Secret #9: Half-empty closets
Storage is something every buyer is looking for and can never have enough of. Take half the stuff out of your closets then neatly organize what’s left in there. If everything is clean and tidy, it will be more appealing to potential buyers.
Secret #8: Light it up
Maximize the light in your home. After location, good light is the one thing that every buyer cites that they want in a home. Have ample light to make the house bright and cheery– it will make it more sellable.
Secret #6: Conceal the critters
Not everyone is a dog- or cat-lover. Some people may even be afraid or allergic to such animals. Buyers don’t want to walk in your home and see a bowl full of dog food, smell the kitty litter box or have tufts of pet hair stuck to their clothes. It will give buyers the impression that your house is not clean. If you’re planning an open house, send the critters to a pet hotel for the day or take them out with you.
Secret #5: Don’t over-upgrade
Quick fixes before selling definitely pay off, but huge makeovers…not so much. You probably won’t get your money back if you do a huge improvement project before you put your house on the market. Instead, do updates that will pay off and get you top dollar. Get a new fresh coat of paint on the walls. Clean the curtains or go buy some inexpensive new ones. Replace door handles, cabinet hardware, make sure closet doors are on track, fix leaky faucets and clean the grout.
Secret #4: Maximize space
While people love to see a house can be a home, they do not like seeing your clutter. Get rid of a third of your stuff – put it in storage. Consider staging your home to maximize the full potential. Staging simply means arranging your furniture to best showcase the floor plan and maximize the use of space.
Secret #3: The kitchen comes first
The most appealing and sought after aspect of a home is its kitchen. If you have a little money to spend, buy one fancy stainless steel appliance. Why? Because one appliance draws their attention and they value the kitchen even more.
Secret #2: Always be ready to show
You never know when your buyer is going to walk through the door so you should always have your home ready. Yo do not want to miss out on an opportunity. Don’t leave dishes in the sink, keep the dishwasher cleaned out, the bathrooms sparkling and make sure there are no dust bunnies in the corners. It’s a little inconvenient, but it will get your house sold.
Secret #1: The first impression is the only impression
The most important thing to remember! No matter how good the interior of your home looks, buyers have already judged your home before they walk through the door. First impressions are everything. It’s important to make people feel warm, welcome and safe as they approach the house. Make sure the exterior is appealing and during the winter make sure your walkways are free of snow and ice. Also make sure your entry way is clean and appealing because if they got through the door intrigued by your exterior, you don’t want to lose their attention right away.