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Mary Lou Gordon

When you are considering selling your Tampa Bay home you definitely want to get top dollar in the soonest possible timeline. But did you know there are a few updates you may want to consider that can not only earn you a higher sales price but also help you get interested lookers to turn into buyers faster?

bigstock-House-made-of-tools-to-symboli-14752310 #1 | Remove any signs of the season

When staging your home to sell, you need to make sure that no particular season is represented. One buyer might want to picture what the home will look like in the summertime, while another might be more a fan of spring or fall. No matter where they are coming from, you don’t want to ask them to look past your seasonal decorations to picture their own stuff in your home. Instead, when you stage, remove all clutter and any sign of personal touches. You don’t want your home to look bland, but you also don’t want it looking so much like YOUR home that they can’t see themselves in it.

#2 | Fresh paint in high traffic areas

When most people move into a new home, they expect to do a bit of painting. Mainly a color here or there to make it more their own. However, you can do yourself a world of good by freshening up the paint in high traffic areas such as the foyer, halls, living room and kitchen. Plus, take some time to put a fresh coat of paint on your baseboards, chair rails and other trim. These areas can take a real beating over the years, and a fresh coat of paint can make a world of difference.

#3 | Check your flooring

While it might be tempting to be open to offering a credit if your flooring could use upgrading, in many cases this is not the best strategy. Remember, you are trying to make a great impression. Which would work best for you: a floor that needs some work or one that really has that WOW factor?

If you have tile, invest in a good tile and grout cleaning. You will not believe how new you can make your tile and grout look. However, if you have wood flooring, invest in a good strip and wax. The difference will blow you away and is sure to grab your buyers’ attention.

For carpet, don’t look to break the bank. Try a good cleaning first, but, especially in high traffic areas, you may want to consider new, neutral colored carpeting. A small amount of cash invested up front could make a huge difference in your sales price.

#4 | Light up your property

Take a look at your light fixtures. Have they been updated in the last decade? If not, think about getting some newer, inexpensive looks to bring your property up to current style standards. For many homebuyers, one look at the lighting is a great, shorthand, way to determine when the home was last renovated. But you don’t have to stop inside. Installing a few solar powered lights along the driveway or walkway out front can make a huge difference in your curb appeal.

What are some of the things you plan to update before selling your home?

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Mary Lou Gordon

Mary Lou Gordon


Mary Lou Gordon grew up in Tampa, Florida. She dreamed of being on Broadway and studied dancing and voice for many years. When the time came her parents had another plan and talked her out of it. She spent four years seeing the world as a flight attendant for Pan Am Airways. Her passion at the time of her life was yacht racing. Her position was working the foredeck which is one of the toughest position in the crew. After enough flying and living out of a suitcase she settled back in Tampa. She has been a realtor for 30 years and has enjoys all aspects of the job. However, her most rewarding job is being a mother of two great children and a wife. When not selling real estate you will most likely find her in one of three places: the golf course, beautiful Clearwater beach or in her garden. "I love living in Florida and take every opportunity to get out and enjoy the wonderful weather."

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