Top 5 Selling Tips
Quick fixes prior to selling always pay off. However, huge makeovers usually don’t translate to more $$ in your pocket. Most of the time huge improvements before putting your home on the market don’t get your money back. Projects that typically pay off include; fresh paint, clean/replace curtains, replace door handles, cabinet hardware, fixing leaky faucets, closet door maintenance, and cleaning the grout.
People want to visualize themselves in your home. So 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. You don’t need the closet full of winter clothes during the summer. Get things off the floor in closets to open up space. Even removing items in your kitchen cabinets to declutter and open up the impression of “plenty of space” for the potential buyers. Other things that follow under this includes personal keepsakes, family pictures, memorabilia, etc. Often time people consider a professional stager to maximize the full potential of your home. Simply put — staging means to arrange your furniture to maximize the use of your home space by arranging furniture to showcase the space of your home.
It’s no secret that your kitchen is the most important part of your home. You’re not actually selling your house, you’re selling your kitchen – that’s how important it is. Most people see a 85% return on your investment when remodeling your kitchen. It may be a few thousand dollars to replace countertops where a buyer may knock $10,000 off the asking price if your kitchen looks dated. The fastest, most inexpensive kitchen updates include painting and new cabinet hardware. Use a neutral-color paint so you can present buyers with a blank canvas where they can start envisioning their own style. If you have a little money to spend, buy one fancy stainless steel appliance. Why one? Because when people see one high-end appliance they think all the rest are expensive too and it updates the kitchen.
Having your home “show-ready” at all times is of the upmost important. You never know when your potential buyer is going to walk through the door so always be ready to WOW them with your home! You have to be available whenever they want to come see the place and it has to be in tip-top shape. Keep the dishwasher cleaned out, so don’t leave dishes in the sink… Make sure the bathrooms are in tip-top shape. It may seem like an inconvenience, but this could be one of the main reasons your house doesn’t sell!
First impression… is EVERYTHING. No matter how good the interior of your home looks, buyers have already judged your home before they came through the door. It’s important to make people feel warm, welcome, and safe as they approach the house. Spruce up your home’s exterior with inexpensive shrubs and brightly colored flowers. Typically, you can get a 100-percent return on the money you spend in your curb appeal. Don’t neglected your home’s entryway either… it is vitally important as well. You can spruce up your entryway by making it more welcome by putting a small bench, a vase of fresh-cut flowers, cookies, etc.