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As I write this blog ... there were 964 homes listed for sale in Clearwater on the MLS. So if you wish to sell your home and have it stand out from the crowd, it won't do to simply throw a sign out in the yard and hope for the best. The goal in a home sale is to get the best possible price while minimizing time on market and aggravation. In order to accomplish this, proper preparation is a must. Here are the things you can do to prepare your Clearwater home to be sold in a short period of time.

Landscape and Exterior

First impressions mean everything and prospective buyers must at least get through the front door or nothing will happen. Take some time to freshen up your home's exterior and landscaping to improve its curb appeal. Get rid of dead plants and replace them with fresh shrubs and flowers. Make sure that the grass is green and well-trimmed. Pressure wash the driveway and the home's exterior to vanquish years of dirt and grime. If you wish to go the extra mile and your home's exterior needs it, consider a fresh coat of paint.

Declutter and Clean

When someone steps in to view a home for the first time, it should feel clean and inviting. The stacks of shoes that you normally keep by the door need to disappear. Likewise, personal items and any other clutter in the home should be removed. Homebuyers will be looking to your floors, ceilings, and walls first. If they are unable to see these because of clutter, the...

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Landscaping is the first thing that potential buyers see when they arrive at your home, and it can have a positive or negative impact. Your landscaping even reflects well or poorly on other homes that are in your neighborhood — which is why many homeowner's associations have such strict landscaping rules. So landscaping is definitely an important aspect of your home, but just how much does it affect your home's value?

Economist John Harris says that good landscaping can increase your home's value by up to 28 percent. A study completed by Clemson University suggested that even taking your landscaping from good to great can increase the value of your home by between six and seven percent. However, this doesn't mean that you should complete huge landscaping jobs simply to sell a house, unless you bought the house at an extremely low price, you aren't likely to get back the money that you put into the landscaping.

If you are going to improve your home's landscaping in order to increase the overall value of your house there are a few things that you should consider. Trees add the most value to your home. In fact, the National Tree Benefit Calculator will even tell you how much your trees are worth. More importantly, trees scan save you money and help conserve energy. According to the U.S. Department of Energy three properly placed trees can save households between $100 and $250 per year. In addition to trees, you...

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