Selling your home for top dollar takes some effort. Here is my list of essential home selling tips to get you that high market value you are looking for.
Crank up the curb appeal
Pull weeds, rake leaves and trim overgrown shrubs, especially if they block windows or the path to your front door.
It’s important to make your house generic. A fresh coat of neutral paint will make your home appear larger, brighter and more appealing to potential buyers.
Fix things like leaky faucets and sticky cabinets, and replace old screens. They may seem insignificant, but minor repairs add up in the mind of a potential buyer. They tend to overestimate how much repairs cost. You don’t want to give them any reason not to put in an offer.
Make sure your furniture placement allows for easy traffic flow and shows the purpose of each room. If you have too much furniture, rent a portable storage device to hold things until you are ready to move into your new place. If you don’t have enough furniture, borrow or rent.
This includes personal photos and portraits. Less is always more. The less clutter and knickknacks you have lying around, the more potential buyers will be able to see your home and what it offers. Remember, you are selling your house, not your stuff. Plus, getting a head start on packing will eliminate some stress down the road. Practical items used daily need to be kept our of site. Coffee pots, paper towels, knives, small electronics, wastebasket etc. Find a place in an empty cupboard to store these. All personal hygiene items should be stored under the vanity and bring them out for use, then re-stash.
When your house is meticulously organized, buyers will envision themselves living a stress-free life in your home.
Clean every inch of your house, and don’t forget to make your windows and floors sparkle. If your carpet appears old and stained, think about replacing it. Also, make sure there are no offensive odors. Purchase an air-neutralizing spray that will help remove odors without creating an overwhelming masking odor. Clean homes sell!
Let the sun shine in, and turn on the lights. Open all blinds or curtains, and make sure the house is well lit. If your fixtures are outdated, think of replacing them.
Be sure potential buyers are comfortable when touring your home. If it’s freezing outside, leave the heat on, and if it’s summer, turn on the air conditioner.
There should be no evidence of pets when the property is being photographed or shown.
It’s ok to move furniture and boxes into the garage while your home is listed. Buyers know you’re moving and understand. Just keep it orderly.
Keep it ready to show
It may be a little inconvenient, but until you accept an offer, keep your home in tip-top shape at all times. What this means is that each room should have a clear purpose, nice flow and be clean and clutter-free. Buyers need to be able to picture themselves and their things in a room, and taking these steps will help ensure that.
For more detailed information on selling your home for top dollar, please contract Realtor Laurel Nielson at 480-229-5861 or by email RealtorLaurelN@gmail.com
If you would like more information on how to sell your home for top dollar, please check out my book; “At Least Put the Toilet Seat Down. Your Guide to Selling Your Home for Top Dollar“. It is also available on Amazon.
Laurel Jonas 480-229-5861 RealtorLaurelJ@gmail.com