Have you considered putting your house on the market, or is it already there and you’re wondering how to get it to sell?  Well, as with any sale (yourself, business, real estate, used items), you must make it stand out.  What is it about what YOU have to offer that is different from the rest?  If it’s the same as the others, they will pass on by until they find something that catches their eye.  Now, that doesn’t mean doing something crazy—that might just get them running in the opposite direction.  So, to help you, I have found a few tips from msn to help you out.

Online appeal- Most people these days are found searching on-line these days.  Make sure your photographs are at their best!!

First impressions- Curb appeal, curb appeal, curb appeal—it can’t be imphasized enough.  Whether through a picture or not, that’s the first thing you see when you check out a house.  And, as we all know…first impressions are everything (no matter the situation).  “Does it need to have sand, dirt or pebbles swept clean?  Does it need to have leaves, cigarette butts or other debris cleaned up? Are there weeds or grass growing in the cracks and crevices of your curbs and sidewalks? Concrete curbs (sidewalks, driveways, etc.) that are badly cracked or broken should be replaced.  You’ll be amazed at how other things in your yard start taking on a much more attractive look.” — Curb Appeal

“If the house is small, remember if you plant your bushes and trees at the corners of the exterior the house appears much larger.” — B. Glass

“Curb appeal is huge, especially in the winter when sidewalks are icy and snow-covered. If you take time to shovel and salt your sidewalks, the home looks like it’s been taken care of even when the buyers can’t see the lawn under the foot of snow covering it. In the spring and summer, lawn ornaments are a no-no, and a quick driveway resealing is inexpensive and works wonders for the drive-by appearance of your house.” — Waddle

Keep it clean- Would YOU buy a house that was dirty???  The first thing I want to do is run out of there–epspecially when you can smell the dirt!  All I can think is, oh man, it will be soo much work to get this place cleaned up and ready to move in.  The last house I bought was heavily influenced because it stated in the discription (and was obviously so), meticulously clean.  This lady had an all white house (carpet, walls, decor), and I was so impressed.  Now, after purchasing it I realize how unrealistic white carpet is (especially with kids), but when you’re in awe, you just imagine living your life as they do (like maybe they’ll come clean your house for you…or maybe their cleanness will rub off on you if you buy the house—yeah right!). ““Clean: Believe it or not, this can make your home more valuable. Either do it yourself or hire a cleaning service to come in and deep-clean your house. Nobody buys a dirty shirt. Why would they buy a dirty house?” — mpharnish

I love this lady—““When we found out we were going to move, I followed the best advice given to us:  Make your house look like a very comfortable, expensive hotel room — clean, uncluttered and not like anyone else has ever been there. We rented a storage unit and moved close to 75% of our belongings into it, including everything in the attics, and cleared out the closets to only those clothes we would need in two weeks. We sold in one day, $5,000 above our asking price. … However, it took a lot of work. I literally cleaned the tracks of the windows with Q-tips — total craziness!” — anlatima

The smell factor- This you have to be careful about.  You don’t want strong scents that make people think you’re covering up something—or are offensive to people’s noses and want to get out.  You want, clean, airy and possibly slightly sweet smell in your house. ““As far as candles and cookies and such … you really can’t leave those things going in the house while you’re gone. So you have to count on cleanliness and clean-smelling things to do the trick while you’re away. No. 1: Don’t allow any smoking in the house while it’s on the market.  To help with other typical smells, I’d recommend the following. For the bathroom: Try swabbing the toilet daily with a little squirt of dishwashing liquid or clean-smelling shampoo. For the kitchen: Run some ice and dishwashing liquid in the garbage disposal daily. For carpets: Steam clean. Then steam clean again. I’d think that all things being equal, most folks could live with a paint color that wasn’t to their taste for a few months after moving in. But no one would pay top dollar for a house that appears ill-maintained and smells just plain weird!” — wecanhope

No surprises- “Operating costs: Have reasonably accurate information on the costs of your home taxes, annual heating bills, along with documentation of any recent major repairs or upgrades such as a new roof or new wiring or plumbing.” — Coldwell Banker Terrequity

Precision pricing- “What makes a home stand out is price. … This is a business deal. Price it right and then pray.” -– Grandpa Frank

Hopefully these tips will help you as you set out on your next venture in life.  Here is to Le Dolce Vita (the good life)!

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