Selling Tips for Selling Your Home
These are tips that won’t cost a lot but, can make a big difference on the appearance of your home. It is amazing how just a little attention to the details will add that special appeal that the buyer is looking for!
When selling your home, one thing you can do is to have your home inspected by a professional home inspector.
This way it allows you to see your home through the eyes of a critical third party. It permits you to make repairs ahead of time so those defects won’t become negotiating stumbling blocks later.
You have the time to get reasonably priced contractors or make the repairs yourself, if you are qualified. It may alert you of items of immediate personal concern, such as carpenter ants or active termite infestation.
Always make sure that when you are selling your house is make cleaning up the outside a priority.
Curb appeal is the first impression of your house. Keeping the grass cut and the area tidy will help make a great first impression. Paint or wash the exterior of the house including window casings, shutters, and doors. Wash the windows inside and out. Check the gutters and chimney.
Also make sure to touch up the interior of your house before selling, Put a fresh coat of paint in the most used areas of the home. This will clean as well as brighten up the rooms. Wash all floors and bathroom tiles.
Get rid of clutter. Clean out your closets, garage, basement, and attic. Use self-storage if necessary. Replacing air filters will help keep the dust down.
Remember that you do not need to spend money to improve to sell unless the house is in such poor condition that it cannot be sold without improvements. Your investment in extra improvements or upgrading to the property should add to the final selling price and/or make it sell quicker than if it did not have these extra improvements or upgrades.
For example: the house needs a new roof to keep out the rain, or a modern bath with a shower. It is usually a waste of money to install a new roof if the existing roof has more than 50% of its useful life remaining. The exception is if the style of the roof covering does not suit the style of the house, such as having an existing red inter-locking asphalt shingle roof in an area where all the roofs have been upgraded to modern hi-profile fiberglass shingle roofs.
Improvements might make sense if you can do the work yourself. If you can add or upgrade kitchen cabinets for $500 rather than $1,000, you can still expect the $990 increase in the value of the home.
On the other hand, shoddy work on those kitchen cabinets can reduce the value of your home.
Many home owners have the same question regarding selling their home – How do I prepare my house to sell?
First and foremost, put it in the best condition possible, especially if you are in a market with few buyers and lots of homes for sale.
That means taking care of any major repairs that could deter a buyer, such as replacing any broken windows or replacing a leaky roof.
Next, work on your home’s curb appeal. Make sure your landscape is pristine. Mow the grass, clean up any debris and weed the garden beds. Plant a few annual flowers near the entrance or in pots to be placed by the door.
Eliminate the source of any bad smells, such as the kitty litter box. Use air freshener or bake a batch of cookies before your open house to ensure that the house smells inviting.
Invest in a couple of vases of fresh flowers to place around the house and next to any information about the house you have prepared for buyers.
Also make sure that when you are selling you home that you offer an adjustable sales plan. Come up with a sales strategy but make sure that it is flexible and can come into terms with almost all kinds of buyers.
Try to determine what will your initial asking price will be and how long will you be insisting on it before making an adjustment.
If you are unsure of what the real estate market is for your house, it might be a wise investment to have a professional appraisal done. It could prevent you from over-pricing or under-pricing your home in today’s market. A well-priced house sells quicker and for more money than an over-priced house. An under-priced house means that you might be losing $10,000’s of dollars that could have been yours, had you priced your house correctly.
You should also plan, before selling your home, what is the lowest price you are able to accept.
Just follow these rules and surely you will be able to succeed in selling your house.