Home Selling Tip #10: Pricing it right
Find out what your home is worth, then shave just enough off the price to be lower-priced than the other homes for sale on your block. You’ll get lots of showings, and you might even be stampeded by buyers with multiple bids, who will bid up the price. It’s the single best strategy to sell a home in today’s market.
Home Selling Tip #9: 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.
Home Selling Tip #8: Lots of light
Maximize the light in your home. After location, light and open is the one thing that every buyer cites that they want in a home. Take down the drapes, open the blinds, clean the windows, change the lampshades, increase the wattage of your light bulbs and cut the bushes outside to let in sunshine. Do what you have to do make your house bright and cheery – it will make it more sellable.
Home Selling Tip #7: Your house can’t be too clean
There is not much that turns off a potential buyer more than a house that just needs a good cleaning. Dirty carpets or kitchen counters – and especially dirty bathrooms and toilets – are going to send the prospects right out the door. Sometimes buyers don’t even take the time to check out the rest of the house if it feels or smells like it needs cleaning when they walk in the front door. If you don’t have time to clean thoroughly, invest in a cleaning service to make it sparkle.
Home Selling Tip #6: Check the critters into the Pet Spa
You might think a cuddly dog would warm the hearts of potential buyers, but you’d be wrong. Not everybody is a dog- or cat-lover. Buyers don’t want to walk in your home and see a bowl full of dog food, smell the kitty litter box or have tufts of pet hair stuck to their clothes. It will give buyers the impression that your house is not clean. If you’re planning an open house, send the critters to a pet hotel for the day.
Home Selling Tip #5: Don’t over-upgrade
Quick fixes before selling always pay off. Mammoth makeovers, not so much. You probably won’t get your money back if you do a huge improvement project just before you put your house on the market. Instead, do updates that will pay off and get you top dollar. Put a fresh coat of paint on the walls. Clean the curtains or go buy some inexpensive new ones. Replace door handles, cabinet hardware, make sure closet doors are on track, fix leaky faucets and clean the grout. Focus especially on those areas that a buyer sees as they approach your house and walk through the front door.
Home Selling Tip #4: Take the home out of your house
One of the most important things to do when selling your house is to de-personalize it. The more personal stuff in your house, the less potential buyers can imagine themselves living there. Get rid of a third of your stuff – put it in storage. This includes family photos, memorabilia collections and personal keepsakes. Just like a model home in a new development, the décor of your home should be attractive, with neutral colors, and be totally impersonal.
Home Selling Tip #3: The kitchen is king
You’re not actually selling your house, you’re selling your kitchen – that’s how important it is. The benefits of remodeling your kitchen are endless, and the best part of it is that you’ll probably get 85% of your money back. 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 kitchen updates include painting and new cabinet hardware. Use a neutral-color paint so you can present buyers with a blank canvas where they can start envisioning their own style.
Home Selling Tip #2: Always be ready to show
Your house needs to be “show-ready” at all times – you never know when your buyer is going to walk through the door. You have to be available whenever they want to come see the place and it has to be in tip-top shape. Don’t leave dishes in the sink, make the beds each day, keep the dishwasher cleaned out, the bathrooms sparkling and make sure there are no dust bunnies in the corners. It’s a little inconvenient, but it will get your house sold.
Home Selling Tip #1: 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.Google+