With a population of just over 8,000 residents, the community of Livingston, Montana, may be small, but it certainly packs a big punch. Certainly, no one appreciates Livingston and the surrounding area more than the locals. Residents know the value of living in "Big Sky Country," and they wouldn't have it any other way.
With the majestic mountain vistas in the background, the rugged foliage dotting the landscape, and the hypnotic pull of the Yellowstone River, the region is a nature lover's dream. Both residents and visitors love the area for its world-class fly-fishing, the opportunities for kayaking and rafting, the hiking trails complete with breathtaking views, and the chance to enjoy some of America's remaining unspoiled topography.
While the region offers some of the most incredible natural elements in the country, for one reason or another, sometimes local homeowners must part ways with their rugged mountain retreat. For homeowners selling a house for the first time, it's not uncommon for their lack of experience to subject them to some common pitfalls associated with the home-selling process.
To this end, we've compiled a list of common issues sellers often overlook, along with suggestions on how to overcome them. After reviewing and applying our tips, our clients can feel confident as they go through the selling process with minimal stress, with the end goal of eventually being rewarded with the generous offer their beautiful property deserves.
1. Overlooking the benefits of landscaping
Power washing the surfaces can make your home look new if the exterior walls are particularly grimy. In some cases, simply sweeping the porch or front entrance and arranging some attractive flowers and plants is enough to spruce up the exterior space. If you have very little in the way of attractive landscaping, you may want to consult with a local nursery or landscaper who can provide tips on how to make your yard look more attractive.
Overall, the more your property's appearance says, "I'm move-in ready," the less prospective buyers will have to do before they settle into their new abode.
2. Displaying a "lived-in" look
Giving rooms a good cleaning by washing windows, removing grime from walls, cleaning carpets and floors, and removing clutter from furniture and appliances all help to freshen and brighten interior spaces. Removing grime and mildew and cleaning carpets also help to remove odors and improve the air quality in your home. Once again, by cleaning early in the selling process, visitors will tend to focus on how little they have to do before they move in.
3. Ignoring repairs
Sellers may not even realize that a seemingly minor issue such as a torn window screen, a loose door knob, or a rusty drawer pull is off-putting to people. The homeowners may have long since dismissed such minutiae from their radar, but for a new owner, small issues represent something they'll have to address. Major repairs, such as a new roof or mysterious leaks that require an inspection to determine the cause, often lead people to simply move on to view another listing that requires much less effort to be move-in ready.
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