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    Shine the Best Light on Your For Sale by Owner


    No one is more invested in selling your home at its best price than you are! An owner showing the home offers a personal connection with potential buyers, allowing them to see the nuances and amenities of the home.

    While a "For Sale by Owner" may seem intimidating at first, MilitaryByOwner's free ebook, For Sale by Owner: Is It an Option for You? was created to walk you through the process of a FSBO, from considering listing your home to closing, including tips for preparing your home for sale such as the following helpful hints from our team of writers.

    Follow this handy checklist to ensure your property will show like a dream!

    1. Finish off that chore list. Determine what needs to be improved, in and around your property. Decide if you need to bring in professionals to complete projects on the following:

    • Flooring: Refinish hardwood floors or replace carpeting.
    • Painting: Paint rooms, trim, and use neutral colors in high traffic areas.
    • Lighting: Out of date? Change out light fixtures, if needed.
    • Windows: Tattered and torn window screens need to be replaced. Ensure window seals are airtight. Showcase natural light with attractive blinds or shutters.
    • Curb Appeal: Make a great first impression with updates to the front entry and landscape.

    2. Potential upgrades. With a focus on strategic repair or potential replacement of the following items, a buyer will feel more at ease when purchasing your property:

    • Roof
    • Electrical
    • Plumbing
    • Heater/Air Conditioner
    • Appliances
    • Kitchen and bathroom updates

    3. Items to disclose. The following are items a seller cannot change, but are issues that a buyer needs to be aware of:

    • Mold
    • Drainage
    • Foundation
    • Neighborhood Noise
    • School District
    • Local Traffic

    4. Shine a beautiful light on your home! Consider light tones of neutral colors when painting. Hang mirrors to reflect light and arrange lamps to help smaller rooms seem larger and large rooms more intimate. When showing your home, leave window treatments open to allow optimum natural light.

    5. Make it love at first sight. Consider how your property looks by doing a drive-by and ask yourself if the house looks welcoming or a place someone would love to come home to.

    6. Create a pleasing sense of curb appeal. Mow the lawn, sweep the front porch and sidewalk, and clean up flowerbeds of any weeds or dead plants. Plant new plants if the season allows. Trim shrubs and large trees. Consider any needed repairs to the front entry, fence, and porch.

    Make sure your property makes a good first impression by showing that your home has been loved and considering what a buyer is looking for when they tour your home, such as anything that may lead to further costs.

    For more helpful ideas like these to assist you in the For Sale by Owner process, download your FREE ebook today!

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    Jen McDonald


    Jen McDonald

    Jen McDonald is the Content Editor for MilitaryByOwner Advertising. She's a longtime writer, the author of the books You Are Not Alone: Encouragement for the Heart of a Military Spouse and Milspouse Matters: Sharing Strength Through Our Stories. Jen is also the host of the Milspouse Matters podcast, and has written hundreds of articles and essays which have been published in other books and numerous publications. She was a military spouse for 30 years and is the mom of four, including one son in the military. One of her happiest roles now is being a grandmother. She and her veteran Air Force husband have been stationed all around the world from Europe to the Pacific and won’t count how many houses they’ve lived in because that would be too depressing. Her passion is encouraging young military spouses and regularly sharing about topics like military life, parenting, homeschooling...and now grandparenting! See more from Jen at her site, Jen McDonald and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram , and Pinterest.

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