Top eight tips to sell your house

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Re­gard­less of the size or price point of your home, you should se­ri­ously con­sider the fol­low­ing guide­lines for pro­duc­ing a sale in a timely man­ner and re­ceiv­ing the high­est price pos­si­ble. Your home should stand out in your neigh­bor­hood and price point. Im­ple­ment­ing the fol­low­ing tips I am sug­gest­ing will help you ac­com­plish your goal.

Let’s talk main­te­nance. Re­pair­ing any­thing that is in dis­re­pair­must be a pri­or­ity. Does your home need roof re­pairs or re­place­ment, ap­pli­ance re­pairs, re­place­ment of worn or soiled car­pet? Your home ba­si­cally should be move-in ready so that prospec­tive buy­ers can pic­ture them­selves do­ing just that.

First im­pres­sions are key to catch­ing a buyer’s at­ten­tion. I would guess that ev­ery­one knows this but first thing one should do is a deep clean­ing. This can begin out­doors. Add in­stant curb ap­peal with a clean, well-man­i­cured yard. Add fresh plant­ings. spring through fall, with col­or­ful blooms if pos­si­ble. Make sure shrubs and trees are prop­erly trimmed and healthy.

The next tip is one of prime im­por­tance and the hard­est to im­ple­ment. De-clut­ter­ing stumps many, per­haps be­cause clut­ter is a mov­ing tar­get. In other words, the def­i­ni­tion of clut­ter is sub­jec­tive. Dare I delve into such a sen­si­tive sub­ject? From the per­spec­tive of de­sign and the pur­pose of sell­ing, un­der­stand­ing that you will likely be living in your home while it’s on the mar­ket, this may be dif­fi­cult. With that said the daily rou­tine you have be­come ac­cus­tomed to, which also means hav­ing cer­tain items at your fin­ger­tips, will need to be or­ga­nized in some other fash­ion. Ac­ces­si­bil­ity and con­ve­nience are un­der­stand­ably im­por­tant. The TV re­mote, daily news­pa­per, Su­doku puz­zle book, and a hand­ful of fa­vorite pens and pen­cils oc­cupy the cof­fee ta­ble on a daily ba­sis. Th­ese items can be placed in an at­trac­tive con­tainer such as a dec­o­ra­tive wooden box or bas­ket with a lid. Per­sonal pho­tos, sports me­mora­bilia, cer­tifi­cates, and tro­phies should all be packed away in a clearly la­beled box. The pile of daily mail that ac­cu­mu­lates on your desk can also be stored in a dec­o­ra­tive con­tainer or tucked away in your desk drawer for easy ac­cess. An over­loaded book­shelf never presents well. Clear out cup­boards with any­thing not es­sen­tial, this is any­thing that isn’t used on a regular ba­sis. Pack away and mark clearly with room and con­tents. You can get by with a lot less than you think!

Freshen up the house with fresh paint! Use soft off-white tones; avoid stark white as it is al­most al­ways too abrupt. Don’t gen­der­ize rooms by paint­ing them pink or blue. The home’s en­trance should be invit­ing and well lit. Add ex­tra lay­ers of light with sim­ple at­trac­tive lamps, re­mov­ing fur­ni­ture if the room feels crowded. Keep ac­ces­sories sim­ple, ap­pro­pri­ately sized and well placed. Re­move items that block nat­u­ral light from win­dows and sky­lights. Best to you!

Lisa Sa­muel ASID, IIDA, is a Santa Fe na­tive and prin­ci­pal of Sa­muel De­sign Group, lo­cated in the heart of down­town Santa Fe. She is an award-win­ning in­te­rior designer known for cre­at­ing unique in­te­ri­ors im­bued with warmth and el­e­gance. Lisa (info@samuelde­sign­ is pas­sion­ate about good de­sign that sup­ports well-be­ing.

Sheers on the win­dows al­low this room to be bathed in light. Sim­ple ac­ces­sories and new light­ing add to the am­biance

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