Kathy Henne: Launch an offensive

When you’re ready to sell, step up and make your home stand out to attract attention. Without spending a fortune, sellers can easily highlight several of their home’s features.

First, beat buyers to the punch with a pre-listing home inspection. By discovering and fixing problems before buyers ever see the home, you can impress them with a worry-free, move-in-now opportunity. Leave your repair receipts out during showings, so that buyers can see all the improvements you’ve made just for them!

Once the mechanical and structural features of your home have been addressed, move on the aesthetic details. First impressions count, so make sure your home is inviting from the curb. Spiff up the landscaping, paint, entry way, and windows.

Inside, pay attention to bath and kitchen details, because those rooms are often most important when buyers are making a decision. Aside from deep cleaning, consider updating bath and kitchen features with new and contemporary drawer pulls, faucets, and even light fixtures.

Finally, get a jump on your moving by organizing your closets and ditching or packing all you possibly can. A good guideline is to reduce your closets to half-full, so that the buyers can easily picture the space for their own storage needs. Every buyer is looking for a bigger closet than they have now.

A few “preemptive strikes” will help you to attract buyers and their offers, so ask your real estate agent for tips today!