Now that you are selling your home, how will you turn your home into the most valuable asset it can be?
Our Essential House Selling Tips, can show you how.
What to do to maximize your chances of a quick sale when selling your house.
- Remove ALL clutter. Throw out old newspapers and magazines. Pack away most of your small items like figurines and other trinkets. Store clothing that won ’t be used in the near future to make closets seem roomier. Clean out the garage. Buyers like to visualize their possessions in the house and that is hard to do when the home is full of clutter.
- Keep everything extra clean. Wash fingerprints and dirt from light switch plates. Clean the floors, stove, refrigerator, washer and dryer. A clean house makes a better first impression and tells buyers that the home has been well cared for.
- Put brighter bulbs in light sockets to make rooms appear brighter, especially dark rooms. Replace any burnt-out bulbs. Turn all lights on before buyers come to view the home.
- Make all minor repairs that you can find. Everything you don’t repair now will be revealed in the home inspection and can create a bad impression. Small problems such as sticky doors, torn screens, cracked caulking, cracked receptacle covers or a dripping faucet may seem trivial, but they'll give buyers the impression that the house isn't well maintained.
- Shoot for good curb appeal. Cut the grass, rake any leaves, trim the bushes, and edge the walks. Put a couple of bright potted flowers near the entryway to cheer things up and get the buyers attention.
- Patch holes in your driveway and reapply sealant, if applicable.
- Clean dirty gutters.
- Polish or replace your front doorknob and door numbers.
- Get rid of smells. Clean carpeting and drapes to eliminate cooking odors, smoke, and pet smells. If carpets are old and need replacing, it is worth while to replace them. The additional price you receive for your house will most likely outweigh the expense. Open the windows. The number one turn off to a potential buyer is an unpleasant odor.
- Wash your windows and screens. This lets more light into the interior and dirty windows are a turn off.
Now what else can you do to sell your home fast, and at a higher price?
The value of your home is determined by buyers. What you enjoyed about your house may be irrelevant when it's time to sell. Think in terms of what buyers want, and use some of the following advice on selling a house.
- Know the market. What other similar houses have sold for? Have those examples ready to show potential buyers.
- Decide on a minimum price - the price below which you just won't move. Don't tell your agent what this minimum is, but negotiate with any buyers who make an offer near or above it.
- Concentrate on the visible things first. A new mailbox is often a good idea. When buyers fall in love with the house before they even enter it, they forgive a lot of problems.
- Clean the neighborhood. If a neighbor's yard is a mess, give their kids $10 to pick up the yard. Spend $20 to put flowers in any common-areas, and buyers will have a better first impression of the neighborhood.
- Listen to prospects. They'll be more objective than you. If you hear several times that the kitchen is dark, get out the white paint.
- Find the average sales time for your area. If your house is taking longer than average to sell, there's a problem, and usually it's the price.
- Ask your real estate agent what he/she plans to do before you sign a listing agreement.
- If there are known problems, such as an old roof, get an estimate for repairs. The sellers may want a $7,000 allowance for a new roof - until you show them your $4,000 estimate.
- Do improvements that can realisically get you at least a two-to-one return on investment. If $300 to seal the driveway is likely to add $600 to the sales price of the home, do it. Always consider first those things that are most visible.
These are some great suggestions of things you can do to sell your house faster, and get a better price. Start with the ones that will get you the most "bang for your buck."
Knowing exactly what to invest in when dealing with real estate transactions will determine a good or bad deal. When a good deal is made, it means that the seller, buyer and agent all walk away feeling as though they have won or made a bargain. Having what you want in line is the beginning to making a good deal with all that are involved in the process.