Showcasing your home in its best light is almost a guarantee you’ll receive offers. Read on to discover the final five best home selling secrets!
#6 PLAY THE FIELD. AFTER ALL, THERE ARE MANY FISH IN THE SEA.
Hiring the wrong broker to sell your home could be a deal killer. Make sure your REALTOR® is tech savvy and has access to all of the latest tools to get your home sold quickly. Your agent should be well informed and knowledgeable of both the local and the national real estate market.
#7 TAKE THE HOME OUT OF YOUR HOME.
When you place your home on the market, de-personalize it. Remove family photos and personal collections. You may need to rent a storage unit while your home is on the market. It’s difficult for people to imagine themselves living in your home if they can only see you living there and not necessarily them.
Staging is a terrific and relatively inexpensive option when you consider the impact it has on the sale of your home. A home stager will maximize your home’s potential in all respects. Your home will spend less time on the market and may even sell at a higher price.
#8 BE SHOW READY AND BE AVAILABLE.
Your home must be show ready at all times. Dishes must be cleaned and put away, the dishwasher must be empty, your bathrooms must be sparkling, and you must dust regularly (especially in the desert Southwest!).
You must also be available. It’s very difficult to sell a home if you’re never able to show it, and very few people will place an offer on contingency to view the property
#9 YOU’RE REALLY SELLING YOUR KITCHEN.
Didn’t your REALTOR® tell you? You’re not really selling your house, you’re selling your kitchen. ROI on a kitchen remodel is 85% at a minimum yet, if your home, especially your kitchen, is outdated, buyers will lower their offers by $10,000 or more if they know they have to update the kitchen as soon as they take possession of the keys.
To keep the remodel on the lower end (new cabinets could run $10,000 or more), start with replacing your countertops. Next, paint your cabinets and finish them off with new hardware. An updated backsplash will complete the project, and you’ll have a brand new kitchen ready to go to market!
#10 A FIRST IMPRESSION IS THE ONLY IMPRESSION.
You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Never. Typically, you’ll get 100% return on any money you invest in curb appeal for your home. Your home should be welcoming and warm. After all, you want your home to feel like home to each buyer who walks in the door.
Invest in some new shrubs for your front yard, place a wreath on your front door, remove the “mud room” from your entryway and replace it with a console table and some fresh cut flowers.
If you have any questions about selling your home, we have the answers! Our expert listing leads can answer your questions about remodels, staging, and the latest tech tools that we use to sell homes in today’s market. Start by nailing down your home’s current value here and we’d be happy to reach out to you to help you reach your 2016 real estate dreams!