7 Things To Do Before Selling Your Home

selling your home tipsSelling your home is probably one of the bigger financial transactions you will ever encounter.  Before actually putting it up on the market, consult your local real estate agent to see what you could reasonably sell your home for.  She should be able to give you a list of homes that have sold in the area over the past few months.  While your agent works on that, here are a few tips you can use to improve the appeal of your home to give it a pop and get you a higher sales price.

  1. Keep it tidy – cleanliness implies that a home has been well taken care of and your prospective buyers will definitely notice these things.  Even the small things can make your potential buyer hesitant, such as excessive dust or dirty dishes in the sink.  Remember, first impressions are lasting impressions and you want to make sure you come across as though you’ve treated your house like a million bucks (or more).
  2. Choose your colors wisely – putting on a fresh coat of paint can make the difference between night and day.  If you have “colder” colors on your walls now consider repainting.  Warmer or neutral colors are more inviting, make the rooms appear larger and are more modern.  Keep in mind that you always want to know what your buyers are looking for.  Something as small as changing the color of your walls can go very far and oftentimes is a great return on your investment.
  3. Get packing – clutter is a huge turnoff for any potential buyer!  They don’t want your old worn-out stuff and could be that last, final observation that keeps them from putting in an offer.  Not only that but it makes the room looks smaller, it keeps some natural sunlight out, and makes it very hard for your buyer to envision their furniture in that same space.  Take the time to throw away or donate any unused items and give your home some breathing room – your buyers will appreciate it.
  4. Get the carpets cleaned – if your carpets are beyond being salvageable then have them replaced, otherwise, it would be In your best interest to hire a professional carpet cleaner to erase some of those stains due to normal wear and tear.  Not only that, but if you have pets, they help remove any pet stains or odors that could be buried deep in the roots of the carpet or locked within the fibers.  Addressing the high traffic areas in your home is also important as this is where a lot of stains, dirt and debris will collect.  In addition, your carpet cleaner will also finish off your carpet with a nice scented fragrance to leave the air smelling pure and deodorized.  Doing this one thing gives you a huge bang for your buck and a nice return on your investment.
  5. Keep the plumbing in order – If you live in a rural area or your home is on the older side, you may have a septic tank.  Septic tanks are individual systems to hold and rid your home of waste water and matter.  You can give your buyer sound peace of mind by letting the know that you just performed a septic tank pumping recently.  This will not only give them another 3-5 years without having to pump the septic tank again, but will keep the longevity of the septic system going well into the future.  Not taking care of your septic system can cost you well over $15k in replacements if you don’t perform periodic maintenance.
  6. Window treatments – these are important because they can stage the mood of a showing.  If your treatments aren’t properly adjusted, they can affect a room’s temperature by not allowing enough sunlight to enter.  Make sure to adjust shades or blinds appropriately when showing your home in the morning, afternoon or evenings.
  7. The back side – part of selling your home quickly includes having great curb appeal and backside appeal!  Clean up the area in the back as much as possible.  Home owners like to see nice green grass that has been freshly cut.  Again, it gives the appearance that you have really taken care of the home.  If possible, plant some flowers and shrubbery to make the backyard more inviting and so that it encourages you to want to stay.

Implement these 7 tips when trying to sell your home and you are sure to realize the upside potential you were hoping for.  Remember, staging your home is vitally important for a quick, top-dollar sale.  Don’t skimp on the smaller ticket items, and P.S., great smelling candles also help.

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