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Selling a home can be a hectic, time consuming experience. Baltimorecityrealestate.com has put together the following home selling tips to help ease the process of selling your Baltimore home.

Curb Appeal
Take a look at your home and compare it to others in the neighborhood. Does your home have curb appeal? Consider making cosmetic repairs and improvements. The following improvements will help add curb appeal to your home:
  • Landscaping - Rake up leaves, prune trees, add mulch, pull weeds, and cut the grass.
  • Paint - Make sure your home has been painted recently and has no areas where paint is peeling or faded.
  • Gutters - Clean gutters of any debris.
  • Masonry - Fill any cracks around foundation areas, steps, patios, and driveways.
  • Front Door - Pay particular attention to the front door. It is often the first thing the potential home buyer sees, and therefore the first impression of your home. Consider painting it or replacing it if it is in really bad condition.
  • Railings - Secure any loose railings
  • Flowers - Add flowers where appropriate.

Repairs / Improvements
Do a thorough walkthrough of every room in your house. Make a list of any repairs or improvements that may have been neglected over the years. Pay particular attention to the following items:
  • Leaky faucets - Repair any leaks, clean any water stains caused by leaks. Replace any corroded faucets or plumbing fixtures. Potential home buyers often walk through a property a turn on every faucet and fixture and will easily notice leaks or faulty fixtures.
  • Faulty Wiring - Fix any faulty wiring. Be sure all switches work.
  • Register Covers - Replace any rusted or chipped vent covers.
  • Carpet - Replace any stained or soiled carpet. Carpets that aren't stained too bad can be steamcleaned. Steamcleaners can be rented inexpensively from most Home Improvement Retailers.
  • Paint - Paint any rooms needing paint. Also paint any walls with bright or unusual paint colors. Repaint them with a more neutral color, more likely to appeal to a broader range of potential buyers. Painting is one of the most inexpensive ways to add visual appeal to your home.
  • Light Fixtures - Replace any outdated light fixtures. Be sure all light fixtures have working bulbs.

Cleaning
Be sure to give your home a thorough cleaning. Clean the entire house including bedrooms, bathrooms, closets, etc. Consider hiring a professional cleaning service. Cleaning services are great at removing stubborn stains, and getting rid of years of dirt and dust.

Remove Clutter
After years of living in a house, homeowners tend to accumulate a lot of personal items. Removing clutter from counters, shelves, floors, and closets will add to the visual appeal of your house as well as make it feel roomier. Hold a yard sale to get rid of any unwanted items. Take any items that don't sell to a charity.

Choose an Experienced, Licensed, Real Estate Agent
Selling a home is a full-time job. Unless you are unemployed or can afford to take some time off work, it is important to have an experienced real estate agent to help you sell your home. If you are interested in saving money, discuss the terms of the agreement. The terms of the listing agreement can be setup to accommodate most home sellers. Some agents are willing to agree to lower commissions if home sellers pay for some or all of the advertising costs. Agreements can also be setup on a sliding scale where the agent receives a lower commission if the home is not sold within the first few months.
    In the real estate business, typically 10% of the agents do 90% of the business. Here are a few questions to ask to help you find the best agent to sell your property:

  • Plan - Ask the potential agent what his or her plan is for selling your property. How will they help insure that the house sells quickly at a fair price?
  • Experience - How long has the agent been working in real estate?
  • Area Knowledge - How well does the agent know the area? How many houses have they sold in the area? Do they live in Baltimore?
  • Resources / Tools - Ask the agent what tools or resources the agent has available to them to help sell your property.
  • Marketing - Do the agent have a marketing plan? What percent of the sale price do they typically allocate for marketing?

Setting a Fair Price
All homeowners want to get the maximum price for their property. A price that is too high will cause the property to sit on the market for many months and can actually cost you more due to the expense of holding the property. It might also force you to reduce the price later, making potential buyers wonder what is wrong with the property.

Find an experienced real estate agent familiar with your neighborhood and ask them to do a Competitive Market Analysis of your property. A Competitive Market Analysis is like an evaluation of your property designed to help you set a price for your property. Click here for a free Competitive Market Analysis. Also consider the following factors when setting a price for your home:
  • Average Sale Prices of Homes in Your Neighborhood
  • Prices of Comparable Homes Currently on the Market
  • Demand in your Neighborhood
  • Schools
  • Size of Home
  • Size of Lot
  • Amenities