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3 Home Selling Tips for Empty Nesters

As your children move out of the house and you are left with an empty nest, you may consider selling the family home.

As your children move out of the house and you are left with an empty nest, you may consider selling the family home. Many people don’t need such a large home once the children are gone, and the extra money can come in handy as you approach retirement age.

It is not difficult to sell your home, but you must do a few things if you want to sell your home more easily and gain as much from the sale as possible. Here now are three home selling tips for empty nesters.

Home selling tips for empty nesters #1

Paint your home

Before selling your home, it’s important to take the time to repaint it. A fresh coat of paint makes your home feel newer, which is more appealing to buyers, and increases its value.

Paint can be expensive, but it is well worth it in terms of how quickly you can sell your home and how much you are likely to get for it. Many people defray the costs by asking friends to come to a “painting party,” in which they all paint the home together and then share a meal rather than hiring professional painters to paint their homes. That, or you can get your kids to do it for some pizza.

Home selling tips for empty nesters #2

Clean up the clutter

Not only is clutter an eyesore, but it makes it harder to move out of your home because there’s so much stuff you have to go through and pack. You should clear out clutter before you begin to sell your house. This will make your house seem roomier and more attractive; in addition, you will save time since you would have to clean out the clutter before you move out anyway.

Once you’ve sifted through all the things you don’t need, you may want to hire somebody to do a professional cleaning. Cleaning your home professionally will remove dust, dirt, mold and other unsightly things that may interfere with the sale of your home.

Home selling tips for empty nesters #3

Consider “staging”

There are myriad professional home stagers throughout the United States and they can help you to rearrange or rent furniture to make the home look as welcoming as possible to potential buyers.

Although you will be taking your furniture with you when you move, buyers can get ideas about what they might be able to do with the home if you stage it appropriately. In addition, they will feel more comfortable about buying your home if they feel welcome and comfortable while browsing.

Staging can cost anywhere from a couple of hundred to a couple of thousand dollars, but it is well worth it if you want to command a high price for your home.

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