Homeowners looking to sell this summer should take note of the top five myths about reselling. Save time and money with these tips from real estate agents who participated in Zillow‘s 2014 Home-Selling Season Survey!
MYTH #1: I need to redo my kitchen and bathroom before selling.
TRUTH: Minor renovations such as new countertops and appliances will be less of an investment and will help you sell your home for a higher price.
MYTH #2: The outside of my home isn’t as important as the inside.
TRUTH: Prospective buyers will often times drive right past a shabby exterior. Curb appeal is very important! Trimming the grass, planting some flowers, installing new house numbers and painting the front door are all inexpensive and make a world of difference.
MYTH #3: If my house is clean, I don’t need to stage my home.
TRUTH: Professional Home Staging is a career on the rise! They declutter and depersonalize a home to appeal to a broad range of tastes. If a professional home stager isn’t in your budget, try removing blinds from a window with a great view or replacing a double bed with a twin to make a room look larger.
MYTH #4: Granite and stainless steel appliances are no longer “in.”
TRUTH: Most home shoppers will still be drawn to granite and stainless steel, they just don’t want a home to feel dated. Timeless elements such as dark maple cabinets and granite counters will keep the home fresh for many years.
MYTH #5: Home shoppers can look past paint colors they don’t like.
TRUTH: Moving is hard work, and most buyers don’t want to fuss with painting. One of the most important things a home seller can do is apply a fresh coat of neutral paint to the walls, which will stand out online and in pictures.
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