7 Pre-Listing Tips to Facilitate a Successful Sale!
Tip 1: Nail the First Impression
Buyers judge your home before they even walk through the door. You never have a second chance to make a first impression. So, it is imperative that the exterior makes them want to see what is inside. Spruce up your home’s exterior with inexpensive shrubs and brightly colored flowers. Pull out any overgrown or dead shrubs and put in fresh mulch. Investing in curb appeal is typically one area where you can get a 100-percent return on the money you put into it. Make sure the front door is freshly painted, any cobwebs are removed, and the sidewalk is swept clean. I also advise you get a new welcome mat.
Tip 2: Kitchens Sell Houses
It’s been said, “You’re not actually selling your house, you’re selling your kitchen” – This is a little exaggerated, but it lets you know how important the kitchen is in relationship to the other rooms of the house. You may not have money to remodel your kitchen to sell your house, but there are a few simple things you can do to increase the kitchen’s appeal. 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. Make sure the kitchen is decluttered. Examples: Clear the counters of extra appliances like stand mixers or toasters, make sure trash cans are out of the way or hidden, remove andy additional furniture like a chopping block that takes up space and makes the room feel small. If your appliances are dated and 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.
When buyers walk into your house you want them to see themselves living there. 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. You are going to have to pack all of your belongings when you move. So, just consider this next step getting a jump on packing. If you have accumulated quite a few things over the years I suggest that you pack up a third of your stuff – put it in storage. This includes family photos, memorabilia collections and personal keepsakes.
If you have the means, I recommend that you hire a professional stager work with your remaining furniture to maximize the full potential of your home. Staging simply means arranging your furniture to best showcase the floor plan and maximize the use of space.Tip 5: Don’t complicate the Updates
The updates that help bring you top dollar are not always what you think. General maintenance on what you already have can make a tremendous difference in what a buyer is willing to pay for a house. Think clean, fresh, and operational! Get a new fresh coat of paint on the walls. Clean the curtains or go buy some inexpensive new ones. Replace broken or old door handles & cabinet hardware, make sure closet doors are on track, fix leaky faucets and clean the grout just to name a few.Tip 6: Let there be Light
Maximize the light in your home. After location, good light is the one thing that most buyers convey that they want in a home. Take down the drapes, clean the windows, change the lampshades, increase the wattage of your light bulbs and cut the bushes outside to let in sunshine. Change out any blown bulbs and make sure all light-fixtures are operational. Do what you have to do make your house bright and cheery – it will make it more sellable.
Tip 7: Stupendous Storage
Storage is something every buyer wants and can never have enough of. I suggest you take half the stuff out of your closets then neatly organize what’s left in there. Go ahead and move it into storage with the furniture that you packed up in tip #3. Just know that buyers will have a look, so be sure to keep all your closets and cabinets clean and in order.