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Best-Kept Secrets for Selling a Home

With the peak buying season around the corner, there are things that you can do that can improve your chances of a speedy sale. What steps can you take to attract buyers and get offers rolling in?

#1. Set the right price: We recommend finding out what your home is worth, then strip 15 to 20% off that price. You'll likely see an influx of buyers and multiple bids (some will be over the asking price), even in a buyer's market. A lot of sellers don't want to risk it, but it's a great strategy to sell a home.

#2. Illuminate your home: Good lighting is one thing that every buyer wants to see in a home. Clean the windows, switch up the old lampshades, draw the drapes, let in the sunshine and increase the wattage in your light bulbs. Making your house cheery makes it more sellable.

#3. Hide the pets: You would think that a cuddly cat would warm the hearts of your potential buyers but you couldn't be more wrong. Not everyone is a pet lover, and buyers don't want to walk into a home and smell a cat litter box, or see a furry dog lying on the carpet. Pets give the impression that your house isn't clean. If you're having an open house, have a friend or neighbor watch your pet for the day.

# 4. Depersonalize your house: One of the best secrets for selling a home is to depersonalize it. The more photos of your family, the harder it is for potential buyers to see themselves living there. Pack away family photos and personal memorabilia.

#5. Make room in your closets: Every buyer is looking for more storage. Remove half of the stuff out of your closets and organize what's left. Since buyers tend to snoop, be sure all closets and cabinets are neat and tidy.

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