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    North of NYC North of NYC By Houlihan Lawrence By Houlihan Lawrence by

    Preparing your home for sale can help you sell more quickly. Why?

    In this competitive marketplace, there are alot of homes for sale in every price range.  Before you list your home for sale, take a step back and think about your property in a different light. How would a potential buyer view your home?

    Don’t think of it as your home but rather as a product to be marketed. Be objective as possible and ask yourself if you would buy this house.

    Be brutally honest. Overlooking flaws you’ve grown used to may end up costing you money. Make any necessary repairs prior to putting your home on the market.

    Check out your competition and do whatever is necessary to make your home stand out. Be sure to focus on both the inside and outside of your house and pay attention to curb appeal. It’s more important than you think.

    Depersonalize your home. Buyers need to be able to envision themselves living in the house. Displaying a few family photographs is fine but if you have a lot, box some up in preparation of your move.

    Finally, consider a professional home inspection. A licensed inspector will likely uncover any major defects that you can repair before they become an issue with a potential buyer.

    Remember – you only have one chance to make a first impression – be sure to make it a great one!