showing your home have some freshly baked cooking sitting on the counter or a pleasant smelling candle burning.

- Make yourself scarce when your home is being shown to potential home buyers. It adds pressure when you are around so go for a walk.

Consider Location When Selling Your Home

Many potential home buyers may be new to the area. Having a list of local amenities could prove useful. For example; walking paths, parks, local shopping, good coffee, dry cleaning, and anything else that you found helpful.

When selling your home it is a good idea to also sell the neighborhood your home is in. If the schools in your area are exceptional then make sure every person that has kids looking at your home knows it.

Selling your home can be a stressful time but the better prepared you are the more likely you will sell your home quickly and with the fewest surprises. Buying your home was an investment that provided many more rewards than simply monetary gain. When selling your home, approach it as liquidating your investment and getting a good return on your investment.
Jason Deines is a life long resident of Boise, Idaho and provides real estate information on the Boise Idaho Real Estate Market for both buyers and sellers. Visit to get started.

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