Deciding you want to put your house up for sale? …that’s the easy part.
Trying to figure out where to begin?…that can stop you in your tracks.
You’ve done your research…read everything you could find and binge-watched HGTV until your eyes are blurry…
Yes, you probably know just about everything there is to know about de-cluttering, de-personalizing and repairing…
And yet, you still wonder where-in-the-world you should actually start!
Today, I’m going to show you 7 simple-to-implement strategies you can work through… step by step.
Apply them and when you put your house up for sale, you’ll attract more buyers and bring a better price than other, less prepared homes on the market.
And these simple strategies work for any kind of home..
- The Brick Ranch
- The Two-Story Traditional
- The Historical Victorian
- The Quaint Bungalow
And they will work for YOU.
While “simple” doesn’t equal “easy”, now you have a plan…and a place to start
So let’s take a look at each one in detail…
Strategy # 1 – A First Impression Is The Only Impression
No matter how much work you have put into the interior, if the exterior is lacking appeal or even down right grungy, buyers will leave their wallet at the door, or worse, pass on your home altogether.
Typically, you will recoup 100% of the cost of increasing your curb appeal, so do the work and make your home inviting the second your prospect drives up.
New mulch, updated landscaping and pretty flowers will help them feel safe and welcome.
Check out your front door – does it need paint, new hardware, a good scrubbing?
You have 8 seconds to persuade a buyer to look inside…A positive impression here will set the stage for a true appreciation of all the delightful details in your carefully prepared home.
Strategy # 2 – Don’t Over-Do
Quick fixes that show your house at its best are always a good bet.
Huge remodeling projects, not so much… and you probably won’t get your money back on this type of investment.
Plan for updates which will pay off and get you top dollar.
- a new coat of (neutral) paint
- change out your outdated hardware
- invest in updated light fixtures
- replace dingy receptacles and switch plates
- fix leaky faucets
- clean, clean, clean!!
Strategy #3 – Sell a House, Not A Home
One of the most important things you can do is de-personalize.
You want potential buyers to imagine themselves living there, not feel like an intruder.
Remove family pictures, personal collections, keepsakes and memorabilia replacing them with decorative pictures or simple arrangements that compliment your home’s décor.
Pack up and store or discard at least half of your stuff. You’re going to move anyway, so get a head start on your packing and increase the likelihood of a quicker sale for your effort.
Strategy # 4 – Empty Closets
Plenty of storage is on everyone’s list of “must-have” features…
Empty your closets and cabinets of everything but the essentials and neatly organize what is left.
When buyers snoop – which they will – they will be left with the impression that there is more than enough closet space.
A good rule of thumb? Aim for about 2/3 empty space. You’ll be surprised how spacious those previously bulging closets feel!
Strategy # 5 – Let There Be Light
Another must on most buyers list is “plenty of light”.
According to the Journal of Consumer Psychology, the majority of everyday decisions are also made under bright light
Take down heavy drapes and wash the windows, trim back any bushes that block these redeeming rays.
Clean or replace lampshades and increase the wattage (remember safety here) . That alone will make every corner of your home bright and cheery.
Do everything you can to help potential home buyers decide in your favor.
Strategy # 6 – Ditch the Critter Clutter
You might think your lovable pets would bring smiles and warm feelings to potential buyers – but you could be wrong.
They may love their own pet, but they won’t be so sure about yours.
Put up the pet food and make sure the litter box smells fresh. Lingering odors and clinging pet hair will give the impression your home is not clean.
Out of sight, out of mind and out of smell range are your best bets for a quick sale.
Strategy # 7 – You Are Really Selling a Kitchen
A few thousand dollars spent in this room will pay the biggest dividends, with an average return of 85% on your investment, and a shorter time on the market.
HGTV agrees strongly with this…to the point your kitchen can make or break a sale!
If there are funds available, it will be best spent in the kitchen.
If buyers think this important area of the house is dated, they are likely to take $10,000 or more off the asking price.
The fastest and easiest updates are painting the cabinets and changing out the hardware. New counter tops, fixtures and a trendy sink will create a luxurious appeal.
If your appliances are older, could you upgrade the refrigerator? It will give the impression that all appliances are newer.
Bonus Strategy – Always Be Ready To Show
Imagine yours is a Model Home and the perfect buyer could come through the door any minute.
Don’t lose a sale because you forgot to do the dishes, the laundry is piled in the corner, or the beds didn’t get made. Even if the potential buyer can “see past it”, their memories of your home will be associated with clutter and <whew> the smell of dirty laundry.
Be diligent with dust bunny removal, clutter clean-up and making sure the kitchen and baths sparkle.
It is a bit inconvenient, but it will get a SOLD sign up in a flash.
Don’t Put Your Home Up For Sale Without Using These Strategies…
They may be simple but they work!
“Myra was very helpful in preparing my house for listing and hints to make the house marketable.
– T Daugherty, Anderson
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