Tips For Selling Your House
You’ve made the decision to sell your house. It can be a high-stress time of negotiation, but there are steps you can take to take some of the pressure off before you begin the process. Here are a few tricks of the trade to help you along the way.
Make It Sparkle
Clean it, clean it, and clean it some more. If there’s one thing that can be said about getting your home ready for prospective buyers to come through, it’s this: The cleaner, the better. If this is too daunting for you, hire a cleaning service or get help from someone you can trust. It’s also helpful just to put a fresh set of eyes on the inside of your living space, because you might be too accustomed to overlooking certain problem areas — such as window wells, blinds, baseboards, etc.
You want to create a sense of space inside your home. Make the buyer feel like they can fit all their belongings inside with square footage to spare. The key to doing that? Move at least one third of your belongings out of the house. There’s much to be said for this. When a prospective buyer is stepping through the home, checking out closet space for instance, they’ll be glad to see plenty of room when they switch the light on (as opposed to heaps of clothing, stacks of board games and dust bunnies skittering across the floor.
Accentuate the Positive
Think long and hard about this one. What will give your home the edge over all the others. To answer this question, you might consider what brought you to the location in the first place. Make a list of these selling points. For instance: are you located within a good school district, have you upgraded any major appliances recently, and what are some of your biggest points of pride? When you talk to prospective buyers or your real estate agent, be sure to put these attributes front and center in the conversation.
Set the Stage
First thing’s first: put yourself in the buyer’s shoes. Start at your front door and pretend to be somebody who might be interested in owning this home. That being said, make sure the entrance as well as the yard look neat. An inviting entrance is just the beginning. Other steps to take: Maximize the amount of light that gets in your home, remove any pets from the house and remove anything personal from the house. A buyer can’t envision this being their dream home if there’s picture of you and your dog hanging in the bedroom.