First impressions play key role in real estate sale

Future-Proof: Navigate Threats, Seize Opportunities at ICNY 2018 | Jan 22-26 at the Marriott Marquis, Times Square, New York

One of the first things you should do if you're thinking about selling is to walk through your home and examine it with a critical eye. Imagine yourself as a buyer and force yourself to make mental note of all the imperfections you've ignored for years. Don't be surprised if you're overwhelmed by what you see. The drapes may be faded and frayed from years of sun exposure. If you have children or pets, the interior doors and baseboards may be nicked and need paint. Your furniture might be outdated and the floors might look worn. It may strike you that the place needs so much work that you ought to just move out, slap on a fresh coat of paint, redo the floors and sell the house vacant. Painting and floor refurbishing are good ideas. Renewing the interior surfaces of your home when you sell is one of the most cost-effective improvements you can make to increase your net proceeds. Buyers usually pay more for homes that are in move-in condition. However, selling a vacant home could resu...