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Preparing Your Newport Beach Home for Sale

Topic: Home selling

Sellers want top dollar for their homes, but few are aware that there's more to it than luck and marketing. In this market, selling a Newport Beach home takes a mix of planning, creativity and market savvy. Read on for a simple ten-step guide to preparing your Newport Beach Homes for Sale.

1. Focus on the facts. Many sellers have trouble dissociating from their homes, and this emotional attachment can keep them from taking things forward. Start by looking at your home as a product to be sold, nothing more. This will make your decisions a lot clearer.

2. Neutralize your design. A potential buyer looks at a Newport Beach home and pictures it as his own, with his own photos and paintings and artifacts. Strip your walls of any personal d?cor, so buyers can better picture themselves living in your space.

3. Get rid of clutter. It's surprising how much junk people collect over the years-and how much bigger your home looks and feels without them. Discard things you haven't used in a year, remove unnecessary furniture, and free up as much floor space as possible.

4. Check storage. Home buyers are more likely to visit a Newport Beach home for sale that offers ample storage. Organize your closets and cabinets so they'll look cleaner and more spacious-it also suggests that the rest of the home is well taken care of.

5. Find temporary storage. Some stylish furniture and appliances won't hurt, but they take up a lot of floor space. Rent a storage space for all the big stuff you don't want to show. Leave just one or two pieces in each room to show what its purpose is.

6. Remove your favorites. Before putting up your Newport Beach home for sale, remove any items you absolutely want to take with you. That way, you don't risk blowing the deal by refusing to give away a family heirloom or a piece of antique furniture.

7. Fix what you can. Even minor flaws are amplified in the eyes of a careful buyer. Replace any cracked tiles, broken knobs, leaky faucets. Consider repainting in a neutral color, so you don't turn off buyers who don't like green walls or an electric blue bath.

8. Clean and scrub.Your Newport Beach home should look as spotless in person as it does in pictures. Wash windows on both sides, spray down the driveway and exterior, and scrub everything until it sparkles-it's a lot of work, but it's well worth the effort.

9. Take a fresh look. Step outside your home for a while and put yourself in the buyer's shoes before reentering. Would you put your life's biggest investment and spend the next few years in this Newport Beach home? If you say yes, then you're almost done.

10. Work on your exterior. Finally, work on making a good first impression. Curb appeal is what draws buyers in and makes them want to enter your home. Clear the sidewalks and driveway, mow the lawn, and make sure there's a clear path to your front door.

by Writox

02/20/2010
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