First steps in selling your home

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Selling a home is no easy task, and it should be approached with a level head. Before placing a home on the market for sale there are countless things a homeowner can do ahead of time to increase the likelihood of a successful sale.

When a prospective buyer comes into a house, it is crucial to give them the right first impression so they can see themselves living there. “It’s hard to put away personal belongings and pictures with memories,” says Gina Kimball, Realtor at Coldwell Banker. “But when selling, it is a great idea to allow the prospective buyer to visualize their belongings in the home.”

In most cases there are a variety of home-improvement projects that can be done to “spruce up” a home for prospective buyers. If a person is considering selling their house, it is time for them to address any of the small projects and minor repairs that may have been placed on the back burner.

A simple fix any homeowner can invest in is a new paint job. It may not seem like much, but a fresh layer of paint does wonders in presenting a clean home to prospective buyers. The only thing to remember is to choose modern, accessible colors that will appeal to anyone walking through the house.

Realtor Gina Kimball of Coldwell Banker says that taking the time to examine a home’s flooring, bathroom and kitchen will likely reveal a few things that could use an improvement or a replacement. It is important to remember that buyers — and their agents — will have a fresh pair of eyes that will notice the little things a homeowner may have grown used to.

Kimball also says many homeowners forget to maintain the appearance of their yard as they are selling their house. Even if they are no longer living in the house, a homeowner needs to keep up with regular mowing and weeding. This will give potential buyers the right impression before they even step foot into the house.

Finding a real estate agent that will walk you through the do’s and don’ts of selling your home is imperative to the process. A quality Realtor should be someone you can trust and will have your best interest at heart, says Kimball. They should be able to walk you

through the importance of any repairs that need to be made to provide you the best return on your investment. Repairing a crack in the ceiling could mean the difference between $100,000 and $150,000 and it is your Realtor’s job to guide you in that process.

Kimball described her role as a realtor to be more of a community servant. She said after an 18-year career in the Rapid City School District, “I decided to become a Realtor because I feel that I understand our community and Real Estate has allowed me another outlet to continue that service to others.”

You can learn more about Gina Kimball and the services she provides as a Realtor by visiting

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