“…Putting your home on the market can be stressful. Week after week of showings require your house to be PRESENTABLE AT ALL TIMES. Not to mention to hassel of vacating at a moment’s notice. If you have pets or children, that stress is multiplied. But buyers will be most interested in your home during the first few weeks it’s on the market – so you need to hit the ground running and sell before your listing grows stale. To sell a home quickly, it needs to show well, be marketed well and be priced correctly…If you need to sell in a hurry, these tips can help you get offers more quickly…
- Get a storage unit. Don’t shove everything into the closet while de-cluttering. Opt for a storage unit to house things you won’t need while your home is on the market. General rule – Get rid of 1/3 of your stuff. If you don’t use it everyday, store it. Holiday decorations, baby gear, seasonal clothes – all can go to storage. BONUS: If you choose a portable unit, it can be transported to your new home, making moving day a cinch.
- Hire a professional to stage and photograph your home. A professional stager sees your home from a buyer’s perspective – and understands how to highlight its strengths and soften its flaws. Your buyer’s first impression will be the listing photos, and the more the better. Enlist a good friend to go through your home with fresh eyes to offer their perspective on de-cluttering, and then the agent can go through fro a marketing standpoint.
- Find the right real estate agent. What really matters? A track record of sales that proves they know how to sell your house. Familiar with your neighborhood. Good, professional photos. Good marketing. Social media exposure.
- Promote it yourself. Get the word out yourself using personal social media and sending the listing page to family and friends. You never know what these personal contacts may turn up.
- Remove personalized items. Removing personal photos or memorabilia will allow the prospective buyers to imagine themselves living in your house and make it easier to focus on the home’s highlighted features. Also, don’t distract from the home itself with art, which could be unappealing to the buyer.
- Make small upgrades. Don’t go overboard on major remodels. Chances are, you won’t get your money back. Focus on small upgrades, particularly in the kitchen and bathroom, where you’re most likely to see a return on your investment. New sink and cabinet hardware in the kitchen, light fixtures, shower curtains, nicer hand towels in the bathrooms – all inexpensive but can instantly transform your space. If you can afford it, ditch your old appliances and spend $3,500 on a new stainless steel appliance suite.
- Light it up. A dark or poorly lit home feels damp and depressing. Brighten it up by using natural and artificial light. Get high wattage bulbs. Turn lights on before showings. Open curtains and blinds. A fresh coat of paint where needed makes things brighter. A light, neutral gray provides a softer, brighter palette, making rooms look larger. A deep cleaning also helps.
- Amp up the curb appeal. Curb appeal is EVERYTHING. The exterior is typically the first thing a buyer sees in person and on listing sites. Tidy up the yard. Trim landscaping, refresh mulch, edge the lawn. Pressure wash the house. Fresh coat of paint on doors and shutters. Polish kickplate and door hardware. Clean up cobwebs or bird droppings. Flowers near the entryway add a hint of color.
- Sell at the right time. Spring and Summer are typically the best time to sell your home. But be aware that increased inventory means spring and summer buyers can afford to be pickier – so make sure your home is in tip-top shape. You also need to price your house right – just because you want to sell for a certain amount doesn’t mean your home is worth your magic number, unfortunately. Do your own research about area comps, get listing price suggestions from your agent – and listen to your agent when it comes to negotiating.”
SOURCE: Angela Daley for TRULIA. IMAGE: athomesense.com