Thinking of selling and want to know the best moves to make, to sell your home quicker and for more money?
You’ve probably already been looking around and thinking about moving for a few months now, but with the predictions for the market and interest rates already beginning to rise, now is the time to learn, focus, and invest a little time and money to sell your home for more.
This quick guide of easy tips from a real estate professional could drastically help increase the amount of money you can make on the sale of your home and should decrease the amount of time your home sits on the market.
1. Price Below Market Value (This is #1 for a reason!)
List your home below the current market value! Listing your home 5-10% below the current value can have a tremendous effect! Does this sound crazy or nuts to you? As a seller you may be reluctant to try this, but the results may surprise you. This can be highly effective and may drive in even more offers and buyers than you have ever imagined. Creating competition, a bidding war of multiple offers in our currently competitive market!
Selling quicker also means less showings you have to prepare for and less people walking through your home.
Getting the pricing just right is probably the most important step in the home selling process. Set the price right from the beginning! Don’t fall trap to pricing your home too high, since this is also the exact thing that can be a detriment to your home selling at top dollar or even at all.
Remember… Just because you price your home below market value does not mean you have to accept a low offer on your home. Setting the price right is a great technigue to attract a large amount of buyers to your home, which is the path to the goal of selling.
2. Paint the Front Door
You want the main point of entry to look great and very welcoming! So paint the front door or the entire porch if needed.
If the door is old and ugly, it may need replaced. But if just paint can make it work, keeping the cost down is good.
Picking the right color. By carefully choosing the right color for the home, you can unexpectedly make your house feel inviting and stand out from competing homes.
3. Spruce Up the Landscaping
Great curb appeal helps to sell your home for more and quicker. Spruce up the landscaping around the front of your home.
A nice upgrade to your landscaping can be achieved on a small budget. When correctly done, can help to yield a higher return on your money. It is important to take the proper steps when getting your home ready to sell for the spring or summer market.
4. Paint Walls Neutral Colors
Don’t let the color of your walls be the focal point of your home!
Depending on the current condition and color of the walls in your home, you may need to re-paint. Buyers can relate much more to neutral colors in a home and not be distracted by a room that is bold and loud or crazy.
A good agent should be able to help you with current trends on colors for your home.
5. Stain Decks and Driveways
Staining your decks and driveways is a cost effective way to prolong the life of an area that takes a beating from the weather. It will also make a huge difference in the look of your home!
Before getting started, it’s important to know the correct steps… (or call a professional)
When you seal your driveway, stain your decks, update your landscaping, and paint your front door. You are leaving a great impression on any buyer that is taking a look at your home. What a comforting feeling, knowing the home has been properly maintained.
6. Improving the Kitchen
You can earn more money on the sale of your home by carefully planning the “proper” upgrades for your kitchen. Depending on the improvements, it may not be a bad idea to consult with a professional contractor.
You can transform your kitchen on a small budget and still have results. Here are three…
Reface your cabinets. Remove the cabinet doors, prep, and piant. You will be surprised at the difference this can make!
Are your countertops dated? This is a simple change that can really update the look of your kitchen!
Another simple change that makes a huge difference! This is also a very popular trend in the current market.
6. Clean! Clean! and Light!
Once you have finished doing all of the maintenance and updates throughout the home. Now is a great time to do a deep cleaning and brighten your home!
Clean your house from top to bottom. Have the carpets steam cleaned, if needed. Clean out the closets and pantry. Clean all windows, inside and out, blinds, and window sills too. Deep clean the corners and crevices. Don’t forget the out of reach cobwebs and baseboards to. Even the garage needs organized! Remember.. we are wanting top dollar!
Bring light in to brighten up the home! Replace all burnt out light bulbs throughout the house. Poor lit rooms might need a lamp or two. Open curtains and blinds to let the natural light in! Keep the light balanced though…you don’t want to over do it.
Make it a family day, or weekend! Kids can help clean and brighten to!
Do your homework and take the proper steps to avoid making mistakes when selling your home! Better yet, call a knowledgeable agent for advice. Get started now, so you can complete your repairs and updates and have your home listed BEFORE sellers who wait until spring. Buyers are out there right now!
**Gena writes about real estate markets and advice. Gena is an Entrepreneur, Owner | Managing Broker at GMR Realty. Real Estate Investor, marketing expert and syndicated columnists. Built six successful companies. Featured on TLC Network. Watch for her upcoming articles on market trends.
Posted on December 26, 2016 at 1:12 pm by Gena Martin Realtor