The moment your house goes on the market, people are going to show some kind of interest in it! Don’t let your home sit on the market too long, so we suggest using these 9 house selling tips to get your home sold quickly.
Before you put your house on the market, there’s always that one lingering question at the back of your mind. You live in your house, you are used to seeing it with all its imperfections. The thought of strangers examining your house can be daunting.
Are you ready for your house to be judged? How does your furniture look? How clean does it have to be?
Here are 9 house selling tips to ensure that your home gets sold fast!
The Price is Right
Pricing your home correctly for the market is a key factor in selling it quickly. You probably have an idea of what you think your home is worth or what you hope to sell it for. The market is complex. You are emotionally attached to the home and the outcome.
It’s best to work with an experienced broker to correctly price your home. Your broker will look at all the important elements of your local market. Recent sales, future growth, and local economic factors all impact the sale price of your home. They’ll help you arrive at an objective sale price to maximize your profit and help you sell quickly.
Clean Out Your Closet
Every buyer is looking for storage. No matter how much storage they find, it’s never enough. So take half of the stuff that’s in your closet out, then neatly organize what’s left.
Of course, buyers will snoop. Having a clean closet and pantry will attract the eye, but making it look empty will give the illusion of more space.
These are cost effective (practically free!) changes you can make. Take down your drapes, clean the windows, change your lampshades, increase the wattage on your light bulbs, and cut the bushes outside to let in that glorious sunshine. Buyers want light. Doing whatever you can to make the inside of your home look light will make your house more sellable.
Find the Right Agent
Hiring the wrong broker could kill your sale. Pick one who is informed, knowledgeable, and friendly. In today’s technologically advanced world, having a broker who is versed in and embraces technology is a huge benefit to you. They’ve got the right tools to sell your house. Finding a real estate agent who works on a fixed fee (sometimes called flat fee) rather than a commision based on the sale price, can also increase your profits.
A cuddly dog might warm your heart, but not everyone is a cat or dog lover. Most buyers don’t want to walk into your house to the smell of an animal, the sight of a dog bowl, or the smell of the kitty litter box. They also don’t want to leave with pet hair on their clothes.
If you have an open house planned, send your animals away for the day.
Don’t Overdo It
Making quick fixes to your house before you put it on the market is always a great idea. But don’t take on a huge makeover. You likely won’t get your money back.
Instead, do small updates that will pay off for you. New paint and clean curtains are a great place to start. Replace door handles and hardware, fix the closet door tracks, tighten the leaky faucet, and whiten up your grout.
This might be one of the most important steps to take when trying to stage your house. You want your buyer to be able to imagine themselves living in your house. The more personal stuff you have in there, the less they can do that.
Gather up your family photos, memorabilia, collections, and personal keepsakes. Take a third of your stuff and put it in storage.
Sell Your Kitchen
The kitchen is the most important part of the house to sell. The benefits of changing up your kitchen are endless.
A buyer could knock thousands of dollars off of your asking price if your kitchen looks dated.
Some quick, inexpensive changes could include a fresh coat of paint and new cabinet hardware. If you’ve got the money, update one appliance to something stainless steel. This will give people the impression that the rest of them are high end as well.
Your house needs to be ready to be shown always. You never know when your buyer is going to show up. Be available when they come to see the place and make sure it’s in tip-top shape.
No dishes in the sink or dishwasher, sparkling bathrooms, and clean the dust bunnies out of every corner. This is a sure way to get your house sold.
House Selling Tips
These are just a few tips to get your house that coveted ‘sold’ sign. There is so much more than you can do to demonstrate to buyers that your house is the house for them.
If you need help trying to sell your house, contact us today. We use a fixed fee instead of a commission based structure to ensure you get the price you deserve for your home!