Price Your Home Right!
It doesn’t matter if your home is located in the most prestigious area, or your back yard is dumping ground for raw sewage. Price it right from the start! There are buyer’s in every neighborhood looking! You do not want to leave money on the table, but if your house payment is $1,800 a month and you are priced too high for the first 6 months you just spent $10,800.00! That’s huge!!! This is what HGTV says about pricing “Find out what your home is worth, then shave 15 to 20 percent off the price. You’ll be stampeded by buyers with multiple bids — even in the worst markets — and they’ll bid up the price over what it’s worth. It takes real courage and most sellers just don’t want to risk it, but it’s the single best strategy to sell a home in today’s market.”
Light it up!
For each showing it is important to have all the lights turned on, blinds open. Some homes may require a higher wattage of light bulbs. Clean the windows inside and out! Dust off the lamps. Do what you have to do to make your house a happy cheery house.
When you have a showing of your home, LEAVE!
Make sure you take the pets too. If you have a bird insure that that bird cage is spotless. If you have cats or dogs take them with you! Leave no signs of a pet. Including cat litter and box. ( When I sold my first home we parked about 4 houses down and watched the realtor show the house).
Bonus Tip; It is ALWAYS AWKWARD when the home owners are there! You must ALWAYS leave during the first showing! The buyers and agent feels like they are intruding, cannot speak freely about the house to raise concerns to resolve, or how to strategize about writing an offer.
Do general Repairs.
Fix the closet doors that are off track, Clean your utility closet make the furnace and H2O heater look new. Replace broken screens, insure that the plumbing all works and no leaks. Patch holes and ad a fresh coat of paint. Walk through your home like you are going to buy it all over again; How would you like to see it?
Declutter and Clean!
Organize closets, storage rooms maybe take out large pieces of furniture in small spaces. Do you have too much? Look at the space and see if it enhances the room or shrinks it. When showing a home Less is more! Clean your home! Clean the appliances, clean the carpets, clean the bedrooms, laundry, Garage, CLEAN!!! Bleach works wonders! Elbow Grease is even better!
Remove Personalized items.
Are there too many Crosses or Statutes of Christ, Are you a missionary trying to convert or are you trying to sell your home. If you have too many pictures hanging the new buyer sees how many holes they have to fill when they move in. Have your home inviting to show that the new owner can envision their furniture and items in the home.
Kitchen comes first!
You’re not actually selling your house, you’re selling your kitchen – that’s how important it is. The benefits of remodeling your kitchen are endless, and the best part of it is that you’ll probably get 85% of your money back. It may be a few thousand dollars to replace countertops where a buyer may knock $15,000+ off the asking price if your kitchen looks dated. The fastest, most 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. A word of caution painting cabinets… Do it right! If you have a little money to spend, buy one fancy stainless steel appliance. Why one? Because when people see one high-end appliance they think all the rest are expensive too and it updates the kitchen.
Insure that your grass is mowed, bushes trimmed, fence is fixed. Garbage is picked up. Old toys organized, Sidewalks edged. You know what I am talking about. But a lot of people forget or don’t think it’s important. IT IS!
Walk through your front door.
What do you see? If it is not warm and inviting, change it!
You only have one first impression!
No matter how good the interior of your home looks, buyers have already judged your home before they walk through the door. You never have a second chance to make a first impression. It’s important to make people feel warm, welcome and safe as they approach the house. Spruce up your home’s exterior with inexpensive shrubs and brightly colored flowers. You can typically get a 100-percent return on the money you put into your home’s curb appeal. Entryways are also important. You use it as a utility space for your coat and keys. But, when you’re selling, make it welcoming by putting in a small bench, a vase of fresh-cut flowers or even some cookies.