If you are selling a house, it can be overwhelming. We sat down with an expert who shared some tips to help you quickly sell your house for top dollar!
Selling your house can be stressful. The idea is to make it happen as quickly as possible. Simple things you do can make the difference between selling your house fast and it taking months.
If you watch the home improvement programs, they recommend big changes to sell a house. But, that doesn’t have to be the case. You can spend little to no money at all and still give your home the “WOW” factor that can help it sell.
We asked a realtor for some input and he shared some affordable tricks on things you can do to get your own home ready to sell.
EXPERT TIPS TO HELP YOU QUICKLY SELL YOUR HOUSE
1. Check your curb appeal
First impressions are everything. Make sure you keep your lawn mowed and manicured. If it is fall, keep the leaves raked up. Consider adding flowers to in brightly colored planters outside the front door (if not during the winter months). You might even purchase a new welcome mat to place in front of your door.
Make sure your screen door is free from finger prints and that your front door is clean and bright. A quick coat of paint and new wreath can make all the difference in making people feel welcome when visiting your home.
You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Make sure the outside of your home is not overlooked!
2. Let the light in
Clean windows can go a long way in helping sell your home. You want each room to be light and bright. Clean windows allow sunlight to stream into the room. Take time to clean the blinds and if possible, remove dark or heavy drapes to make the room appear lighter and brighter.
When you get ready for a showing, make sure all drapes and blinds are open to allow the light to stream in. The brighter and more inviting your rooms are, the easier it can be to sell your house quickly.
3. Clear the counters and closets of clutter
You’re going to move anyway, so this is a good time to pack away anything you will not need over the next couple of months.
Look around your kitchen. Pack away appliances you will not use. Clean out the pantry and eat up what is there rather than buying new. Make sure your counters have very little on them as it will make the kitchen appear larger. A good rule of thumb is this – if you would not put something on your counter on purpose, then put it away.
Go through each closet and remove extra boxes, off season clothes and shoes. Make sure that you leave some space between your clothes (do not push them all of to one side). Doing these things makes your close appears larger than it actually is.
Cleaning doesn’t cost you anything but time, but will go a LONG way into making your house show better. Keep it swept and vacuumed, so you are ready to show with a few minutes notice.
Always make sure all beds are made, your bathroom mirrors are spot free, remove the cobwebs from the corners and also clean your air filters. You need to clean those areas people will look at, such as corners, where they ware wanting to check for possible leaks and cracks.
5. Replace lightbulbs
Every burned out light bulb needs to be replaced with a nice, bright bulp. In addition, any lamp shades should be dusted so the light can filter through, properly illuminating the room.
When you get ready to show your home, turn on every light before you leave. The brighter your home, the more inviting it will be.
6. Hide unsightly items
Specifically your toilet brush, any trash can, plunger, weight scale, litter box, etc. Even if you just stick them under the sink or in the garage, just while the house is being shown, it makes a huge difference.
7. Remove the personal photos
Some experts say you should never have any photos of your family on display while trying to sell it and others say a few is acceptable. The trick is to try to remove yourself from the home as much as possible as this will allow others to see themselves living there.
If all they see every time the turn around is a photo of your family, they may not feel that it is a place where they would feel comfortable living. Make it a space that anyone could envision living in.
8. Price it fairly
If you need to sell your home in a hurry, you want to make the price appealing to buyers. Learn what other homes similar to yours have recently sold for so you can make sure your home will compete with others in the same neighborhood.
While you may be tempted to start at a higher price with the intention of later lowering it, that may not always work. The first 30 days your house is listed will be the most popular. Pricing your home to sell can help you quickly sell your home.
9. Hide the animals
Many of us have pets, which we consider members of our family. However, not everyone feels the same. Hide food and water dishes, litter boxes and other items that show that an animal lives there.
Clean the pet hair off your furniture and drapes. Make certain to deodorize and freshen your home to remove any potential odors left behind. You want your home to look and smell clean and inviting.
10. Don’t over upgrade
While some improvements can make a difference, don’t invest too much money in updating your home. Rather than replacing the cabinets, you can replace the counter and add a fresh coat of paint. That can make a kitchen look new again.
Change out fixtures such as light covers, knobs, handles and faucets. Don’t replace sinks, floors or carpeting (unless absolutely necessary).
11. Work with the right realtor
When you interview your realtor, it should be more than “help me sell my house.” You want to check their sales records, get recommendations and referrals from past customers. A good realtor will make sure your house looks good and is priced fairly. He or she will go to work to find the right buyer so you can sell your home fast.
A few simple things can help you quickly sell your house for top dollar. Then, you can move into your new home and get on with what you enjoy in life.