Selling your home is going take some work, but just because it will take effort doesn’t mean it needs to be any harder than necessary. By being smart about how you use your time and energy, you can work toward the goal of selling your house for the best price possible! There are many things that you can do that will help your home sell as quickly as possible.
Here are FIVE!
1. Boost curb appeal. This is something you always hear, and with very good reason.
Many people thinking of touring your home will do a quick drive-by first, often deciding on the spot if it is even worth a look inside.
Make sure your home is ready to lure in onlookers with these tips:
- Power wash siding and walkways
- Hang easy-to-read house numbers
- Plant blooming flowers and fresh greenery
- Mow lawn, and reseed or add fresh sod as needed
- Wash front windows
- Repaint or stain the front door, porch decking, railings, etc. as needed
2. Welcome visitors with an inviting porch.
Even if you have only a tiny stoop, make it say “welcome home” with a clean doormat, potted plants in bloom and — if you have room — one or two pieces of neat porch furniture.
Keep your porch lights on in the evenings, in case potential buyers drive by.
Illuminating the front walk with solar lights is a nice extra touch, especially if you will be showing the house during the evening.
3. Clear away all clutter.
When showcasing your home, all clutter must go. It’s not easy, and it may even require utilizing offsite storage (or a nice relative’s garage) temporarily, but it is well worth the trouble.
Clean and clear surfaces, floors, cupboards and closets equal more space in the eyes of potential buyers, so purge anything unnecessary or unkempt.
Keep personal items to a minimum. We know you are the biggest (insert college or professional sports team here) fan, but having a room full or memorabilia isn’t going to impress your potential buyers.
4. Open the closet doors! Open-house visitors will peek inside your closets.
Closet space can be a make-it-or-break-it selling point for buyers, so show yours off! Again, this is really important, so even if you need to store a few boxes elsewhere, it’s worth it.
You should aim to have 20 to 30 percent open space in each closet to give the impression of spaciousness.
5. Entice people to explore the whole house.
By placing something that draws the eye at the top of the stairs, in hallways or in corners, you can pique curiosity and keep potential buyers interested throughout a whole home tour.
A piece of artwork, a painted accent wall, a window seat, a vase of flowers (fresh flowers are best), a hanging light or even a small, colorful rug can all work to draw the eye to a certain spot.
There you have it – these are some of the best and most efficient ways to get you on your way to a successful home sale! Want more tips or guidance as you prepare to sell your home? Contact one of our agents today!