Home Selling Tips
Tricks of the trade to help you get top dollar when selling your home
Visually expand the rooms. Storing half your clothes will make closets look twice as big. (And neatly arrange the items that remain.) Get rid of excess or worn-out furniture to increase the buyer's comfort. Remember, the buyer is trying to visualize how their furniture will fit in the home. Make it as easy as possible.
Eliminate strong personal statements:
If the buyer senses this property still belongs to you, it can give them "territorial anxiety," and they'll feel it will never belong to them. Put away your toy soldier collection. Reduce family photos to a treasured few. Your master suite and kitchen should look like a model home.
Of this we're certain: a clean house sells more quickly and for more money than a dirty one. Get your house squeaky clean. If you do nothing else, do this!
The house should appear to be in excellent condition and in perfect working order. Even your house number should be new and bright. Pay special attention to the kitchen and master bath. These rooms are always at the top of a buyer's list.
Spruce up, paint up, and touch up. Faded or worn paint or paper on the walls and ceilings can create a drab effect throughout the interior and will leave an impression in the buyer’s mind that is hard to erase.
A motivated buyer will probably bring in a professional house inspector. Make sure nothing is there to be found. Deferred maintenance makes buyers crazy.
Establish a focal point:
In each room, give the buyer something to remember: shiny brass andirons by the fireplace, a charming area rug, red geraniums in the kitchen window sill. STORAGE One of the first things a typical buyer looking for is adequate closet and storage space. Maximize the size of your closets by removing excess items and neatly arranging those items that remain.
Use light to your advantage:
Wash all the windows and let in as much natural light as possible. Flick on all the lights. This is no time to conserve energy or to be worrying about the sun fading your furniture.
Quiet is the best policy. It suggests privacy and serenity.
Foster a welcoming aroma:
Eliminate offensive odors from pets, smoke or cooking. We can help you create that "new house smell" with common materials and products. And don't forget fresh air and sunlight. Are you ready to take the first step? Call Realty.com.