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Need a Reality Check on Your Home Before You Sell? Here...

Still, when it comes time to sell your house, you need to take off those rose-tinted glasses and regard your house as a buyer would. Interview several real estate agents Sit down with a few real estate agents as you get ready to list your home. She often tells sellers that they should repaint in neutral shades, and nix all family photos. (Here's how to find a real estate agent in your area.) Hire a home inspector It also helps to hire a home inspector for a pre-inspection, says Samuel Pawlitzki with Beach Cities Real Estate in Malibu, CA. Consult with a home stager To get a fresh perspective, hire a home stager to provide professional feedback on how your home currently presents itself and what suggestions would make it more marketable. You can then either implement the advice the stager suggests yourself or, if it's too overwhelming, simply hire the stager to stage your home. Visit open houses in your area "Sellers don't learn," says Ian Slater, a licensed real estate salesperson with Compass, in New York City. By getting out there and looking at what's on the market. Then post those pictures on Facebook and Instagram to get multiple opinions from a large pool of friends.