Tips to get your home ready for sale with less stress

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Selling your home in the spring?  Don't wait to prepare.   Follow these tips to reduce the stress of home preparation. 

Home preparationWhile the fall market is still a great time to sell your home -- less competition, more serious buyers and potential higher prices -- we understand some may need to wait until spring.  There's plenty you can do now to have your home ready to go when the spring market starts in February. Want to get the most value out of your home?  Take a look at your home from a prospective buyer and think what would make me not put an offer on your home.  You have plenty of time to tackle some of those projects and below are 5 Fall Projects that you can do now to be ready for the spring market.

Before you begin, be sure to check the current value of your home at Mad Home Values! You can also search for recent home sales in your neighborhood on our site at

Update Your Curb Appeal - Curb appeal is important.  It is the first impression that a buyer will have.  Make sure bushes are trimmed, lay fresh mulch, replace or repair walkways.  Remove dead plants and trees.  If need be, pressure wash driveway, sidewalk and house and also repaint house.  Also recommended is putting a fresh coat of paint on your front door.

Get A Home Inspection - The National Association of Realtors says the 77% of buyers have a home inspection complete before moving forward with their purchase of the home.   To avoid surprise during the sale of your home, complete one now and make any repairs that may need done in the winter months.  Buyers will use needed repairs to get a lower price for a home. Need a suggestion? We highly recommend Brad Acker with Acker Home Inspections

Replace Flooring and Paint Walls - Determine if your carpet needs replaced or just a deep cleaning.  If you decide they need replaced, consider replacing it with a hardwood or laminate flooring or one that may better appeal to a buyer. Inspect your walls. They may need cleaning or a fresh coat of paint.  Stagers recommend beiges, light grays and off-whites as the most appealing colors. 

Tackle the Garage, Basement and Attic - These areas can be a catch all for junk.  Use the fall weather to clean and organize your garage.  Install shelving, hooks and peg boards to hang bikes and organize your tools.  Pitch the junk and only keep what you really need.   For the basement, donate unwanted clothes, toys and make it look like a lot of space for storage.  These areas should look roomy, clean and well organized.

Consult a Stager - Buyers will need to imagine or see themselves living in your home.  They may have trouble doing this if you have a lot of personal items on display.  A Personal Stager can help by giving ideas on how to make your home flow more effectively.  They also may give advice on what and how to declutter the spaces. Updating bedding, shower curtains and towel can also give your home a more upscale look.  The Real Estate Guy team has our own stager if you would like a consult, please contact us.


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Guy Lofts CRS,  is a long-term area resident who has been helping people make sound housing decisions since 1993.  Guy is a past president of the Wisconsin Chapter of CRS, the Certified Residential Specialists.  A leader in technology, having had his first personalized web page in 1995.  With a first Blog in 2006,  Guy has provided training with in his office and is to present a training at past Wisconsin Realtor conventions.

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William Feela
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I tell people to plan on six months of preparation to sell their home.

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