Ten Valuable Tips To Keep In Mind When You’re Trying To Sell Your Home
Sales Secret #1: CURB APPEAL- The First Impression Is The only Impression
The interior of your home may look terrific, but in actuality, Many buyers have already judged your home before they even walk through the door. No doubt you are familiar with The old adage states “You never have a second chance to make a first impression” and that is true. It’s very important to make people feel warm, welcomed and safe as they draw near to your house. You should Spruce up the exterior of your home with inexpensive, brightly colored flowers and shrubs. You will typically get a one hundred percent return on the money that you invest in your home’s curb appeal. The entryway is also very important. In everyday life, you may use the area day as a utility space for your keys and coat, but when you’re trying to sell it, you can make it more welcoming by adding a small bench that has a vase of fresh-cut flowers in it or maybe even some cookies.
Sales Secret #2: Be Ready To Show Your Home At Anytime
Your house really needs to be “show-ready” at all times. You just never know when the right buyer is going to walk through the door. You will have to be available whenever they want to come see your place, and it has to be in primo shape. Do not leave dishes in the sink. Always keep the dishwasher cleaned out, the bathrooms clean and shiny, and make sure that there aren’t any dust bunnies in the corners. It may be a little inconvenient, but these are the disciplines that will get your house sold. You should also keep a pie or premade cookie mix in your freezer at all times. Studies have shown that the sense of smell has a bigger impact on purchasing than with all other things combined; it brings out instant and emotional responses. A scent can instantly trigger past images, memories, sensations, and associations, so, if you get the call to show your home, you’ll want to have some kind of baked goods ready to come out of your oven about one-half hour before the showing. Many buyers get a warm, “I’m home” kind of feel.
Sales Secret #3: The kitchen should always come first
You are not actually selling your house, you are selling your kitchen! – that is how important it is. Remodeling your kitchen has many ongoing benefits, but the greatest part of it is that you will probably see 85% of your money coming back. While It may cost a few thousand dollars to replace countertops, a buyer may try to knock $10,000 off the asking price if your kitchen looks very dated. The quickest and, most inexpensive updates for kitchens include a paint job and installing new cabinet hardware. You’ll want to use neutral-colored paint so that you can offer buyers a blank canvas where they can begin picturing their own style. If you have a little more money to spend, buy one top shelf stainless steel appliance. Why only one? Because when buyers see one high end appliance they automatically think all the rest are expensive too and that in itself updates the kitchen.
Sales Secret #4: Take the home out of the house
One of the more important things you can do when trying to sell your house is to de-personalize it. when you have a lot of personal items around your house, potential buyers are less likely to imagine themselves living there. Get rid of a 1/3 of the things you own. Just put it in storage. This would include any family photos, collections of memorabilia and any personal keepsakes. You might consider hiring a home stager to enhance the full potential of your home. Staging is when someone arranges your furniture so you can best showcase the floor plan and demonstrate the maximize use of your space.
Sales Secret #5: Don’t overdo the upgrade
Doing some Quick fixes before selling your home pays off well. Involved and time -consuming makeovers, not so much. In all likelihood, You won’t get your money back if you do a large improvement project before you place your house on the market. Instead, you can just do the kinds of updates that will pay off and bring you top dollar. Put a fresh coat of paint on the walls. Clean your curtains (or go out and buy some inexpensive new ones). you can replace cabinet hardware and old door handles. Be sure that closet doors are in the track. You can fix a leaky faucet, clean the grout and make any number of small improvements that help the cause
Sales Secret #6: Be pet-free for the showing
You would think a sweet and friendly dog would warm the hearts of potential buyers, but, unfortunately you’d be wrong. Not everybody is a pet lover. Many Buyers don’t want to walk into your house and see a bowl of dog food, smell odors from the kitty litter box, or have pet hair sticking to their clothes. It can give potential buyers the impression that your house is just not clean. If you’re planning to have an open house, either take the pets out with you, or send them to a pet hotel for the day.
Sales Secret #7: Turn Up The Lights
It’s important to maximize the lighting in your home at a showing. After location, buyers say that good lighting is the one thing that they want in a home. Take down drapes, clean windows, change lampshades, increase the wattage of your light bulbs, and cut the bushes outside to let in the sunshine in. Do whatever you have to do make your house cheery and bright– it will just make it more sellable.
Sales Secret #8: Clean And Tidy-Up Closets
Storage is something that every buyer looks for but can never have enough of. You should Take half the items out of your closets and then neatly organize what is left in there. Buyers tend to snoop, so be sure to that all your closets and cabinets are clean and tidy.
Sales Secret #9: Find The Best Agent
A secret sales killer is hiring the wrong broker. Make absolutely sure you hire a broker who is totally informed. They should be constantly monitoring the MLS (multiple listing service), know which properties are going on the market and know all the comps in your neighborhood. Try to find a broker who welcomes technology – a tech savvy broker will have many tools that will help get your house sold.
Sales Secret #10: Price It Right
Thoroughly research all factors in finding out what your home is worth, then get to work with your Agent to decide what the best strategy is for selling your home in today’s market.