20 Tips On How To Sell Your Home Faster

SET THE STAGE FOR A SUCCESSFUL SALE

Selling your home is just like selling anything else. You need to highlight its strengths. Focus on its features. Bring out its best. Here’s a list of places to start.

1. Make a Lasting First Impression.

Curb appeal is vital. Make sure your lawn is neatly trimmed. Rake up any refuse or leaves. Sweep the walk. The front door should be clean and presentable. If the doorbell ‘s not working, fix it.

2. Don’t Hesitate to Decorate.

Faded walls and worn woodwork won’t sell your home. A small investment in paint or wallpaper will.

3. Let the Sun Shine In.

Open the drapes and curtains. Clean the windows. Homebuyers are drawn to bright, cheery interiors.

4. Call the Plumber.

Dripping water suggests worn out plumbing. Clean those rust-stained sinks. And make sure the drains are running free and clear.

5. The Devil’s in the Details.

Loose door knobs. Sticking drawers. Wobbly hinges. Stuck windows. They can all cost you a sale. Fix them, and they can make one.

6. Safety Sells.

Keep stairways and corridors clear and free of clutter. Cluttered areas are not only unattractive; they’re dangerous as well.

7. Sell the Whole House.

Let prospects see the big picture. Make sure your garage is neat and organized. Give your storage spaces a clean coat of paint.

8. Buyers Love Big Closets.

And they look even bigger when they’re clean and well organized. Get rid of the piles of clothes, old cartons and other clutter.

9. Bathrooms are Big Sellers.

Make bathrooms sparkle. Clean sinks and bowls. Recaulk where needed. Make sure towels and area rugs are freshly washed.

10. Wake Up Your Bedrooms.

Remove excess furniture. Use attractive and colorful bed linens and spreads. Open the drapes and let the light in. Remember: this is where your buyers spend one third of their lives.

SHOW AND SELL

It’s showtime! A house that shows well will sell faster and bring a better price. Here are some suggestions to help you make the most of it.

11. Lighten Up.

Homebuyers love the light. By day, let the sun shine in. By night, turn on all your lights – inside and out. Don’t forget the accent and picture lights.

12. Avoid Crowds.

Homebuyers hate crowds. When your agent shows your home, send the kids to the neighbors and take a long walk.

13. Silence is Golden.

When your house is being shown, turn off the radio, television, stereo or any other noise-producing source. It will make your agent’s job easier.

14. Lose the Pet.

Make your pets disappear when your home is being shown. Your prospect may have different tastes in animals than you.

15. Stay in the Background.

Don’t try to engage your prospects in conversation. Let your Realtor do his or her job – and let your buyers inspect without interruption.

16. Be Prepared.

You never know when your agent may need to show your home on a moment’s notice. Make your beds and tidy up each morning, just in case.

17. No Apologies Necessary.

Nobody’s perfect. There’s no need to apologize for the appearance of your house. Let your agent field any negative comments.

18. Sell the House. Period.

Don’t try to sell your prospect old furniture, appliances, lava lamps or anything besides your house. Save it for after the sale.

19. Leave it to the Professionals.

Let your agent discuss selling price, terms, possession dates or other such details. They’ve been carefully trained and will negotiate on your behalf.

20. Show by Appointment Only.

Your agent can schedule all showings – including those from other real estate offices. All you need to do is make sure your home is ready to show.

There’s more to selling a home than meets the eye. Your experienced real estate agent is carefully trained to help you sell your home for as much and as fast as possible. These recommendations are offered to assist you in avoiding the pitfalls many home sellers encounter. Buying and selling homes is our expertise and we look forward to helping you sell yours.