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Getting Your House Sold

Getting Your House Sold

When you need to sell your house, you should make changes that will highlight the best features of a home. This practice, called home staging, highlights the features of a home and makes it appealing to a broad base of buyers by reducing clutter, updating to a more broadly-applicable style, and minimizing eyesores or highly-personalized decoration that may hide the home’s broader appeal. These steps often make the home more desirable and easier to sell. Preparing your house for sale through staging can include painting, landscaping, decorating, and renting furniture if necessary.
Homeowners can hire a professional, which usually costs a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars, or complete the task themselves. A properly staged home not only has decor that is appealing to buyers, but may also increase the sale price.

Preparing your house for sale may not be as difficult as it seems. Here are some tips for staging your home. Pack up unnecessary items. To make a home appear more spacious, it may be necessary to remove excess furniture, especially old furniture in disrepair. Packing up big furniture will also make it easier for a buyer to notice important features of the house, such as the fireplace, a window seat, or an extra nook space in a bedroom. Consider storing the items in a storage unit rather than in the garage.
De-clutter. One of the easiest ways to prepare a house for sale is to de-clutter. This simple means storing, throwing away, or donating unused items. De-cluttering helps the buyer focus on the home instead of on the mess.

De-personalize the space. Most people personalize a space by displaying family photos. Photos can easily distract buyers and make it more difficult for a buyer to imagine living in the home. Packing away photos will make the space more attractive to homebuyers.

Clean your home. The least expensive way to stage a home is to clean it.
Make repairs. Before listing a home, make necessary repairs. The law requires a seller to inform a buyer of any known physical problems with the home. In all likelihood, unless the buyer is willing to purchase the home “as-is,” the buyer will request the seller to make certain repairs anyway. It is better to address problems like a leaky roof, a structural problem, or termite issues before selling the home. A home without major problems is always more appealing to buyers.

Give your home curb appeal. Preparing your house for sale isn’t limited to the indoor space. The outside of a home is important too. In fact, an unappealing exterior can drive potential buyers away from the home even before viewing the interior. A well-landscaped yard will add value and bring buyers into the home.

Check for safety hazards. A homeowner must keep homebuyers safe from injury. It is a homeowner’s duty to warn invited guests of known dangers and to inspect the property for dangerous conditions. Because many homebuyers will view the home, a homeowner should eliminate potential hazards. If a potential hazard exists, it is best to fix it, remove it, or to isolate the area from use.

Lock away expensive items. Most people that view your home are interested in buying a home. In rare circumstances, however, some visitors use open houses and home showings as a way to scout out a home to burglarize later or to steel valuable property. Beware of suspicious activity, such as a visitor that asks probing questions about your marital status or your schedule or visitors that use distraction to keep you occupied while someone else looks for valuable items in the house.

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Michael R. Anderson, JD

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People who want a lot of Bull go to a Butcher. People who want results navigating a complex legal field go to a Lawyer that they can trust. That’s where I come in. I am Michael Anderson, an Attorney in the Salt Lake area focusing on the needs of the Average Joe wanting a better life for him and his family. I’m the Lawyer you can trust. I grew up in Utah and love it here. I am a Father to three, a Husband to one, and an Entrepreneur. I understand the feelings of joy each of those roles bring, and I understand the feeling of disappointment, fear, and regret when things go wrong. I attended the University of Utah where I received a B.A. degree in 2010 and a J.D. in 2014. I have focused my practice in Wills, Trusts, Real Estate, and Business Law. I love the thrill of helping clients secure their future, leaving a real legacy to their children. Unfortunately when problems arise with families. I also practice Family Law, with a focus on keeping relationships between the soon to be Ex’s civil for the benefit of their children and allowing both to walk away quickly with their heads held high. Before you worry too much about losing everything that you have worked for, before you permit yourself to be bullied by your soon to be ex, before you shed one more tear in silence, call me. I’m the Lawyer you can trust.