Keys to Selling Your Home

#1: Pricing
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.
#2: Storage
Storage is key to buyers. You can never have enough storage. Go through your closets and cabinets, take out half of your things, and then tidy and organize what is left. When potential buyers come to look at your home, they will look to see how much storage space you have, and it’s important to have neat and organized cabinets and closets to show off your storage space. 
#3: Light
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. 
#4: Pets
We love our pets, and they are part of our families. But potential buyers do not want to see pets or signs of critters in their potential future home. Walking into the kitchen and seeing a food and water bowl can make the home feel dirty, and fur balls or the smell of kitty litter will leave an unclean feeling in the buyers mind. When scheduling an open house, bring your pets somewhere that they will feel comfortable and relaxed for the day that isn’t at your home. 
#5: Smart Upgrades
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.
#6: De-Personalize your Home
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.
You’re not actually selling your house, you’re selling your kitchen – that’s how important it is. The benefits of remodeling your kitchen are endless, and the best part of it is that you’ll probably get 85% of your money back. It may be a few thousand dollars to replace countertops where a buyer may knock $10,000 off the asking price if your kitchen looks dated. 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. If 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.
#8: Always be Ready to Show
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.
#9: First Impressions are Key
No matter how good the interior of your home looks, buyers have already judged your home before they walk through the door. You never have a second chance to make a first impression. It’s important to make people feel warm, welcome and safe as they approach the house. Spruce up your home’s exterior with inexpensive shrubs and brightly colored flowers. You can typically get a 100-percent return on the money you put into your home’s curb appeal. Entryways are also important. You use it as a utility space for your coat and keys. But, when you’re selling, make it welcoming by putting in a small bench, a vase of fresh-cut flowers or even some cookies.