Home Selling Tips
Tricks of the trade to help you get top dollar when selling your home
Home Selling Tips
Our real estate expertise can make selling your home simple and easy.
Selling your home can be a long process, but these tips can make it as quick and as effortless as possible.
Marie Kondo your home
Marie Kondo is a Japanese home organizing specialist who emphasizes tidying up and reducing clutter for a more joyful way of living. By tidying up and decluttering your spaces, not only will you have less to pack, but visitors will be able to see the bones of your home without unnecessary distractions. It also makes it easier for people to envision their own items in your space.
Keep things squeaky clean
Cleanliness is paramount when it comes to first impressions. A potential buyer will be suspicious of a home that doesn’t feel clean. Prospective buyers may wonder if other, less obvious parts of your home have not been kept up either. In addition, strong odors such as pet smells or mildew can easily turn away visitors (especially ones with allergies). Keeping your space clean will make your home feel inviting and move-in ready.
Hire a real estate professional
Selling your home can be a lot of work. Instead of trying to navigate the process by yourself, a real estate agent or broker can provide clarity and advice surrounding any issues or concerns you have. Plus, agents understand buying behavior, trends, and have access to a wide network of potential home buyers.Find An Agent
Make some upgrades
Sure, a broken doorknob or cabinet may not seem like a big deal to you, but details matter. Small adjustments and updates to your home can not only bring in more buyers, but they can mean a bigger payoff in the end. Freshen up spaces by updating fixtures in bathrooms and the kitchen, replacing dated features, and keeping up with your landscaping. These small changes, while not integral to the structure of your home, can make your home feel more updated and fresh.
Fix it up
A move-in ready home is about more than appearances. Rather than surprising potential buyers with major issues like a leaky roof or a faulty electrical issue, it’s better to repair whatever needs to be fixed beforehand. That way, when the home is inspected there are no major surprises on either end. Not fixing something major leaves bargaining room on the buyer’s end--which means a smaller payout for you.
A lack of storage can pose a major issue for buyers. Emphasize your home’s dimensions and storage spaces by getting rid of anything you don’t need, organizing your space, and not stuffing loose items into the closet. Buyers like to open doors where people sometimes hide their messy stuff. Don’t fall into this trap. Instead, minimize your items to maximize your storage optics.
Dim spaces appear dingy and gloomy to prospective homebuyers. Many buyers are turned off by dark spaces. They just don’t photograph well and generally do your home a disservice. To combat this, make sure your home is getting as much bright light as possible. That could mean painting the walls a lighter color, replacing dark or heavy curtains, or turning on all the lights in the home. Buyers will notice a difference.
Keep Fido at Grandma’s house
Not everyone has a great relationship with animals. In fact, some people are afraid or have strong allergies. Leaving a dog or cat at home can deter potential buyers from wanting to see your home. It’s important that buyers view your home without worrying about an animal following or bothering them. In these cases, we advise bringing your pet somewhere else while visitors check out your place.
Get a great photographer
When it comes to buying a home, first impressions matter. And Realty.com is basically the Tinder of home selling (kidding). On a serious note, bad pictures can scare off potential buyers while great pictures can draw in crowds. Your real estate agent can generally help you find an expert photographer who can make your home shine.
You never know when your agent is going to give you a call about an interested buyer. It could be this weekend or it could be in an hour. Save yourself the stress of panicked cleaning and pushing clothes under the bed last minute. Instead, keep your home neat, tidy, and ready for viewings around the clock. That way when you get the call, your home will be ready to show.