8 Tips Every Seller Should Know Before Listing Their Home
8) Storage is very important to every buyer and it’s something they never get enough of. Declutter your closets by reducing half of the items in your closets and then organize the remaining items. Make sure to keep all your personal items packed away, buyers will snoop in your closets.
7) Maximize the lighting in your home. After location, good lighting is the second thing most buyer’s comment on with what they want in a home. Pull back the drapes and open the blinds, clean all the windows, clean/change the lampshades, increase the wattage of the light bulbs, and trim all vegetation away from the windows to allow more natural lighting in. Have your home bright and clean as possible – it will make a huge difference in the salability.
6) Most might think a cute and cuddly dog will warm the hearts of potential buyers, but this is the furthest thing from the truth. Not everybody is a dog or cat lover. Buyers don’t want to walk in your home and smell animals or the kitty litter box, and they do not want to see food bowls full of food and animal hair throughout your home and on furniture. This gives buyers the impression that your house is not clean.
5) Small repairs and touch ups are very important and will pay off in the long run. Major makeovers not so much. The chances of you getting your money back on major improvements before you put your house on the market is slim. Instead, updates like new fresh coat of paint on the walls, replace or clean carpeting if needed, clean curtains/blinds, replace door handles and cabinet hardware, make sure closet doors are on track and close with ease, fix leaky faucets, and clean the grout in the showers and floors.
4) One of the most important things you can do prior to selling your home is to de-personalize it. The more personal items in your home, the less potential buyers can imagine themselves living there. Remove/pack one third of your personal items prior to the photos being taken. This includes family photos, memorabilia, and personal keepsakes. If needed, consider hiring a personal decorator or someone who stages homes to maximize the full potential of your home and personal items.
3) Your home needs to be “show-ready” at all times, you never know when a showing appointment will be scheduled and the more potential buyers you turn away, the less chance you have on selling your home for the price you want. You need to be available whenever the buyers want to come see your home and it is important to keep it in tip-top shape. Keep the kitchen in immaculate condition, the bathrooms sparkling and smelling great, and make sure there are no dust bunnies in the corners or on fans. It’s inconvenient we know, but it will help get your home sold.
2) No matter how nice you keep the interior of your home, buyers have already judged your home before they ever walk through the front door. It’s important to make people feel warm, welcome, and safe as they approach your home. Clean and touch up your home’s exterior with inexpensive vegetation like shrubs and flowers. Most of the time you can typically get a 100-percent return on expenses you put into your homes curb appeal. Entryways and courtyards are also important, make these areas clean in addition to welcoming by place a bench or a vase with fresh cut flowers in those areas, or refreshments in the entryways.
1) The biggest sale killer is hiring the wrong agent and brokerage. Make sure the agent you hire is completely informed. Your agent must constantly monitor the multiple listing service (MLS), know what properties that are on the market or going on the market, latest market trends, and the comparables in your area. Find an agent who embraces technology – a tech-savvy agent has many tools to get your home sold at the best price and in the shortest amount of time.