If you are thinking of selling your home in San Diego in 2012, your likely looking at the real estate market pricing and asking friends, co-workers, real estate professionals if the market will go up in 2012. In this blog post we will attempt to give you a few tips of getting the most money for the sale of you home. The most important tip is to engage the services of a professional realtor, it typically cost sellers thousands of dollars, time and heart ache when they don't. This is the single most important item to consider. In a time where we are DIY (do it yourself) generation, ask yourself when was the last time you sold a home? Have you sold one in this current market, where buyers are sharks looking for floundering sellers, now more than ever, you need an active agent with the skill and experience to market, negotiate, and help close the deal.

Here are some more tips...

Grading on the “Curb.”  “Curb Appeal” has never been more important than in a changing market. First impressions are everything and your home can be a masterpiece inside but if your outside is drab, dirty, cluttered or unkempt you can be sure that your prospective buyers will drive on by. Polish or replace hardware such as door knockers, knobs and light fixtures. Plant colorful flowers in the beds, trim hedges, keep your lawn tidy and consider a nice accent piece
for your porch. If your door looks faded or chipped, bring it back to life with a fresh “sand and paint” job.

Make Certain Your Home is Properly Staged.  Consider hiring a professional to “stage” your house before prospective buyers begin coming through your door, especially if your house has been vacant for a while. A professional stager will generally charge between $1,000 and $2,000, and arrange home furnishings so that prospects can more easily envision their own furniture in the house. At the same time, an experienced stager can add a touch of class to your home.