Selling Your Home, Tinder Style

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Understanding Real Estate Options After struggling for years to figure out my finances, I finally made the decision to buckle down and start saving for a house. It was difficult at first, but I knew that I had to do whatever I could to get into a different place. I was tired of renting and I didn't want to live in someone else's house, so I began working with a real estate agent to figure things out. Within a few short months, I was able to find a great home that had the kinds of amenities I wanted. I decided to make a blog that reflected different real estate options people have, so here you are.

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Staging a home for sale is a lot like putting it on the dating market. The whole point is to make a good enough first impression to warrant a second look, and you can (and should) make your potential buyers want to swipe right. The trick is to play up your home's best attributes, and here you'll learn how to do that.

The first step in ensuring your home gets liked is to remove all evidence of past relationships. On Tinder this means making sure your ex's photos (or the tattoos of their name) aren't visible in your profile pic, and the same is true for your house. Your personal items only make it harder for buyers to envision themselves inhabiting the space. Pack up your clutter, clear out enough furniture to allow for free movement, keep things clean and tidy, and you're more likely to catch someone's eye.

Next comes cosmetics. You wouldn't post a profile picture without makeup or at least combing your hair, and you shouldn't list your house without updating the paint colors and weeding the flower beds. Experts agree that having an attractive house impresses buyers and makes a quick sale more likely. Simple things like painting trim inside and out, adding fresh mulch, and updating window coverings go a long way toward making your home desirable. 

So now you're thinking "what's left?" All that's left to do is take a great photo. If you've ever accidentally opened up your front camera when looking down at your phone you know, there is such a thing as a bad angle. Your home is no different. Would you put that horrible multiple-chin selfie as your dating profile picture? No, you delete that monstrosity immediately before it sees the light of day. Selling your house should be the same. Take photos on sunny days, and make sure to crop out the neighbor's sad lawn. Interior photos should showcase the best features of each room. Think wide-angle shots with open curtains. The closer you can get to a Better Homes and Gardens spread the better.

Now that you've got it in your mind that you're essentially trying to find a date for your house it should be fairly easy to make the right decisions in staging and marketing it. People are out there looking for The One in which to build their happily ever after, make sure your house makes the cut. 

If you're ready to say "sell my home", contact your local real estate agent today.

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