Smart moves to attract buyers

Selling your home is stressful enough without having it languish on the market. Historically, the median time on the market is more than two months.But if you ignore some basics about presentation, you could find your house remains unsold while similar homes are snapped up by eager buyers.

Realtors in Ocala FL could use some tips here to ease your house selling.We consulted with real estate experts on easy, quick and frequently inexpensive ways you can make your home more attractive to house shoppers.Many of these fixes require a bit of elbow grease. But if it makes the difference in how fast you can move on and move out, that shouldn’t be a huge deal.

Put out a new welcome mat

Potential buyers linger the longest at the front entrance, focusing all of their attention here as their real estate agent retrieves the key from the lockbox.

Clean up the clutter

Start by clearing counter tops. Put away small appliances like toasters; clear makeup and other personal items in the bathroom. Too much stuff out in plain view can register as a lack of storage space to a buyer breezing through.Trinkets, knickknacks and personal collections should also be hidden from view.

Make it shine

Once you’ve cleared the clutter, it’s time to get down and dirty.A house that looks and smells clean is most attractive to would-be buyers, says John Price, a real estate agent with The Bouma Group of Ann Arbor, Mich.

Set the stage

That storage locker you rented for your clutter? Make sure it’s big enough to fit some of your furniture as well.Most sellers have too much furniture for their home.

Spruce up the kitchen

A top item on just about every buyer’s wish list is an updated kitchen.Seriously outdated appliances or ones that don’t match will definitely stick out and should be a priority. If you can do nothing else, consider replacing at least one appliance or buying an affordable stove-refrigerator-dishwasher package.

A coat of paint goes a long way

A fresh coat of paint is the easiest and most inexpensive way to freshen up your home for prospective buyers.

“A freshly painted room looks completely different than a room that’s been painted for 10 years,” says Ashley Jones, a Realtor with Town and Country Real Estate in Susanville, Calif.

Jones advises her clients to choose neutral colors, which appeal to a wider range of people — and buyers. So, while a bold red wall may excite some, others see it as a project that will require three coats of primer and then three coats of paint to cover.