Best Tips for Selling a Home in Today's Real Estate Market
- Find the Right Agent for You
This is one of the most important aspects to selling your home. You need to make sure you have a Realtor who is totally informed. Having someone who is going to look out for you and your best interests, while making sure you are comfortable and happy is going to make the world of difference. They need to be knowledgeable on the current market by constantly monitoring MLS and knowing what new listings are coming out and knowing what houses in your neighborhood have previously sold for. We recommend you interview at least 3 real estate agents to make sure you get the right fit for you. Make sure you have an expert at your side.
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- Clean out those closets
Everyone wants more storage. Every buyer is looking for more storage and organization then they currently have. And you can never have enough. Take half of the stuff out of your closets and neatly organize the remaining items left in there. Buyers are sure to peak, so make sure you keep all of your closets and cabinets clean and tidy throughout the selling process.
- Maximize the Light
Light it up! Good light is one thing that every buyer says they want in a home. Take down those black out blinds or dark curtains, clean the windows, open the blinds (and make sure they are clean as well), change your lampshades, change out those light bulbs for a higher wattage, add a lamp in a dark room, and trim the trees or shrubs blocking the windows and let the sun shine in! Making your house bright and cheery will help it sell!
- Conceal your beloved pets
Yes, we know you LOVE them and they are part of your family. You might think your cuddly dog or cat would make your house feel more like a home for potential buyers but unfortunately, that isn’t the case. Not everyone is a pet lover. Potential buyers do not want to walk in and see dog beds, scratch posts or the food and water bowls. They don’t want to smell the kitty litter or have hair stuck to their clothing. This gives the buyers the feeling the house is not clean. If you have a showing or an open house, send them to stay with a friend or family member or spoil them with a stay in a pet resort.
- Only make the upgrades that count
Quick and less expensive fixes always pay off before selling your home. Massive make-overs will not. You are not likely to make your money back if you do a huge renovation project before listing your home. You could add a fresh coat of paint or touch up and patch the dents and holes in the walls. You can also update light fixtures, replace old door handles and update the kitchen and bathroom cabinet hardware. Make sure the curtains are clean, or replace them with new inexpensive ones. Get that leaky faucet fixed, replace that peeling or stained caulking and if you have tile, make sure the grout is cleaned. Make sure doors and closets open and close easily. Making these inexpensive changes and upgrades are the things that will count and get you top dollar.
- Take the ‘Home’ Out of your house
You will hear this one time and time again. It is important to take the ‘Home’ out of your house by de-personalizing it. Potential buyers want to envision themselves in the home. With all your family photos, personal keepsakes, and memorabilia collections, it makes it very difficult for them to see past your personal belongings and see themselves in this space. Clear out a third of your stuff and put it in storage. It is also a good idea to consider hiring a home stager as they will maximize the full potential of your home. Staging means arranging your furniture to best showcase the floor plan and maximize the use of space.
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- Kitchens sell houses
The kitchen is the most important room that will sway a potential buyer to either love the home or hate it. Most consider it the ‘hub’ of the home. The benefits to remodeling the kitchen are endless, but the best part of all is that you are likely to get 85% of your money back. Replacing the outdated and worn countertops may cost a few thousand dollars where a buyer may knock $10,000 off the asking price if the kitchen looks dated. If you don’t have the budget to replace the countertops, the easiest and most inexpensive updates you can make include painting and updating the old cabinet hardware. Use a neutral color of paint so you can present the buyers with a blank canvas where they can start envisioning their own style. If you have a little money to spend, buy one higher end, stainless steel appliance. When people see one high end appliance, they think the rest are expensive as well and it updates the look of the kitchen.
- Always be ready to show
Keep it clean! Your home should always be ready for those potential buyers to walk in through the front door at any given time. You have to be available whenever they are and it must be in tip-top shape. Don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink, keep the dishwasher cleaned out, keep that bathroom spotless and vacuum or sweep every day. It may seem inconvenient, but it is easier to keep it clean daily then to scramble last minute when someone calls. And the bonus of it all- it will get your house SOLD.
- The first impression is the only impression
Curb Appeal. That one phrase everyone talks about? That’s because everyone knows a first impression lasts forever and this includes the outside of your home. You never have a second chance to make that first impression. You want people to feel welcome and safe as they approach your home. Spruce up your home’s exterior with inexpensive shrubs and brightly colored flowers and make sure the grass is cut. For us Canadians, in winter, make sure that the driveway, sidewalks and entryways are free and clean of snow and ice. Entryways are also important. You may use it as a utility space for your coats, shoes and keys. But, when you are selling, make it welcoming by putting in a small bench or if you already have one, make sure it is free and clear of debris. Remove all the clutter that tends to builds up in entryways and add a vase of fresh flowers or even a plate of cookies.