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May 27, 2013

Small touches can help house sell faster

PLATTSBURGH — On the market … get set … sold! 

Tis the season for selling your home. But there are some actions you can take to help it move a bit faster, experts say.

“There’s a lot of inventory right now,” said Heather Wright, a real-estate agent with Fesette Reality. “But the gap is slowly closing between buyer and seller.”

Springtime is a good time to buy — or at least start looking.

“Get your ducks in a row,” Wright said. “And, by that, do your financing now. A lot of people like to buy and close in summer because of the school year.”

Wright says there are a few steps you can take both inside — what’s called staging — and outside — better known as curb appeal — to sell your house faster.

PLAY UP ASSETS

Tip No. 1: Accentuate the positive.

“Exemplify the nice things about your property,” Wright said.

“Don’t ignore the weaknesses, but downplay them if you can.”

The biggest home-buying positives?

“Kitchens and baths,” Wright said. “They’re also the biggest house-buying negative.”

SMALLER UPGRADES

Wright says that if you can’t afford a major renovation, there are still options that will make a difference.

“If your wood cabinets are dated and old, give them a fresh coat of paint,” she said. “White paint will really brighten up a kitchen.”

Replace the hardware, as well.

“That’s a very simple, inexpensive fix,” Wright said.

Another easy fix: Change the covers on light switches and electrical outlets.

In fact, a fresh coat of paint throughout the whole house goes a long way. And stick to neutral colors.

“These quick fixes can make your house go from 1970 to 2013,” Wright said. “And there’s a big difference between retro and dated.”

CUT THE CLUTTER

The next big tip? Remove yourself.

“De-clutter and de-personalize,” Wright said. “This is equally as important as the simple fixes.”

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