Every one selling a home wants it to bring top dollar and sell fast. It isn’t luck that makes that happen. It takes careful planning, the right broker, and sprucing up your home inside and out! One of the biggest sale killers is choosing the wrong broker. Your broker needs to be one who is innovative and tech-savvy.They need to be constantly monitoring the multiple listing service (MLS). Not only does this mean they know what properties are going on the market and know the comps in your neighborhood, they will have many tools to get your house sold. If you want your home to send buyers scurrying to grab their checkbooks, follow these tips from Midge & Co you to turn you home into a marketable, attention grabbing home for all the right reasons.
Turn your home into a house
One of the most important things to do when selling your house is to de-personalize it. Get comfortable with the thought process, “This is not my home; it is a house — a product to be sold” much like a box of cereal on the grocery store shelf. It will help you to let go of the emotions, say good bye to every room. Don’t look backwards, instead look towards the future. Envision yourself handing over the keys to the new owners!
You want every potential buyer to be able to picture themselves living there, just like you once did! You may think more personal items in your home will make it feel cozy, but it actually is distracting causing them to think about you. Remove about 1/3 of your personal items and stage your home to maximize its full potential. You can even hire a home stager to arrange your furniture and best showcase the floor plan and maximize the use of space.
Start with curb appeal
Go outside. Stand there. Take a look at your house. Does your house welcome you? Think like a buyer, would you want to go inside? If potential buyers do not want to get out of the agents car because they do not like the way the house looks on the outside, you’re much less likely to get them to come inside. Make sure that sidewalks are cleared. Paint any faded window trim. Trim up bushes. Make sure the house number is clearly visible and dress up your entryway.
If you haven’t used it in over a year you probably don’t need it! Let’s be honest, people collect a lot of “junk” over the years. Think of this as a chance to get a head start on packing that you are going to need to do anyway. Items that you do not need should be thrown away,sold, or donated. Clean off your kitchen counters, pack up extra nick-knacks, and empty your book shelves. Keep up on your chores, don’t leave dishes in the sink or dishwasher. No dust bunnies and keep the bathrooms sparkling and organized.
Linger in the doorway of every single room and imagine how your house will look to a buyer. It may seem overwhelming or inconvenient, but if you’re serious about selling your house it needs to be “show ready” at all times. Its the nature of selling a home that you never know when a potential buyer is going to be ready to walk though the door. If it looks like nobody lives in your house, you’re almost finished.
Make minor repairs
It always pays off to do quick fixes before selling but beware of mammoth makeovers. You want to focus on updates that will pay off and still help you get top dollar for house. Replace cracked floor or counter tiles. Clean or replace the curtains and blinds. Replace door handles, cabinet hardware, make sure closet doors are on track. Fix leaky faucets and clean the any grout. Patch holes in walls and apply a fresh coat of neutral color paint. Those little details go a long way!
Whats Cooking in your kitchen?
When you sell a home you are actually selling the kitchen. Buyers can try to knock thousands off of your asking price if the kitchen looks dated. If you have a budget for major updates before selling focus them here by replacing an appliance that is outdated with one more modern. The fastest, most inexpensive kitchen updates is to simply paint and add new cabinet hardware.
Let there be light
Good lighting is something that almost every potential buyer will be looking for. Do what you can to make your house bright and cheery. Change out light bulbs to higher wattage, change lamp shades, take down drapes, open the blinds and clean the windows.
Conceal your pets
While you love your cuddly dog and think it will warm the hearts of every potential buyer, that’s not always the case. Believe it or not, not everybody is a cat or dog lover. Some times the presence of pets can lead potential buyers to think that your home is not clean. If you know you are having a showing or open house find a pet sitter for the day an put away the dog bowls and remove the liter boxes.
You never have a second chance to make a first impression. Make potential buyers feel warm, welcome and safe as they approach your house. Spruce up your home with inexpensive fixes and updates and you will typically get a 100-percent return on the money you put into your home’s staging. We are happy to help with any questions you may have about listing and staging you home, stop in and see us or give Midge & Co a call.