In Home Selling, Tips and Tricks

Selling your home doesn’t have to be a long, drawn-out process there are several things you can do to prepare for a quick and painless sale. Here are 8 simple tips and tricks that will make your home irresistible to prospective buyers.

1. Deep Clean

If there is only one thing you are able to do before putting your house on the market, this is it.  When we say “deep clean”, we mean q-tip clean. A clean house, for buyers, translates into a well-maintained house. Cleanliness is the silent seller. Make sure to dust the baseboards and lighting fixtures, scrub the bathroom tiles and gut the grime from all of your kitchen appliances. Combine this deep clean with a fresh coat of paint and your home will feel brand new! A word of warning in regards to air fresheners: some folks are sensitive to certain smells and, above all, buyers may wonder what smell a seller may be trying to hide.

2. Create Space (Declutter)

The main reason we move to a new place is simple: we need more space. With that in mind, what better way to “create space” in your home than to sell or pack most of your personal belongings. After all, you are going to move too! We recommend you put away/pack/sell 70% of your home. Something to note, because of the need for space, buyers are likely going to snoop through your closets and cabinets, so create another opportunity to display your home’s amazing storage spaces by also organizing those areas and putting away 70% of the items in there. If possible, sell your unwanted items or put them in storage.

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”

William Morris

3. Depersonalize

Removing personal items such as framed photographs, your children’s drawings on the fridge and other pieces of memorabilia will help prospective buyers focus on the home’s more permanent features, rather than the temporary distractions. The buyers will see the house as more of a blank canvas, which will allow them to imagine themselves living there.

4. Neutralize Colors

Once you’ve created space and depersonalized, it will be easier to give your house a fresh coat of paint. Bear in mind – now is not the time to experiment with that “fun” looking bright yellow color you’ve been dying to try. Choose light, neutral colors such as cream or pale gray to create a backdrop that makes your home look bigger, brighter, cleaner and more sophisticated.  

5. Deep Clean

If there is only one thing you are able to do before putting your house on the market, this is it.  When we say “deep clean”, we mean q-tip clean. A clean house, for buyers, translates into a well-maintained house. Cleanliness is the silent seller. Make sure to dust the baseboards and lighting fixtures, scrub the bathroom tiles and gut the grime from all of your kitchen appliances. Combine this deep clean with a fresh coat of paint and your home will feel brand new! A word of warning in regards to air fresheners: some folks are sensitive to certain smells and, above all, buyers may wonder what smell a seller may be trying to hide.

6. Stage Your Home

Home staging paints a picture for prospective buyers – it helps them envision their day to day life in a beautifully decorated home. Vacant homes take longer to sell than staged homes. Only 30% of buyers can envision the potential of a home and, when buyers say a house has potential, it equates to money they will have to spend to get it there. Even though the furniture and accessories are temporary, it shows the home is ready for a buyer to move in. A professional staging company is money well spent but, here are a few simple tricks you could do yourself:

  • Style the dining table with plates, forks, and centerpieces
  • Add bright white towels to the bathroom for a spa-like feel
  • Add neutral-colored cushions to the sofa
  • Put fresh flowers in a vase

Once your home is staged, make sure to brighten it up by using natural or artificial light, as dark homes can feel damp and depressing. Get the highest wattage light bulbs for night time showings, and open the curtains and blinds for daytime showings.  In real estate, there is a saying: light = money.

7. Create Curb Appeal

Curb appeal sells homes. We can’t tell you how many times we have taken clients to look at a home and the lack of curb appeal stops them from even going inside. First impressions matter – your home’s exterior is typically the first thing a prospective buyer sees, both on the internet and in person. So no matter how good the interior looks, buyers may not even click on the website link to see what’s inside if your home doesn’t have curb appeal. Consider adding a touch of color with flowers and giving your front door a fresh coat of paint. At the very least, mowing your lawn, trimming the hedges, pressure washing your driveway are musts.

8. Find the Right Realtor

Do your research – make sure your Realtor is trustworthy and knowledgeable. Your Realtor should be a local market expert, home-marketing savvy, capable of helping you prepare, price, and market your home to its full potential. Communication, creativity to overcome hurdles, and ability to negotiate on your behalf are also extremely important.  One way to be sure is to check their reviews.

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