By using these easy and inexpensive tips, you can expect an offer in no time.
1. Get a storage unit
You might think the easiest way to de-clutter your home is to shove everything into the closets. Bad idea: Anyone who tours your home is going to check out the storage spaces, and disorganized, overstuffed closets only serve as evidence that your home is lacking. Opt instead for a storage unit to house the things you won’t need while your home is on the market. The general rule? Get rid of a third of your stuff. Bonus: If you choose a portable unit, it can be transported to your new home, making moving day a cinch.
2. Hire a professional to stage and photograph your home
A professional home stager sees your home from a buyer’s perspective — a good one understands how to highlight its strengths and soften its flaws. Your buyer’s first impression will be the listing photos, and studies show that homes with more than six listing photos online are twice as likely to be viewed by buyers. But not everyone wants their home staged (or has the money for it), Either way, staging of some sort is necessary on almost every home, no matter how beautiful it is.
3. Find the right real estate agent
What really matters? A track record of sales that proves they know how to sell your house fast. Are they familiar with the benefits (and negatives) of your neighborhood? Can they walk into your home and tell you precisely what buyers will love and hate? Are they, basically, the fairy godparent you never knew you needed? One way to be sure: check their reviews. You should also make sure your agent promotes their properties online.
4. Promote it yourself
Don’t leave all the marketing up to your agent. Do your part to get the word out about your home by using your personal social media accounts and sending the listing page to family and friends. You never know what friend of a friend or distant relative may be looking in your neck of the woods! You may even consider spreading word about your home in your neighborhood. Send the listing to your homeowners’ association email list and let your neighbors help.
5. Remove personalized items
Removing personal photographs or memorabilia will allow the prospective buyer to imagine themselves living in your house and make it easier to focus on the home’s highlighted features. In the same respect, don’t distract from the house itself with art, which could be unappealing to a buyer.
6. Make small upgrades
Focus on small upgrades, particularly in the kitchen and bathroom, where you’re most likely to see a return on investment. A new sink and cabinet hardware in the kitchen, or light fixtures, shower curtains, and hand towels in the bathroom, are inexpensive but can instantly transform your space. Rather than splurging $30,000 on a full kitchen remodel, ditch your unmatched old appliances and spend $3,500 on a new stainless steel appliance suite. Small upgrades can have a big impact.
7. Light it up
A dark or poorly lit home feels damp and depressing; brighten it up by using natural and artificial light, a fresh coat of paint can also brighten a room, and deep cleaning will also help brighten baseboards, windows, and light fixtures.
8. Amp up the curb appeal
Your home’s exterior is typically the first thing a buyer sees in person and on listing sites. If it doesn’t look good, a buyer won’t even consider looking at the interior shots. Tidy up your yard by trimming and shaping hedges, refreshing mulch, and edging the lawn. Consider pressure-washing your house, walkways, and driveway, or even adding a fresh coat of paint to your trim and shutters. Everything matters — even things as small as the brass on your front door.
9. Sell at the right time
Spring and summer are typically known as the best time to sell your home. If you can wait until then to list, you should consider it. You also need to price your house right. Just because you want to sell for a certain amount doesn’t mean your home is worth that. Do your own research
about area comps, get listing price suggestions from a couple of agents, and then listen to your agent when it comes to negotiating.
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