So you have decided to list your home. Congratulations! Many sellers believe that once their house is listed with an agent their job is done, aside of course, from tidying up when there is an open house or showing. That is not always the case. Some houses show beautifully and are sold within hours, others may take a few weeks to a few months. How can you ensure that your home is set apart from the pack? Here are some easy steps…
1. Make a great first impression. The exterior of your home is the first thing a potential buyer lays eyes on. Make sure that your gardens are weed free and not over grown. Your lawn is mowed and that the siding, stucco or brick of your home shows minimal wear and tear.
2. Think about a buyers safety. You know the ins and outs of your home, a buyer doesn’t. So while you know to avoid the extension cord that runs between rooms a buyer does not and if they trip and fall they will not buy your home.
3. Make sure your faucets don’t leak and that your sinks are clear of rust stains and hard water marks. There are many products on the market that can take care of that in a matter of minutes.
4. Try not to be home during an open house or showing. If you are there a buyer doesn’t feel free to take a good and thorough look through the home. If they can’t feel at ease in the house they will not buy the house.
5. Invest in minor upgrades. A few gallons of paint can lead to major appeal. Change out faucets that look old and grungy. Invest in new light fixtures that can stay with the home. A few minor details can add up to thousands of extra dollars in your pocket.
6. Don’t hide all your junk in the closets! Buyers want to know that the home has plenty of storage space and that your closets are big enough to handle all of their stuff. Clutter turns off buyers.
7. Put your stuff away! A clean and tidy home tells a buyer that you care about your home.
8. Last but not least. Make sure you remove your pets from the home during an open house or showing. While you love your animals some buyers may not, or they may have allergies. If someone is afraid of dogs and you have Bruiser the doberman waiting at the front door you can bet that you just lost a sale because that buyer isn’t setting one foot into your house.
I hope these tips help any one looking to sell their home. They aren’t difficult to do and can result in a speedy and most importantly profitable sale of your home.