Getting an outside opinion on your home

There’s a reason best-selling authors have an editor and Stephen Spielberg has a separate cinematographer. Even if you know exactly what you’re doing, it’s helpful to have a second set of eyes to point out the things you just don’t see. This is particularly true if you’re preparing your house for sale.

If you're selling your home, it’s likely that you’ll have to do some work to fix it up before it goes on the market. Often, this is necessary to sell it at the price you want. The remodeling process, however, can be expensive. Because it’s likely you’ll be working within a budget, it’s important to be very selective about what you choose to fix or improve.

You might have an idea of what needs to be worked on, but it doesn’t hurt to bring in someone else for a second, third or fourth pair of eyes on that property.  

How to get your house ready to sell: Ask your friends

It might be time to call up your friends and tell them they finally have a chance to tell you everything they don’t like about your house. Yes, the time for politeness has passed and the moment of truth has arrived!

All joking aside, if your friends are willing to do some role playing and step into the shoes of a potential buyer, they will do you an invaluable service. Have them come up with their own list of things they are looking for in a house and ask them to point out any red flags that would turn them away. After they walk through the house, have them give you a report and see how your house measures up.

Of course, if you’re looking for opinions, there’s no better place to look than the internet. Try using the power of social media by posting pictures of your house and asking for suggestions about how you can spruce things up.

The more people you can get to weigh in, the better. If you see certain patterns emerge, you'll know more about how to prepare your house for sale.

Finally, to understand trends and what buyers are really looking for, be sure to talk to a realtor. They have valuable insights that go beyond opinions. If you’re looking for this kind of expert advice, talk to a Coldwell Banker Hedges Realtor® today for pointers on how to get top dollar for your home.

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