How to Sell your Twin Cities home for more

While it might not sound appealing to spend money on your home right before you sell, it is not uncommon for essential improvements to more than pay for themselves. Minor fix-ups such as painting, resurfacing a cracked driveway, or replacing worn carpeting will attract more potential buyers, increase the selling price, and shorten the time it takes to sell your Minnesota home. Remember, the easier it is for buyers to see your house in move-in condition, the easier it is for them to choose it over other properties.

How to get your Twin Cities house ready for the market

      -Tour your home; pretend you’re the buyer, and be critical

      -Start outside and work inside, covering every inch

      -Make a list of items that need attention

      -Paint, carpet, and remove wallpaper

      -Refinished hardwood floors

      -Updated bathrooms and kitchen

      -Yard, landscaping, and deck improvements

      -Neutralize highly personal or unique decorating

      -Create more space by using light colors and removing some furniture

Buyers usually decide within two minutes whether or not your house appeals to them. The first impression is often the lasting one.  My job as your listing agent is to do everything possible to create an excellent first impression so that buyers can see the actual value of your home.

More ideas of what to do to prepare your home to sell

  • Clean and trim yard hedges and garden
  • Clean sidewalks and driveway
  • Open shades and curtains
  • Lights! Lights! Lights!
  • Confine pets
  • Turn off radio and T.V. or set to easy listening on low volume
  • Put away everyday clutter, clear your kitchen countertop!
  • Lay rugs properly for safety reasons
  • Make beds and straighten closets
  • Clean kitchen until it sparkles, empty dishwasher, and wash dishtowels
  • Make sure stairways are adequately lighted and free of clutter
  • Clean windows
  • Clean fireplace
  • Clean laundry area, garage, and work areas
  • Clean furnace and water heater
  • Make certain all locks are in working order
  • Repair faucets, switches, doorknobs, and  handrails