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13 Inexpensive Ways to make your Home worth More by Karen Martin 
A Home Sellers Guide 

   I understand not everyone has the time, money & resources but there are small things you can do to that cost nothing that will help sell your home quicker and for more money. 
Using my experience showing homes, I know which renovations help sell a home, and which don't.  If you are thinking of Selling your home in MA or RI. I'm happy to provide a No cost Staging Consultation and Top Dollar Marketing Plan which includes your Home's Value. 

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1. Get rid of clutter. Throw out stacks of newspapers and  magazines. Leave plenty of counter space for the home buyers to see in the kitchen & bath .     Throw or give away anything you no longer use or want to move!  Clean out the garage & basement. Have a yard sale!

2. Wash your windows & screens
 to let more natural light inside. Consider removing curtain panels & leave just valances to let in even more light especially to show off a great view. 

3. Keep everything extra clean. Wash fingerprints from light switch plates. Mop & wax floors. Clean the stove & refrigerator. A clean house makes a better first impression & convinces home buyers that the home has been well cared for. Pay particular attention to the kitchen & baths.
4. Smells- Clean carpeting and drapes to eliminate cooking odors, smoke, & pet smells. Open windows if possible. Try not to let anyone smoke in the home the day of a showing. Pet smells can be tricky. There are charcoal odor & must absorbing bags you can buy at HomeDepot to throw under your sofa & chairs that work very well.  ( Also sold at ) 

5. Put higher wattage bulbs in light sockets to make rooms seem brighter, especially basements & other dark rooms. Replace any burnt out bulbs.

6. Make minor home repairs that can create a bad impression. Small problems, such as sticky doors, torn screens, cracked caulking, or a dripping faucet, may seem trivial, but it will give the buyer the impression that the home wasn't well maintained.

7. Fresh interior & exterior paint
is, dollar for dollar, the most profitable improvement home sellers can make. Paint using neutral colors but not white, it appears too harsh. This is my #1 Recommendation to get you Top Dollar !  Painting Instantly freshes up a room. It's the biggest bang for your buck. 

8. If your budget allows, Install new light fixtures - instantly updates a room.
9. Replacing worn carpets or flooring - Ask your real estate professional for advice. Once in a slow market I listed a home and the seller did not want to finish the hardwoods.  After a few weeks she did have the floors done, I advertised Gleaming Hard wood flooring held an Open House and Voila the home was Sold !  Yet I have to say in certain homes I may advise against installing new carpets or flooring. 
10. Tidy up your yard. Cut the grass, rake the leaves & trim the bushes. Put planters or Plant a few bright flowers near the entryway. Home buyers will drive by first then decide if they want to see the inside. You only get 1 First Impression. 

11. Patch holes in your driveway & reapply sealant, if applicable.

12. " Stage " the home to sell. I am a Certified Home Marketing Stager, I will advise and help you to Stage your home to sell quicker & for more Money, It's inexpensive & fun!

 13. Beautify the front entrance. Clean up leaves & cobwebs. Paint the front door if needed. Place down a new welcome mat (a black one to hide dirt & mud ) add a colorful planter. 1st impressions mean a lot!

 Once the home is prepared and Staged,  then we can take Beautiful Photos and Aerial Drone photos to highlight your home's best Features. 
 Staging the home to sell is a Valuable Service I provide and is part of my Top Value Home Marketing Plan, 

*** When choosing a Real Estate Agent, hire an experienced agent with local knowledge. An agent with an aggressive marketing plan both in print & on-line. Hire An agent that works full time, some agents work part - time treating your Real estate sale as a hobby. You need an agent who will be serious about selling your home, Your biggest asset.

Aurthor Karen Ann Martin ~ REALTOR and Westport Resident. 
Karen offers her clients Professional Real Estate Sales Consultanting and Home Staging Services
Her company Safe Harbor Realty has earned the trust of the Westport community. 
Karen says  Contact me with any questions you may have, Every situation is different I am always happy to advise the best move for you.

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What our clients are saying  

Karen was fantastic. She did a great job staging, marketing, and photographing my house. It was so great I got a fantastic offer on my house. Highly recommend her. From Karen - Eddie received $45,000 over asking price for his home. He was thrilled!


~ Eddie Papa

Karen sold my mom's home in Dartmouth for me everything was up front and open she did all the foot work and paper work I had no time to do . She handled all of the details perfectly she called me at every turn to keep me in the loop she helped me make good decisions that needed to be made I was so satisfied with her professional and personal skills I recommended her to friends. Sousa Family Dartmouth Ma * update from Karen- I was able to help Sue sell her home in Dartmouth MA and move closer to her son and grandchildren.


~ Sousa Family

We have bought & sold quite a bit of properties over the last 35 years & have had the fortune of working with some very fine Real Estate agents. We had a property for sale that didn't sell last year and Karen contacted us, telling us she could sell our property. We lived out of state and hadn't done much work on it, other than repairs & maintenance. It was in need of extensive remodeling and the septic system needed to be replaced. Karen focused on the positives in her Marketing of the property and got quite amount of interest in the property. She was relentless & must have showed that property 2 dozen times until she found the perfect match for our property. It was by far the hardest sale of the year for her, but her determination paid off. Like we said in the beginning , we have worked with some very fine Real Estate agents over the years, but none as determined as Karen. If you want your property sold, Karen will sell it for you. We highly recommend her !!!! Gordon & Janice


~ Gordon & Janice

" Karen worked very hard for us, Selling our home in Freetown, then helping us find a new home in Westport, We want to thank her for everything she has done to make the transaction seem easy. We will be recommending her to our family & friends." -The Edwards Family, Westport, MA


~ Edwards Family

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