SIMPLE STEPS THAT WILL HELP YOU SELL YOUR HOME FOR TOP DOLLAR!!!
Maybe you have bought and sold a home before, or perhaps this is your first time.
If you don’t already know, I’m here to tell you, it’s not as easy as sticking a “For Sale” sign in the front yard. That’s right, you have work to do.
Now prepare yourself. None of these recommendations are easy, fun, or for the casual, uncommitted seller.
I’m going to share some tried and true tips to make sure your property stands out from its competition. If you follow my advice, I will ensure that you will sell your home quickly and for the highest possible price.
1. Find a great Real Estate Agent–
Selling a house can be stressful. Finding the right Real Estate Agent to partner with, in order to market and sell your home is the first step and one that should not be taken lightly.
Above all else, if you want to sell your home quickly and for top dollar, you must work with a qualified agent. Your agent is the person who’s going to help you set the appropriate price, understand market trends, stage, and show possible buyers the inherent value of your home.
Its doesn’t matter if you live in town or if you live out of state, I am confident that taking my advice and following these steps, I’ll be able to sell your home for top dollar and quickly.
Contact me for more information and to see if all these tips apply to your house.
Start packing!!! One of the most important things to do when selling your house is to declutter and de-personalize.
That’s right, cramped and cluttered rooms turn buyers off and it makes the rooms in your house look smaller. 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 and personal keepsakes. This allows the buyers see the space and storage that your home has to offer. Storage is something every buyer is looking for and can never have enough of. Also, make sure you hide everyday items. Don’t leave children’s toys and pet belongings out in the open. You might want to consider a special place to hide litter boxes, pet dishes, toys, dirty laundry, toiletries, and kitchen sponges and towels during a showing.
Look at it this way…decluttering your house now gives you a head start on packing it later. Think of how much further ahead you’ll be!!!
3. Make Your Home Sparkle and Shine-
Cleanliness implies a home has been well taken care of, so a good deep cleaning will win points with the buyers for sure. Wipe down walls, clean windows and windowsills, clean flooring, dust tables…oh, and don’t forget the garage. Make sure it’s clean and free from clutter as well.
I also recommend paying special attention to the kitchen and bathroom areas. Be sure all cabinets, pantries, and closets are neat and tidy. Buyers do look through those to be sure they will have enough space for their stuff, if they decide to purchase your home.
Consider hiring a cleaning crew. Even though you can do it yourself, adding the cleaning on top of everything else you have to do can be exhausting.
4. Paint Smart-
A well done, no frills paint job is all you’ll need. I recommend painting walls with a neutral color as it not only makes the room look larger but most buyers prefer neutral colors as opposed to something bold and sassy. Click here to see the top neutral color palettes that I recommend you use. “Accessible Beige”, “Aesthetic White” and “Agreeable Gray” are my top three choices.
Oh, don’t forget the trim, doors, and window frames!!! A fresh paint job goes a long way.
5. Fix The Small Stuff-
You need to be sure you fix all the “small stuff” that is visible to the potential homeowners. Replace any broken or missing hardware on cabinets, doors, and windows. I also recommend replacing hardware if it’s outdated. New door handles, knobs, towel bars, and cabinet handles can be replaced rather inexpensively…or you can spray paint them if done well!!!
The lighting inside and outside of the house should be updated as well. Make sure all light fixtures have new bulbs and that all bathroom vanity bulbs are of the same brand and color. Speaking of lighting, sure all blinds, shutters, and window treatments are free from damage and working properly. These important features can increase or reduce the amount of natural light entering the home. They should be able to be adjusted appropriately when showing your home during the day or in the evening.
6. Curb Appeal-
Curb appeal is what your house looks like from the outside. This is extremely important as you want to welcome buyers inside. However, the outside is the first thing they will see when they pull up to the property. Exterior defects can make a poor first impression. You never have a second chance at a first impression!!!
You’ll want to make sure the front door is visible, including clearing debris and clutter from the walkway. Make sure your yard is mowed and trim any overgrown hedges or bushes you may have. Planting some new seasonal flowers outside is a good for drawing attention to a buyers eye and making the outside more presentable.
Be sure that if the roof or exterior of the house is dirty, that you have it professionally cleaned. If the exterior paint needs touched up, do this as well. Fix or replace any broken pavers in driveway or used for landscaping. Remember from earlier…a clean and tidy house is a well kept house.
Don’t forget the back yard…be sure to follow the same steps to keep your back yard looking spacious and functional. After all…I’m sure there will be a cook out not to far in the distant future and the potential new homeowners would love to imagine themselves out there showing off their new house.
Are you tired yet? I know it sounds like a lot of work to do and it is. Hey, you can hire some of it out if need be. Don’t get stressed. “Nothing great is ever easy” but I guarantee if you follow my advice, you’ll sell your home for top dollar. Not all homes require the same presswork.