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Selling your home is stressful under normal circumstances. Many of us are selling a home without our spouse, or from afar and usually on a tight timeline! Don't you wish military orders would take in to consideration you have kids to get out of school, homes to sell and so many things to be organized!? While we cannot control orders, there are a few things that can be done to make selling your house a bit easier!

 

First you need to purge clutter and depersonalize your home. Depersonalize sounds so harsh, but you want the potential buyers to be able to picture themselves in your home. Plus, you are likely preparing for a PCS anyway so just make this part of the packing process! It is important to take time to organize all areas that are going to be shown. Unfortunately, this does include all kitchen cabinets/Pantry and closets.

 

If you are leaving some items in your home, ensure to stage it inside and out. You want the family looking at your home to picture themselves sitting in your patio furniture enjoying a nice spring evening. Here are some home staging tips from HGTV.

 

Take lots of photos of your nicely staged home and post them along with your online house listing. A study by Trulia.com shows that listings with more than 6 pictures are twice as likely to be viewed by buyers as listings that had fewer than 6 pictures. Many other home owners recommenced including details about why you love your home and neighborhood. Along with including multiple photos, ensure your home is listed in as many places as possible (i.e. Zillow, Local Classifieds, Military by Owner, AHRN etc.)

 

You should also use your social circle to spread word about your fabulous home on the market. Post pictures and details about your home using Facebook (or any other social networking site) and invite your neighbors to on open house (they may have a friend looking to buy a home).

 

The last tip is to try to be as flexible and open as you can about showing your home. Homes that do not get shown do not get sold. You will be competing with foreclosures and short sales that have no tenants and can be shown on a moments notice. Keep that in mind when a last minute buyer wants to come see your house, gather up the kids and go hang out at a park or Starbucks, you never know if this might be the one to buy your home!

 

Please share your tips in the comments to selling a home!

 

Resources:

Article: Tips for selling your home in down market

Article: 13 Tips for Selling Your Home