Tips for Selling Your Home
Tip #1: Pricing it right
Unfortunately it doesn’t matter what you paid for a home, the current market is going to dictate what buyers are willing to pay. Price it too high and no one will want to look at it. Price it too low and you will be giving it away.
Tip #2 Half-empty closets
Storage is something every buyer is looking for and can never have enough of. Take half the stuff out of your closets then neatly organize what’s left in there. Buyers will snoop, so be sure to keep all your closets and cabinets clean and tidy.
Tip #3: Light it up
Maximize the light in your home. After location, good light is the one thing that every buyer says that they want in a home. Take down heavy drapes that block the natural light, clean the windows, increase the wattage of your light bulbs and cut any bushes outside that block the sunshine. Do what you have to do make your house bright and cheery – it will make it more sellable.
Tip #4: Conceal the critters
You would think a cuddly dog would warm the hearts of buyers but you’d be wrong. Not everybody is a pet lover. Buyers don’t want to walk in your home and see a bowl of food, smell a litter box or have pet hair stuck to their clothes. It gives some buyers the impression that your house is not clean. When showing your home, take your pets with you, and hide all signs of pets.
Tip #5: Don’t over-upgrade
Quick fixes before selling always pay off, mammoth makeovers, not so much. In some cases you probably won’t get your money back if you do a huge project before you put your house on the market. Instead, do updates that will pay off and get you top dollar. Get a new fresh coat of paint on the walls. Clean the curtains or go buy some inexpensive new ones. Replace worn door handles, cabinet hardware, make sure closet doors are on their tracks, fix leaky faucets and clean the grout.
Tip #6: Take the home out of your house
One of the most important things to do is to de-personalize it. The more personal stuff in your house, the less buyers can see themselves living there. Pack up a third of your stuff and put it in storage. This includes family photos, knick knacks, collections and personal keepsakes.
Tip #7: Accentuate the Positive
Staging spotlights your home’s best features while downplaying any problem areas. Start with cleaning which can include painting and rearranging furniture. The goal is to create a welcoming environment that’s easy for buyers to see as their own. You can hire a stager or do it yourself. Either way, it’s well worth your time and money. A recent study by the Real Estate Staging Association found that homes that were staged sold in an average of 26 days. That’s 87% faster than those that weren’t.
Tip #8: The kitchen comes first
You’re not actually selling your house, you’re selling your kitchen – that’s how important it is. The benefits of an updated kitchen are endless. It may be a few thousand dollars to replace countertops where a buyer may knock $10,000 off the asking price if your kitchen looks dated. The fastest, most inexpensive updates include a thorough cleaning, painting and new cabinet hardware. Use a neutral-color paint so you can present buyers with a blank canvas. You want them to start envisioning their own style. If you have a little money to spend and your appliances are a bit dated, you may want to replace one.
Tip #9: Always be ready to show
Your house needs to be “show-ready” at all times – you never know when a buyer is going to want to walk through the door. The house has to be available whenever they want to come see it and it has to be in tip-top shape. Don’t leave dishes in the sink, put the laundry away, keep the bathrooms sparkling and make sure there are no dust bunnies in the corners. It’s a little inconvenient, but remember your home is now merchandise and these things will help get your house sold.
Tip #10: The first impression is the only impression
No matter how good the interior of your home looks, buyers have already judged your home before they walk through the door. You never have a second chance to make a first impression. It’s important to make people feel warm, welcome and safe as they approach the house. Spruce up your home’s exterior with inexpensive shrubs and brightly colored flowers. You can typically get a 100-percent return on the money you put into your home’s curb appeal. Entryways are also important. You use it as a utility space for your coat and keys, but when you’re selling, make it welcoming by putting in a small bench, a vase of fresh-cut flowers or even some cookies.
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