Selling a house can be hard. Getting what your house is worth can be even harder. There are things you can do, however, that can increase your chances of not only selling your house but getting a good price for it. That’s that this article is all about. These ten tips can help you sell your house faster and for a better price but it involves a little work and sometimes, a little money.
10. Update or upgrade as much as you can.
A home that features basic upgrades will always sell for more than a home with the basics. Spend a little money upgrading the appliances in your kitchen or the fixtures in your bathroom and you’ll get a lot more for your home when you sell it. Upgrades give your house a “move in ready” feel and make buyers feel more confident about the house. Kitchen and bathroom renovations are among the most expensive home renovations. If a potential buyer walks into your home and doesn’t feel they’ll need to renovate those rooms, you’ve already put yourself ahead of the competition.
09. Address any repairs that need to be made.
Are there any little repairs around the house you’ve been meaning to look at but haven’t gotten around to? Get to them before you try to sell the house. A potential buyer is going to be giving your house more than a passing glance (hopefully) and if they spot a little repair here and a little repair there that needs to be tackled, they’re automatically going to start wondering what repairs need to be made that they can’t see.
08. Paint the walls light, neutral colors.
Selling your home fast is about appealing to as many of the prospective buyers that walk through your door as possible. Painting the walls a light, neutral color makes the home feel more open. Beyond that, bright colors will scare a lot of buyers off. While it’s always a good idea to look past aesthetic issues like wall color when buying a home, not all buyers do that. The need to paint walls robs a home of its ‘move in ready’ feel and may make your potential buyer feel like there is too much work to be done for them to feel the home is really theirs.
07. Finish any abandoned DIY projects.
It’s not hard to start a do-it-yourself project only to find other things need your attention more urgently. The project gets put on the backburner and before you know it, months have passed with no progress on it. You need to make sure you finish up any of those DIY projects in your home or in your yard before you try to sell your home. As with the painting issue above, most buyers don’t want to have a lot of work to do after they move in. Finishing up any projects you started but didn’t finish will definitely put a lot of buyers off. Half completed projects also make the home feel unfinished which is definitely something you don’t want.
06. Avoid having too many personal touches.
This one is difficult because nearly everyone has tons of personal touches in their home. It is your home, after all. You don’t want your home to feel like your home when prospective buyers come through, though. You want your home to feel like a place your buyer could imagine living. A buyer wants to imagine their pictures on the wall. They want to imagine their furniture in your home. They want to be able to see themselves living there. That is really hard for a buyer to do if your personal touches make the home feel too much like “you”.
05. Get rid of the clutter.
Clutter is the enemy of a quick real estate sale. If a potential buyer walks into your home and sees a lot of clutter they are going to think two things. One, the rooms are smaller and more closed off than they are. Two, there is a lack of storage in the home for their own things. Clutter also makes a home look messy and uncared for. It’s hard to get rid of the clutter but you don’t necessarily have to throw anything out. Pack come of that clutter up in boxes and tuck the boxes away somewhere out of sight until you move to your new home. If you don’t have room to store those boxes though, it really may be time to hold a yard sale to try to get rid of the things you no longer need. You can use the money to treat yourself to a night out or to put toward repairs or redecorating in your home.
04. Play up your home’s strongest points.
What makes your home special? What was the one element in your home that really sold you on it when you bought it? Find ways to accentuate that element. Getting rid of the clutter, painting the walls, upgrading key rooms and finishing up those DIY projects will go along way toward doing this but also make sure you play up the strongest points in your house to really make those points stand out to your potential buyers.
03. Don’t ignore the importance of curb appeal.
First impressions are everything. When your potential buyer drives up to your home, you want them to feel good about what they’re going to find inside. You want them to want to walk through the front door. If you’ve spent time, money and energy getting the inside of your home in shape, you should do the same for your front yard and the exterior of your home. If it looks shabby or unkempt, your buyer’s first impression will be a negative one and that will stick with them as they walk through the home. While a less than stellar exterior may not be enough to scare them away entirely if the interior is especially impressive, spending a little time and money to improve the curb appeal will help that home sell faster.
02. Make sure it’s clean and tidy!
This is going to be a difficult one if you have kids. Most homeowners who are trying to sell their home will be living in the house while it’s on the market. That makes keeping your home clean and tidy enough to potential buyers especially difficult. If there are kids in your home, it’s even more difficult still. Do your best. Clean up messes as you find them and set aside time before showings to give your house a thorough cleaning. A clean house looks more inviting and helps your buyer feel like they can move in as soon as they get the key.
01. Spend the extra money to hire someone to stage your home.
Hiring someone to stage your home does cost a little extra than most people are willing to spend, but try to think of the benefit in the end. People who stage houses for a living know what buyers are looking for. They can help you set up your home in a way that is warm and inviting and makes the most out of what you have. If you want to sell your house fast and get a good price for it, hiring someone to professionally stage your home can make all the difference in the world.