How to Sell Your Home Fast
We can’t stress enough how important it is to get connected with an experienced real estate agent right away. Working with a quality real estate agent will not only give you the advantage of having their experience on your side but they can also help you get more from the sale of your current home, giving you a healthier budget for furnishing your beautiful new home!
Now, how do we get this place sold? One thing your real estate agent may share with you upfront is that the home needs to be priced appropriately. Okay, we can get a bit sentimental when it comes to putting a price on the house we made a home. After all, how can you put a price on the whole summer it took to get those flowers to grow in the back yard or the upgrades you paid an arm and a leg for to make the kitchen your morning oasis? While those items need to be accounted for to determine the home’s total value, the price that is set needs to be realistic for where your home is located and what it has to offer.
Vamp Up Your Curb Appeal
This will be a potential buyer’s first impression of your home. The moment they pull into the driveway, buyers will make a snap decision before they even step out of the car. Bringing life to your home’s exterior is easier than you think.
Give a fresh coat of paint to old front and garage doors.
Clean the siding and clear out cobwebs and debris from the entryway.
Revamp landscaping by adding potted plants to the front porch and walkway.
Trim back overhanging tree limbs and lay down fresh mulch.
Lastly, don’t forget the welcome mat!
Create an Inviting Atmosphere
Now that you have ensured potential buyers want to enter your home by dazzling them with newly enhanced curb appeal, it’s time to awaken their senses. When potential buyers are walking through your home, you want their first impression to be a great one! There is nothing that turns people away like a stinky sink or foul-smelling carpet. While getting the carpets cleaned may be an obvious check off the to-do list, adding simple scents to the atmosphere have been shown to help sell your home!
Try scents like vanilla, orange, lavender and fresh baked cookies.Yes, fresh-baked cookies! Popping a couple of rounds of cookie dough in the oven when you have a showing will help buyers feel warm and invited into your space and make them want to stay.
Declutter, Depersonalize, and Brighten Up
When families are walking through your home, they want to feel at home themselves. Clearing all the clutter and stowing all personal items will help open up the space and let their imagination run freely. Removing excess items will allow potential buyers to visualize the space with their own furniture. Painting the walls a neutral color and opening the blinds to brighten up the place will insure your home is looking its best.
The Forgotten Details
Taking the time to check off a few last items on the list will ensure your home is walk-through ready.
Park vehicles down the street.
This allows easy access for real estate agents and potential buyers.
Take the pups for a walk.
You can also arrange for a place for pets to stay while your home is being shown by a real estate agent. An anxious pet can cause tension during a walk-through and deter potential buyers.
Make a list for potential buyers.
Buyers want to know as much as possible, such as the history of the home, upgraded features, school districts, and amenities that set your neighborhood apart. Do you have great neighbors? Tell them about it! Leaving a detailed list on the kitchen counter describing the features of your home and neighborhood gives buyers information only you would know.
9 Ways to Make Your Home More Appealing to Buyers
When you’re ready to sell your house, it pays to assess your home and make improvements before the for-sale sign goes in the yard. By doing so, you’ll help buyers see the beauty of your home — and that helps put the sold sign up faster. Especially in today’s tough market for home sellers, attention to details and a willingness to go the extra mile can make all the difference. Here is a list of tips to make your home stand out from the rest:
One of the hardest things for homeowners is to see their house from a buyer’s perspective. If you can’t be objective about how your home looks, take pictures of it. Take photos from the street, the kitchen, the living room, and master bedroom. These are the rooms that matter most to buyers.
Start At The Front
Give the front of your home a makeover.
Hire a landscape company to freshen the grounds, trim shrubs and trees, and add mulching. Repaint the mailbox, add new house numbers and hide trashcans. These improvements help hook buyers at the curb, enticing them to view your home.
Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
Investing in the kitchen is one of the best returns on investment for homeowners.
The kitchen is the one room that really excites buyers, so make it work for you by adding a new backsplash, a fresh coat of paint on the cabinets, and trendy pulls.
Dated lighting, peeling laminate and crowded countertops will have buyers backing out of the house.
Make A Focal Point In Every Room
Each room should have a feature that defines the space. A focal point helps visually draw buyers into the room — and where the eyes go, the heart often follows. Using the photos you’ve taken earlier, plan a focal point for the main rooms of the house, including the kitchen.
Empty Closets By Half
When buyers look at your closets, less definitely is more. Reducing your belongings by at least half will allow buyers to actually see storage instead of stuff. Rent a storage unit if that’s what it takes, but reduce by 50 percent.
Open the Door To Sales
The front door is the first place in your home a prospective buyer sees and touches when they arrive. Repainting or revarnishing the door and polishing up the hardware will create a vision of beauty and buyer anticipation because it says the house is cared for right up front.
Back Off The Wall
Move furniture out of the room and away from the walls. Of course, if your house has too much furniture (as many do), you may need to pare down. Make sure to put sofas and loveseats or chairs across from each other rather than in an L-shape. This conversational arrangement is more appealing to buyers.
Invest in good quality real or silk plants.
Spindly plants are eyesores. Look in any décor magazine and you’ll notice how plants are placed attractively in the room. Use these as guides on what plants to buy and where to place them.
Set The Table
Model homes and homes in design magazines always feature a dining room table that’s set, but few homeowners with homes for sale set the formal dining room table. Setting the table makes the room inviting and helps buyers imagine themselves in it.