Research your neighborhood, and see what homes similar to yours are selling for. Then reduce your ideal listing price by 15 to 20 percent. Buyers will rush to see and bid on your home- no matter what the market looks like- and they will bid up the price over what your home is worth. Yes, it takes courage and many sellers don’t want to risk it, but it is the single best strategy to sell your home in the market today.
Light and Bright! Lighting is key to selling your home, and you need to maximize the light in your home. Aside from location, light is the one thing buyers want the most in their future home. Some tips to maximizing your light: Take down the drapes, make sure the windows are clean, replace your lamp shades, make sure EVERY light has a bulb and it’s a high wattage, trim the bushes and hedges in front of your windows, and make sure no light is blocked from coming into your home. The more light, the more happy and livable your home will feel, thus making it more sellable.
Quick fixes before selling always pay off. Mammoth makeovers, not so much. You probably won’t get your money back if you do a huge improvement project before you put your house on the market. Instead, do updates that will pay off and get you top dollar. Get a new fresh coat of paint on the walls. Clean the curtains or go buy some inexpensive new ones. Replace door handles, cabinet hardware, make sure closet doors are on track, fix leaky faucets and clean the grout.
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. Get rid of a third of your stuff – put it in storage. This includes family photos, memorabilia collections and personal keepsakes. Consider hiring a home stager 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.
Your house needs to be “show-ready” at all times – you never know when your buyer is going to walk through the door. You have to be available whenever they want to come see the place and it has to be in tip-top shape. Don’t leave dishes in the sink, keep the dishwasher cleaned out, the bathrooms sparkling and make sure there are no dust bunnies in the corners. It’s a little inconvenient, but it will get your house sold.