If you plan to put your house on the market in the near future, there's no need to say that you want to sell it as quick as possible and for top dollar. Set everything right and see the results - fast.
1. Impress with the curb appeal!
This is something repeated often, and for a reason - you don't have a second chance for the first impression. Only one! It is important to make people feel warm, welcome and safe as they approach the house. You can usually get 100% return on the money invested in curb appeal.
Make sure your home is ready for potential buyer by:
power wash siding and walkway
hang easy-to-read house number
plant blooming flowers and fresh greenery
mow lawn, and seed new grass if needed
wash outside windows
repaint or stain the porch as needed
2. Get your house sparkling clean.
Think spring-cleaning! From the baseboards to the ceiling light fixtures, the kitchen appliances to the windows, and the nooks to the crannies, everything should be spotless and gleaming. If it's too much job for you, hire a professional - it's worth every penny. This is actually the cheapest investment with huge WOW effect!
This advice is also often repeated, and off course with a reason. It's not easy, and it might need to utilize the off site storage, with this bringing you some expenses, but it's a worthwhile. Clean and clear surfaces, floors, cupboards, and closets are all more space in the buyers' eyes, so purge anything unnecessary or unsightly. Make room in your closets, leaving them at least one-third empty. Store any out-of-season clothing elsewhere. Open your closet doors so potential buyers can see how much space they could have. Be prepared for buyers to look behind closed drawers and doors. Nothing is off limits. It may be your home, but they’re wondering if it can become their own.
4. Always be ready for showing your home!
Your house needs to be ready-to-show all the times. You never know when your buyer is going to walk through the door. You have to be available whenever they want to come to see the place and it has to be in tip-top shape. Don’t leave dishes in the sink, keep the dishwasher cleaned out, the bathrooms sparkling and make sure there is no dust in the corners. It’s a little inconvenient, but it will get your house sold.
5. Depersonalize your home.
One of the most important things to do when selling your house is to de-personalize it. 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, memorabilia collections and personal keepsakes. Consider hiring a home stager to maximize the full potential of your home. Staging simply means arranging your furniture to best showcase the floor plan and maximize the use of space.
6. Conceal your pet.
Off course, you love your dog. But there are people out there that are not so enthusiastic about it. And a pet smell can deter some potential buyers. Buyers don’t want to walk in your home and see a bowl full of dog food, smell the kitty litter box or have tufts of pet hair stuck to their clothes. It will give buyers the impression that your house is not clean. If you’re planning an open house, send the critters to a pet hotel for the day.
7. Light it up.
Maximize the light in your home. After location, good light is the one thing that every buyer cites that they want in a home. Take down the drapes, clean the windows, change the lampshades, increase the wattage of your light bulbs and cut the bushes outside to let in sunshine. Do what you have to do make your house bright and cheery – it will make it more sellable.
8. Pricing it right!
The most important thing to sell your home would be the price. The right one! 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.