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Quick fixes can make selling home faster, more profitable

Real estate agents weigh in on tips to make your home more presentable

SAN ANTONIO – Home sales are expected to reach an all-decade high this year. In San Antonio, summer sales are off to a strong start, and it always helps to make your home sale-ready when you’re thinking of passing it on to the next buyer.

When selling your house, first impression matters. So when preparing for prospective buyers, experts say to start with rooms that matter most to buyers: your kitchen and bathroom.

“Realtors surveyed by Consumer Reports said the costliest mistake a seller can make is ignoring grime, odors and clutter,” said Sara Morrow-Harcourt, with Consumer Reports.

Experts at Consumer Reports say to tighten loose handles and fix drippy faucets in the bathroom. If yours is outdated, real estate experts say money spent on a small countertop or new flooring for your bathroom can boost your price by two or three percent.

Lumber Liquidators’ Brazilian cherry porcelain tile is inexpensive and got top scores in Consumer Reports’ tests.

Realtors surveyed agreed that it doesn’t pay to paint all of your rooms. Just cover up bold colors and give your front door a coat of paint in a welcoming color.

Real estate experts said buyers want to imagine themselves living in the house, so pack away all your personal items and make sure the clutter is gone when your house is being shown.

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