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Video:How to Sell Your House For the Most Money

with Nick Jaynes

To sell your home for the most money, be sure to prepare your house for the real estate market. This includes cost effective repairs, staging for buyers, and knowing your home's true market value.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Sell Your House For the Most Money

Hi I'm Nick Jaynes for About.Com and today I'm here to show you how to sell your house for the most money using the Homebuyer's Guide on About.com.

Clear Your Home of Clutter Before Selling

The first thing you want to do is go through your house and clean up all the clutter and junk. Throw out or donate any unnecessary items. Put all your essential daily items in boxes that can be stored when not in use. Also make sure to clean off everything on the kitchen counters, and ensure the cabinets are clean and nicely organized. Most buyers will snoop and inspect the cabinets when they come to look t the house. Make sure to clean out the refrigerator as well.

Next head to your bedroom and organize your closets. Make sure it is neat all your shoes are lined up and organized. Hang all your shirts together and limit the amount of clutter.

Painting and Kitchen Upgrades Are Cost Effective Home Repairs

Now that everything is clean lets start to think about what to fix up and repair so the house will look great, but won't put a hole in your wallet. The most cost effect improvement is painting the walls and ceilings. Buyers spend a lot of time inspecting the walls and ceilings. You want to make sure they are freshly painted and repair any holes or scratches.

In the kitchen remodels usually return 100%. Mid range kitchen remodels usually attract the most buyers. Make sure to resurface any older cabinets, replace doors, and if necessary add a coat of paint.In the bathroom, new floors, fixtures and lighting also pays off. Clean any rugs, mirrors and the shower or tub.

Stage Your Home

Staging your home for the open house will also play a big role in selling your house for the most money. Home staging is way beyond cleaning and decorating. It's about creating a welcoming mood for your house. Arrange furniture in an appealing group. Drape window coverings with simple lines. Add unique elements to shelving and bookcases to draw attention to it. Add mirrors to rooms to make them seem bigger, and use plants and flowers to decorate. Also make sure there is ample lighting.

Consult A Professional for Your Home's Real Estate Value

Finally, make sure you talk with a professional about how to price your home. You don't want to scare off potential buyers with an unreasonable price. Overpricing your home is one of the biggest mistakes a seller can make.

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