If you’re thinking of selling your home in Holmdel, NJ you need to show like a prom queen.  There are still many homes on the market today that are competitively priced but do not show well.  There are 3 factors that sell homes in any market.  They are price, condition and location.  Just think back when you bought your home.  What made you put that offer in?  Was it the new carpet, fresh paint or maybe the beautiful landscaping?                                                                                                                                                     

Home staging is usually the cheapest and fastest way to get your home ready to list.

A fresh coat of paint is always a good idea.  Stick to neutral colors. Make sure your moldings are done in a high gloss white so they pop.  If you have popcorn ceilings (which I do, with sparkles and I paid $2,000 to do them in 2001, huge mistake) take them down.  You can get someone to hang a new ceiling much cheaper than scraping the popcorn off.  Clean, clean, clean!  With a gallon of Clorox Cleanup you can work miracles.                 

If your basement is damp and musty, get a dehumidifier.  Run it constantly and make sure you empty it often.  Carpet Fresh the carpets and if the basement has windows leave, them open on nice days to air it out.          

If you can’t afford to do any work in your kitchen make sure your appliances are cleaned inside and out. Especially the oven.  Polish your wood cabinets with a good heavy polish (I like Waxman, you can find it in every supermarket).                                                                                                                                          

Clean up the clutter.  Get all the junk out of the corners and closets.  If your house is cluttered how is a buyer going to see their stuff in there?                                                                                                                            

Curb appeal is most important. Pull your weeds. Plant some flowers or get some hanging plants.  Make sure your driveway is free of dirt. Take a hose and hose off the pollen.                                                                                    

A clean home inside and out will sell quicker than a dirty home.                                                                                      

If your home has been on the market a long time and you are priced right but still haven't had any offers ask your realtor for some advice.                                                                                                                              

Please don't take it personnel.  In today’s market you have to pull out all the stops to compete with all the homes in your price range.                                                                                                                                                  If you’re thinking of putting your home for sale in Holmdel, NJ, or if you need any advice, feel free to call me at 732-433-9117 or email me at mariegentile@gmail.com                                                                        

Happy Cleaning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!