Tips for selling your home
Are you ready for a new home? If it’s time to put your old house on the market, it’s important to know how to attract buyers and negotiate a good price. This can seem a little overwhelming, but it’s not too hard if you know a few simple tips.
- Find the right broker. It’s all very well and good to talk to your neighbor’s nephew, the Realtor, but don’t agree to use him too quickly. Instead, shop around until you find a broker who is well informed, well-connected, and tech-savvy. An agent who constantly monitors the multiple listing service and embraces technology will have the tools necessary to sell your house.
- Understand the market. It’s important to know what your home is worth, and a good idea to price it for about 20 percent less than market value. This is a great way to drive buyers to your listing, and once they start bidding, it’s probable that you’ll get more then you wanted in the first place.
- Maximize your space. Clear up the clutter, even if you need to rent a storage unit, and take out furniture if it makes a room look cramped. Clean out your closets, leaving them only about half-full, to give buyers the feeling of expansive storage space. If you have the means, you might even consider hiring a professional stager to make the place look like a model home.
- Light up the house. Open the curtains or take them down, turn on the lights and amp up the wattage, bring in additional lighting if you need to, but whatever you do, keep the place looking light and airy. Good lighting is a major factor for most home buyers, so look at your home with a critical eye toward the light situation, and do what you need to do, whether it’s cleaning the windows or trimming the shrubbery.
- Depersonalize your home. All the personal effects that make your house feel like home can get in the way when you’re trying to sell. Clear away the knick-knacks and photos in favor of a minimalist decorating scheme, and you’ll give buyers the space to picture their own favorite thing filling the house.
- Know that no one loves your pets like you do. You might think a friendly pet in the house would be appealing to buyers, but if you did, you’d be wrong. Make a plan to remove the pets and their paraphernalia when potential buyers come to call.
- Prioritize the kitchen. The kitchen is the heart of the home, and it’s a major factor for home buyers. A kitchen remodel typically nets an 85% return on investment, and a few thousand dollars spent on an upgrade can mean much more during negotiations. The best news? You don’t even have to do a full remodel. Often, a neutral coat of paint and a change of cabinet hardware can make a huge difference. It may also pay to invest in one really great appliance: when people see one upscale appliance, it gives them a positive impression of the entire kitchen.
- Skip the major remodel. Little things like touching up paint, making minor repairs, and changing up doorknobs and hardware can make the place easier to sell. A big renovation, on the other hand, is a lot of hassle without much return.
- Consider the curb appeal. Buyers judge your house by what they see when they pull up, so make sure the exterior is in great shape. Touch up the paint, put brightly colored flowers by the entrance, and keep your lawn manicured, so that anyone driving by can see how beautiful your home truly is. Mind the entryway, too; make it a welcoming space, free of clutter and full of possibility.
- Keep the house show-ready. It’s important to be available any time a buyer wants to walk through the door. Make the bathrooms sparkle, clean the kitchen, clear up the clutter, mind the dust-bunnies, and keep it that way from the day you put it on the market until the house is sold.
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