If you’re planning to sell your home or you already have it listed with an agent and on the market, you want to give yourself every chance of selling it quickly and for the right price. This post is going to cover some top tips for achieving that goal.
So let’s get right into it.
Start By Decluttering Your Home
If you’re selling your house you’re obviously going to have to move out of it, and getting rid of the clutter is something you would be doing anyway. The other advantage of doing it when trying to sell up is it gives your house a much neater and uncluttered appearance.
Aesthetics are everything when you’re trying to entice a buyer and close a deal.
Go from room to room and make a list of everything in each room you should get rid of. Break up the list into items you can sell and make a little bit of money on, stuff you might give away, and a third section for all the junk that simply needs to be thrown away.
Hold a garage sale to move the stuff you want to sell. What doesn’t get sold you could add to the stuff you plan to give away.
To feel like you’re making rapid progress, get rid of all the junk first.
Find Yourself a Good Agent
You could try and sell your home yourself by listing it online, but a good real estate agent is worth hiring.
They’ll handle all the hard work on your behalf in a bid to earn a commission. Even though you have to end up paying the agency a percentage of the final sale price, you’ll likely find this is more than made up for, as the agent might be able to get you more money than you expected, as well as get the house sold sooner.
Call In a Professional Real Estate Photographer
Likely the first place any potential buyer is going to come across your home for sale is online, so you’ll want photos of the exterior and all the important rooms.
Obtaining quality interior images can be tricky, so it pays to call in the services of a photographer who specialises in real estate photography. It’s well worth the small added expense as having quality, clear and bright photos online will attract attention and get more buyers coming to look at your home.
Do Any Necessary Repairs
If anything has broken down or there are some holes in the walls and so on, the time to get them fixed up is before you put your house on the market.
Nothing is going to be more off putting to buyers than a house that either looks like it’s been neglected and will take work to knock into shape, or a home that’s in a state of disrepair.
This goes for the outside of the house just as much as the interior. If you have a leaking downpipe or a fence that’s leaning over, get them fixed.
Increase Your Home’s Curb Appeal
Apart from doing any necessary repairs, you’ll want to keep all of the exterior of your home in tip top shape the entire time your house is on the market.
This includes regularly mowing the lawns, tending to the gardens, raking up dead leaves, keeping down the outside pest population and just generally having the place looking clean and tidy.
If you have a concrete driveway with a patchwork of oil stains, you’ll want to use a degreaser and possibly a high pressure washer to remove these.
Something a lot of people forget about and neglect is the roof of the house. It’s the thing people tend to see first when approaching from a distance, and if the rest of your home’s exterior is all sparkling, but it’s topped by a dirty and drab looking roof, it really detracts from your home’s overall curb appeal.
Have the roof cleaned.
Get Your Kitchen and Bathrooms In Order
The kitchen and bathrooms are the rooms of the house that endure the most abuse and suffer the most wear and tear. There’s cooking and washing, showering and applying make up. All sorts of activities go on in these rooms.
Basically the other rooms in the home are just walls, floor and a ceiling filled with furniture, but bathrooms and kitchens are full of sinks and cabinetry, appliances and fittings.
You may not want to go to the expense or hassle of renovating these rooms, but you do want them looking their pristine best. If this means changing out a few of the fittings for new ones to achieve that goal, then it’s worth serious consideration.
Another thing to do is get everybody into the habit of keeping the lid down on the toilet. No one wants to roam through your home and see into an open toilet bowl, no matter how clean it is.
Do At Least One Thorough Spring Clean
While you want to make an effort to keep your home clean all the time while it’s on the market, just in case your agent calls and says they’re on the way with a potential buyer, you’ll want to perform at least one super thorough spring cleaning.
This will include cleaning your furniture, pulling it all out and cleaning behind and underneath it, making sure there are no nasty cobwebs or dust build up.
Wash the windows inside and out and possibly consider getting any carpets and rugs professionally shampooed or steam cleaned.
Make a list of what you want to accomplish, then set about getting those tasks done and ticking them off your list.
Tips for a Successful Open House
If you’re booked in with your agent for an open house, you’ll want to be well prepared to make the most of the opportunity.
In bedrooms and the living room, make sure everything looks uncluttered. Kids toys are all put away, beds are made, couch cushions are arranged. All the little things help to make a great first impression.
Another thing you might want to do is depersonalise the house by taking down family photos and the like. This helps potential buyers visualise themselves in your home that much easier. You almost want it to look sterile in that sense.
Add some vases of flowers in the living room, possibly the entrance, and maybe on the kitchen bench as well.
Talking about the kitchen, put most things away, but leave a few clean appliances out on the benches. Hide those dish sponges and scourers, as they really don’t look very pleasant and just make your kitchen appear cluttered.
Present your bathrooms like you’re running a hotel. Neatly arrange the towels and arrange hand towels tidily beside the sink on the vanity, or even roll them up. Toilet seats down, everything sparkling clean, and close things like shower curtains.
A trick that can really put visitors in a positive frame of mind is to do some baking beforehand. You could bake some bread, a cake or some cookies and offer them to potential buyers.
This also permeates the home with that delicious aroma, and that’s enough to put a smile on anyone’s face the minute they walk through the front door.