The Top Secrets For Selling Your Home

Posted in General Blog | 02/11/2012

Windsor Property

Windsor Property

In a hurry to sell your home?  There are several things a homeowner can do to move their property quickly while receiving top dollar.  Follow these tricks of the trade when selling your home.

1.  Price it right:  If you are really serious about selling your home quickly, find out what your home is worth, then take 10 – 15 percent off the price.  There is an excellent chance you will be overwhelmed with buyers and receive multiple offers, often over the listing price.  Think bidding wars are a thing in the past?  Not when you price your property correctly.  This is the single best strategy to sell your home today.

2.  Storage tricks:  Buyers like storage.  Take half of everything out of the closets and organize what is left in there.  Clean out your kitchen cabinets as well to show ample space.

3.  Bring in the light:  Make sure you maximize the light in your home. Buyers do not like to walk into dark, dreary homes.  Take down the heavy drapes, clean the windows, and trim the outside bushes if they block the sun.  Do whatever it takes to bring in the sunshine.

4.  Find a professional agent:  If you hire the wrong agent, then you are shooting yourself in the foot.  Why go to all the hard work of cleaning, organizing, pricing your home right, if you don’t have an agent that is doing their part?  Interview three agents and ask them how they would target your home sale.  Are they full-time?  Do they have good references?  Do they return your phone calls in a timely manner?

5.  Hide the pets:  Make sure your pets don’t rule the house when buyers show up.  Again, and this has been said over and over again on this site, buyers don’t want to walk into your home to have your dog jump on them, nor do they want to see a bowl full of dog food, and kitty litter?  No thanks.  Always try to make arrangements for your pets on days of showing.

6.  Don’t over-upgrade:  Don’t bother doing a big home renovation just before you sell your home.  You probably won’t get your money back.  Do updates that will pay off and get you the most bang for your buck.  Paint the walls if needed, clean out the closets, replace door handles, cabinet hardware, fix leaky faucets and make sure the house smells clean.

7.  De-personalize your home:  The more personal things you have in your home, the less buyers can imagine living there.  The rule of thumb is to get rid of one-third of your stuff and put it in storage.  This includes family photos, memorabilia and any personal keepsakes.  If possible, hire a home stager, but at the very least, make sure your home is clean.

8.  Remember the kitchen:  The kitchen is what every buyer wants to see first.  It really is the most important room in the house.  If a kitchen looks dated and dreary, this could hurt.  The most inexpensive and quickest kitchen updates include new cabinet hardware, and painting if necessary.  Make sure you use a neutral color so buyers can imagine living in your home.

9.   Be ready: Your house must be ready to show at all times.  Often last-minute appointments occur and when this happens, your home needs to be in top shape.  Get in a habit of cleaning your home before you leave for work:  don’t leave dishes in the sink, keep dishwasher cleaned out (yes, buyers look), keep the bathrooms sparkling and smelling fresh.

10.  Curb appeal:  Last, but certainly not least, make sure your home looks well-kept on the outside.  It doesn’t matter if you have a showpiece of a property inside, if the outside looks dreary and unkempt.  The goal is to have buyers drive up to your home and instantly feel warm, welcome and safe.  You can usually get 100 percent return on curb appeal, so plant inexpensive shrubs and brightly colored flowers.  Entryways are also important.  Make sure that when a buyer walks into your home, they are greeted with a fresh, clean impression.

Because sellers need to sell homes quickly for a variety of reasons, whether it is financial or a job transfer, it is important to follow the above steps.  There’s no doubt that it takes some hard work and lots of elbow grease to get your Windsor property ready for sale, but in the long run, you will reap the benefits.

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