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3 simple tips for selling your house: 'It's like a first date'

When it comes to real estate, buyers and sellers can often use all the help they can get. So listen up, homeowners, because Josh Altman from the Bravo show “Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles” is dishing out tips to help you sell your home more quickly for the best price.

Finish all construction

Sometimes homeowners get so excited about selling a home that they push to list it while construction is still being completed. Big mistake, according to Altman, who says you will get more “bang for your buck” when potential buyers come see the home when it is finished.

“It’s like a first date,” he said. “First impressions are the most important.”

Stage it

Staging means furnishing the room to show how it can best be used. While it can cost a little extra to bring in staging experts, Altman says it’s worth it. 

“You can get more money if you stage the house,” he said.

If you don’t want to spend the cash having your entire home staged, consider just staging the living and dining rooms to help buyers imagine what their lives could be like if they lived in your home.

Listen to the experts

“Everybody thinks their house is the best house in the world,” Altman said. “Listen to the expert.” That means clearing out clutter, listening how to best showcase a room and being willing to think outside the box. 

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