Sell Your Home For The Most Money
By Tracy Tkac
Washington Homes Group
Sell Your Home For The Most Money
#10: Price it right
Find out what your home is worth by looking at what homes like yours in your neighborhood have sold for in the previous six months, (that is the criteria an appraiser will use to value your home for the bank for a buyers loan). When sellers “test” the market, many times their home will sit un-sold and become stale on the market. Agents and buyers will think something is wrong with the house or it is undesirable because it hasn’t sold or that it is over-priced. Price it right from the start and you should sell your home for the most money possible.
#9: Half-empty closets
Storage is something every buyer is looking for and can never have enough of. Take half the stuff out of your closets then neatly organize what’s left in there. Buyers open every door and will notice over-stuffed spaces. De-cluttering is something you should do across the board- take the sporting equipment out of the garage; remove that collection of dishes on display and too many kid’s toys.
#8: Light it up
Maximize the light in your home. Take down the drapes, clean the windows, change the lampshades, increase the wattage of your light bulbs and cut the bushes outside to let in sunshine. Do what you have to do make your house bright and cheery – it will make it more attractive and sellable.
#7: Hire the Right Real Estate Agent
Make sure you have a broker who is totally informed, educated and motivated. They must constantly monitor the multiple listing service (MLS), know what properties are going on the market and know the comps in your neighborhood. Find a broker who embraces technology – a tech-savvy one has many tools to market your house and get it sold!
Se #6: Take Your Pets With You
Not everybody is a dog- or cat-lover. Buyers don’t want to walk in your home and see a bowl full of dog food, smell the kitty litter box or have tufts of pet hair stuck to their clothes. It will give buyers the impression that your house is not clean. If a realtor has made an appointment to show your house or you’re planning an open house, take your pets with you.
#5: Make Repairs
Quick fixes before selling always pay off. Your updates will pay off and get you top dollar. Put a new fresh coat of paint on the walls. Clean the curtains or go buy some inexpensive new ones. Replace door handles, cabinet hardware, make sure closet doors are on track, fix leaky faucets and clean the grout.
One of the most important things to do when selling your house is to de-personalize it. The more personal stuff in your house, the less potential buyers can imagine themselves living there. Get rid of a third of your stuff – put it in storage. This includes family photos, memorabilia collections and personal keepsakes. Less stuff means more room.
#3: The kitchen comes first
It may be a few thousand dollars to replace countertops and floors where a buyer may knock $10,000 off the asking price if your kitchen looks dated. The fastest, most inexpensive kitchen updates include painting and new cabinet hardware. You may even consider painting the cabinets. Use neutral-color paint so you can present buyers with a blank canvas where they can start envisioning their own style. If you have a little money to spend, buy stainless steel appliances. Be sure to keep the counter tops clear and clean and thin out small appliances from your cabinets.
#2: Always be ready to show
Your house needs to be “show-ready” at all times – you never know when your buyer is going to walk through the door. You have to be available whenever they want to come see the place and it has to be in tip-top shape. Don’t leave dishes in the sink, keep the dishwasher cleaned out, the bathrooms sparkling and make sure there are no dust bunnies in the corners. It’s a little inconvenient, but it will get your house sold.
#1: The first impression is the only impression
You never have a second chance to make a first impression. No matter how great the interior of your home is, buyers have already judged your home before they walk through the door. It’s important to make people feel warm, welcome and safe as they approach the house. Spruce up your home’s exterior with shrubs and flowers. Make sure there are working light