NEW YORK (NBC) - When it comes to selling your house you want to get every penny you can, but that takes some work, and it can also take some money.
The people selling the house in the video are not leaving it up to chance. They want to make sure the house has just the right appeal.
Kurt Wannebo, Real Estate Broker, says, "De-clutter as much as possible and arrange furniture so everything looks very roomy."
Today they call that "staging;" setting up the home so it appeals to the imagination of a potential buyer.
"We've had to put lots of stuff into storage." Dennis Ellman knows what it's like to stage his home, and sometimes it means setting aside your own personality, and hauling things away.
"People really want to imagine what it might look like,” said Ellman. “So we have to put our furniture into storage. We get a pod and just start filling the pod."
"Take out excess furniture that you don't need and use every day, like, extra chairs in a living room and maybe keep the one couch there," said Wannebo.
Wannebo says once you've cleared out, or opened up the house, you need to think about the paint, adding a very simple, almost bland color. "You want to create a flow to the home that's very neutral and basic."
Cleaning the house and the windows should be obvious, but it's sometimes neglected. As for the flooring, think clean, think new and think doing it on a budget.
"Where I’ve seen homeowners invest a couple of thousand dollars and the return was they actually received 10, 20, 15-thousand dollars more on their final sales price," said Wannebo.
So while you're making those little changes on the inside of the house like painting and staging, don't forget about the outside of the house.
"Color really ads pop to yards and really create an inviting feeling,” said Wannebo.
Add flowers inside and out. Trim the bushes and add a new layer of bark. In many ways, it's the little things that sell a house, and your ability to think less like a homeowner and more like a buyer.
"And try to appeal to as many buyers as you possibly can, and stop worrying about appealing to your self and living in the home," said Wannebo.
A couple more cheap ideas that will pay off in the long run; buy new towels and put them in the bathroom and kitchen, set the dining room table but take away most of the chairs, and if you have a big bed in a small bedroom, take it out, and add a much smaller bed.
It will make the room look a lot bigger.
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