Did you find out what? Home prices in Phoenix have gone up 5% every month in 2005 according to market experts! Some even predict that home prices could rise an additional 10% over the next year. The shortage of homes for sale and still relatively low interest prices are causing home prices to rise not just here in Phoenix but across the country. What does this mean? If you are thinking of selling your home, there is no better time than the present. Play along!

Okay, great, you say. I’m going to buy a For Sale By Owner sign, put it up in the front yard, and have an open house this weekend. I should have my house sold by the end of next week! Well, two months later, that “For Sale By Owner” sign is still out front and you have no buyer. Don’t think that just because there is a shortage of homes for sale that selling a home is a piece of cake. It may not be as easy as you think. Instead of using a real estate agent, you are determined to sell the house yourself. That’s fine and it’s possible. People do it all the time; however, what are some tips to help you prepare your home to sell? I did my research and found four minimum cost tips to prepare for your sale:

1. Cleaning. The first impression is always the lasting one. You want potential buyers to be impressed the moment they see your house from the street. Everything from the garden to the windows and all the rooms inside should be sparkling clean. And if you have a collection of, well, multiple collections of… things, it distracts the buyer and really takes away from the beauty of your home. If you can’t get rid of those items, store them in boxes. A potential buyer won’t be offended by a few full boxes in the house. Chances are they’re hoping you’re getting ready to move in anyway.

2. Deodorize. This goes hand in hand with cleaning your home and removing clutter. If your house smells bad, it won’t sell. If the house has been unoccupied for a while, there is nothing more offensive to a potential buyer than the smell of mold. Watch out for mold before showing the house. And you pet owners understand that your precious little pets that you keep indoors are not odorless. You’ve just gotten used to the smell. A potential buyer will pick up the pet order immediately. The same is true for cigarettes.

3. Repaint the house. Okay, so you might have enjoyed a blue kitchen, an orange living room, and a red bathroom. But your potential buyer may not be quite as cutting-edge. Experts agree that neutral colors are best for showcasing your home. Also take a second look at the decorations on the wall. Remove anything that might be offensive to your potential buyer.

4. Embrace the sun. I don’t particularly like the heat of Phoenix, but I do love the sun. It symbolizes laughter, happiness, brightness, optimistic and positive things. Open the blinds and curtains in your house and let the sunlight in!

Remember, you want to impress the potential buyer. By following these four simple tips, you can be one step ahead of the game in reducing the time it takes to sell your home. However, if you don’t have the time to sell the house yourself and don’t want to pay the cost of hiring a real estate agent, visit my website to read the free report, Sell Your House in Seven (7) Days in [http://www.adpropertyconsultants.com].

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