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How to sell your home in this current housing market?

February 25, 2019

If one of your goals is to sell your home, here are some things to consider.

Maybe you’ve lived in your home for a long time. You’re ready to downsize but don’t know how to start. Most of us have spent a lifetime accumulating things and even keeping things that we haven’t used for years. You must get rid of the clutter but where do you start?

Start someplace easy — like your closets. Remove the clothes. Make three piles:

1) Clothes you love and want to keep.

2) Clothes you haven’t worn in years — maybe they don’t fit any more or the styles have changed.

3) This is your maybe pile. Put things in pile number three that you’re not sure about — maybe they don’t look good on you anymore. This might end up being the biggest pile. Try these things on again and decide whether they belong in pile one or two. This process really works.

Then tackle the linen closet, vanities, basement, attic and garage. Use the same process. Decide what you want to keep and what you want to give or throw away. If you haven’t used something in two years, it’s time to get rid of it.

You may even need a dumpster if you have lots of things to throw away. There are many charities that might be interested in your unwanted items. Of course, there are some sentimental things that you will want to keep forever.

Now look at each room of your home as if you were a prospective buyer looking at the house for the very first time. Maybe your rooms are stuffed with knick-knacks, personal pictures and extra furniture.

Pack these in a rented storage unit or give some of them away. Remember less is more.

You need to create a “wow factor” so that prospective buyers will fall in love with your home. Today’s buyers have high expectations.

Your Realtor will be happy to give you suggestions. You don’t have to spend a fortune, you just need to have everything clean and well organized.

If you take things step by step, you will take so much stress out of your life while enhancing the value of your home.

Betty Hensal,

Broker Associate,

William Pitt Sotheby’s

International Realty,

203-241-1560 cell