Selling your home is not an easy task. But with a little planning and coordinated effort, you can make your home stand out from the pack and sell it fast. Here are few secrets to help you streamline the selling process.
Secret #10: Pricing it right
Find out what your home is worth, take a small percentage off the price then put in the market. This can be done with the help of a good realtor. This require guts and most sellers just don’t want to risk it, but it’s one of the best strategies to sell a home in today’s market.
Secret #9: Half-empty closets
Do you know what every buyer is looking for and can never have enough of - Storage. Buyers are bound to check drawers and cabinets so always keep them clean and tidy. You can start by removing half the stuff out of your closets then neatly organize what’s left. You can place the excess in boxes and keep them in the basement or the attic.
Secret #8: Light it up
Take full advantage of the light in your home. Good light is what entices buyers to a home. Remove the thick curtains, clean the windows, change your old light bulbs (you may opt for LED Lights), and trim the hedges and branches that are near the windows to let the sunshine through. This changes the mood of the house to something bright and cheerful, making it more appealing to buyers.
Secret #7: Play the agent field
Make sure your agent has full knowledge of the comps and local market trends in your neighborhood. Your agent must know how to use technology to your advantage - as hiring the wrong real estate agent is a sure way of killing a sale.
Secret #6: Hide the pets
A cuddly dog or friendly cat might warm the hearts of potential buyers, but not all are animal-lovers. Buyers don’t want the smell of dogs or the kitty litter box to greet them upon entering the premises. It will give them the impression that your house is not clean. If you plan to host an open house, we advise to send the pets to a pet hotel for a day.
Secret #5: Don’t over-upgrade
Clean the curtains or replace them with inexpensive new ones. Replace door handles, cabinet hardware, make sure closet doors are on track, fix leaky faucets and clean the grout. Making these quick fixes before selling always pay off.
Secret #4: Declutter and de-personalize
Organize and de-personalize your home by keeping family photos, memorabilia collections and personal keepsakes in storage. This gives the buyers the opportunity to imagine themselves living in the house. You may also hire a home stager to arrange your furniture to best showcase the floor plan and maximize the use of space.
Secret #3: The kitchen talk
Kitchens tend to be one of the most looked at rooms in a house. Some 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.
Secret #2: Always be ready to show
Your house needs to be "show-ready" or be in tip-top shape - at all times. Dirty dishes in the sink and dust or cobwebs in the corners are huge turn-offs for buyers. Keeping your house clean could be a little inconvenient, but it will help get your house sold.
Secret #1: First impressions last
It is of utmost importance to make people feel warm, welcome and safe as they approach the house because most buyers have already judged your home even before they enter the door. Most of them are drawn to the appearance of the home's exterior. Spruce up the outside of your home with inexpensive shrubs and brightly colored flowers. Make the entryways more welcoming by putting in a small bench, a vase of fresh-cut flowers or even some prepackaged cookies for the guests.
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