If you are looking to put your home on the market, make sure it’s ready to sell. These 10 tips will help guide you when getting your house ready to be put in the market. Every little bit counts when you want to sell your home for the best price and in a timely matter.
10 Tips That Will Help You Sell Your Home Fast
Price It Right – Find out what your home is worth, call a seasoned Realtor and get a competitive market analysis completed. All homes today have to appraise for full value. Recent comparables will dictate the appraisal.
Make More Storage Space – Here is the trick! Even if you need to rent a storage unit, take out half of the stuff in your closets and organize the rest. Potential buyers will think you have a ton of space which is something every buyer wants – STORAGE SPACE!
Good Lighting – Maximize the light in your home. Take down the dark drapes, clean the windows, change the lampshades, increase the wattage of your light bulbs and cut the bushes and trim trees outside to let in sunshine.
Find the BEST Agent – Make sure you have a broker who is totally informed. A good broker knows what properties are going on the market and know the comps in your neighborhood. Find a broker who embraces technology – a tech-savvy one has many tools to get your house sold.
Conceal the Pets – Not everybody is a dog- or cat-lover. When a potential buyer smells pet odors or see a ton of pet hair on the furniture, it gives them the impression that the house is not clean. When planning an open house, send the pets to a neighbor’s house or take them with you so they are not seen and make sure the house is clean and pet smell free!
Upgrade Overdue – You probably won’t get your money back if you do a huge improvement project before you put your house on the market. Instead, do updates that will pay off and get you top dollar. Simple projects like new paint on the walls, cleaning the home from top to bottom, and replacing hardware make your home seem like it’s upgraded, fresh and new which goes along way with potential buyers.
Take the Home Out of Your House – This is always a hard one to do but so important that it’s done. 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. Consider hiring a home stager to maximize the full potential of your home.
Kitchen is King – When remodeling your kitchen, you’ll probably get 85% of your money back – THAT IS HUGE! 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.
Show Ready – This could be tricky if you have little kids around, but it’s a must because you never know when a potential buyer might knock on your door. Don’t leave dishes in the sink, 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.
Great First Impressions – You never have a second chance to make a first impression. 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.
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