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Tips and tricks for showcasing your home in the best possible light.

Offered by: Jan Hepp-Struck, Hepp Realty

Welcome to Spring, the season when activity traditionally picks up in real estate. If you are thinking about selling your home, you are definitely not alone. The difference this year, however, is a growing inventory of available properties over this time last year, coupled with changes in tax laws that may make home ownership less attractive and/or more difficult to achieve for some first-time buyers. Depending upon the price bracket of your home, this could ultimately equate to fewer potential buyers, so ensuring your home shows in the best possible light is more important than ever. Here’s how to get a start on the process to make sure your home is ready for market and doesn’t stand out for the wrong reasons:

Disassociate Yourself: Forget, for a few moments, that this is your home and try to see it through the eyes of the potential buyer who doesn’t know you or your story. For this process, it’s important to step back, be as objective as possible, and view the house not as your home, but as a product that must be packaged in the best way possible so it can be sold. Take a good long look at each room – what do you see? Step outside yourself and try to image how a stranger, looking for a home, would feel upon seeing that room for the first time? You only get to make a first impression one time, and it’s critical to get it right.

Declutter and Depersonalize the Space: Homes are currently averaging about eight weeks on the market, so if you haven’t used stuff within the past few weeks, you should be able to live without it for a few weeks. It may seem voyeuristic, but it’s a readily accepted fact that buyers have a hard time not being distracted by personal effects. So go ahead and pack up the books, knick-knacks, photos, memorabilia, and family heirlooms, especially if they are valuable. It may seem counter-intuitive, but, doing this frees up the space from distractions and gives potential buyers subconscious permission to imagine their own photos and personal items filling the walls and shelves. If it helps, think of this exercise as getting a head start on the packing process.

For proven expertise in establishing your home value and/or searching for a new or existing home, please call Jan at (303) 520-4340.

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