10 Best Kept Secrets for Selling Your Home Fast
Selling Secret #1: Always be ready to show your home!
You never know when your next buyer is going to walk through the door. Be sure your home is “show-ready” at all times
Selling Secret #2: The buyers first impression says it all!
Buyers will judge your home before they walk through the front door. You never have a second chance to make a first impression.
Selling Secret #3: The kitchen comes first
Your kitchen can make or break a potential sale – That’s how important it is! If your kitchen does not have a wow factor, consider remodeling your kitchen to appeal to buyers. The best part of it is that you’ll probably get 85% of your money back. If you have a small budget available, 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.
Selling Secret #4: Take the home out of your house
Its very important to de-personalize your home before selling.
Selling Secret #5: Don’t over-upgrade right before selling
Quick fixes before selling is a great strategy that will pay off. Large makeovers, may not help you in selling your home faster. Getting your money back if you do a large improvement before you put your house on the market may not happen. As an alternative, do upgrades that will pay off and get you top dollar.
Selling Secret #6: Conceal the critters
Not everybody is a dog- or cat-lover. Buyers don’t want to walk in your home and see a bowl full of dog food, smell the kitty litter box or have tufts of pet hair stuck to their clothes. It will give buyers the impression that your house is not clean.
Selling Secret #7: Play the agent field
A secret sale killer is hiring the wrong broker. Make sure you have a broker who is totally informed. Find a broker who embraces technology – a tech-savvy one has many tools to get your house sold.
Selling Secret #8: Let the light in
Brightening up a house can work wonders for its size and charm. According to a survey conducted by HomeGain.com, lighting up a room typically costs less than $400 and adds a $1,500 boost to the final sale price of a house. Clean dirty windows, update lampshades, increase the wattage of your light bulbs and cut the bushes outside to let in sunshine. Do what you have to do make your house bright and cheery – it will make it more sellable.
Selling Secret #9: De-clutter and empty your closets
This is the time when you go through your belongings and discover that there isn’t anything worth keeping. Ideally, your rooms should look open and kind of empty (marketers call that spacious) Storage is something every potential buyer is looking for and can never have enough of. Remove half the stuff out of your closets then neatly organize the remainder. It’s commonly known that buyers will snoop, so be sure to keep all your closets and cabinets clean and tidy.
Selling Secret #10: Find the value of your home and price it right
Find the value of your home by consulting with a realtor, then consider taking 10 to 15 percent off the price. You may be swapped by buyers with multiple bids — even in down markets — and they may bid up the price over what it’s worth. It takes real courage and most sellers just don’t want to risk it, but it’s the single best strategy to sell a home in today’s market.
Selling your home takes a lot more than adding it to the MLS listings and putting a sign in the front yard. If you’re ready to sell, contact me today to take advantage of my state-of-the-art Marketing program that is selling homes quickly. I can be reached at 314-954-6500 or drop me an email.