Tricks of the Trade to Help You Sell Your Home Fast and for Top Dollar
If you've been sitting on the fence about selling your home, it is time to get off. Now! From low mortgage rates to low inventory, real estate experts are calling 2017 the Year of the Seller. Why wait?
Here are 10 Secrets for Selling your Home Fast:
1. Price It Right
Make sure you do your research and price your home correctly. Find out what your home is worth, then shave 15 to 20 percent off the price. You’ll be overwhelmed by buyers with multiple bids, ultimately bidding the price over it's worth! This may seem risky and not for the faint of heart, but it can be one of the best strategies to sell a home fast.
2. Always Be Ready To Show
Be ready to show your home at a moments notice; you never know when your buyer is going to walk through the door. Have baskets for clutter that you can throw in your car, wipe off the counters, vacuum and straighten-up before you leave the house everyday! Don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink and keep the dishwasher cleaned out. The more flexible you are at showing your home, the faster you’ll find a buyer!
3. Take Great Pictures
Most buyers look for homes on the internet before they decide if they want to see your home. Pictures are NOT something to scrimp on! Having professional looking photos is the key to marketing and selling your home. A good realtor knows this and will work hard to showcase your home in the best light.
4. Curb Appeal
A first impression is the only impression, and you only have one shot at making a good one! No matter how good the inside of your home looks, buyers have already judged your home before they walk through the door. It's important to make sure the outside of your home and the entryway are clean and welcoming! Spruce up your landscaping with colorful flowers, weed and mulch the flowerbeds, power-wash the siding, wash the windows and keep your lawn well-manicured.
5. Light it Up
Maximize the light in your home. Good lighting is something that every buyer looks for while house-hunting. Open all the blinds and curtains, clean the windows, change the lampshades, increase the wattage of your light bulbs and cut the bushes outside to let the sun in.
6. Make small upgrades
Don't go overboard on major remodels. You probably won't get your money back. Better to focus on small upgrades (especially in the kitchen and bathroom where you'll get a good return on your investment). New light fixtures, faucets, fresh paint, shower curtains or hand towels are inexpensive yet very effective in updating the bathroom. New stainless steel appliances are a great way to upgrade the kitchen without splurging on a full kitchen remodel.
7. Half-empty closets
Storage is something that every buyer is looking for. Take half the stuff out of your closets then re-organize what’s left. Getting a storage unit to house the things you won’t need while your home is on the market is a great idea. If you don’t use it every day, store it. Buyers will snoop, so be sure to keep all your closets and cabinets clean and organized.
8. Control Pet Odors
Nothing will turn off a buyer faster than bad odors. Don't try and cover them up with air fresheners or candles, clean or remove whatever is causing them. Take your Pets out of the house for all Showings and Open Houses.
9. Clean, Declutter and Depersonalize
It makes sense... the fewer things in your home, the larger your home will look. Store the personal knick-knacks, family photos, religious items and any political signs/posters. People need to be able to envision themselves living in the home, not you.
10. Sweeten the Deal
Another way to make your home more attractive to buyers is to offer things that may sweeten the deal. Offering to pay closing costs or providing a transferable home warranty (typically $300-$400 for a one-year policy covering appliances, etc.) can really help.
If you're thinking of selling your home, contact The Gedney Group. We're here to help.
Linda Gedney | 215-205-0181 Cell | Linda.Gedney@gmail.com