When putting your house on the market, you want it to sell quickly, for as much money as possible, right? To do that, you need to learn all the best tips for selling your home.
5 Tips for Selling Your Home
As a former home stager and real estate agent, I learned some of the best insider secrets of the real estate industry. Follow these tips for selling your home in any market.
1. Reduce clutter to make your home look bigger
We accumulate a lot of possessions, and pack them in to every corner of our home. Don’t worry, the new owners will, too. But, when they’re first looking at your home, let them think there’s tons of storage space.
Start packing early. Getting unneeded items out of the house helps make your home look bigger and less cluttered. That’s appealing to potential buyers.
Here are some things you can pack up before selling your home and not miss:
- Extra bedding and towels
- Extra toiletries (clean out under the bathroom sinks)
- Out of season clothing
- Off season sports gear
- Most of the kids toys and games
- Arts and craft supplies
- Garden tools and other clutter from the garage
- Paperwork and files (it’s best to keep these in a safer place, anyway)
- Family photos (see #2)
Once they’re packed, store the boxes somewhere else. Renting a storage space doesn’t cost much for a month or two, and it looks better than a garage full of boxes.
2. Replace family photos with generic art
If they see pictures of your family on the walls, potential buyers will feel like guests in your home. You really want them to feel like they’re walking into their own new home.
So, either take your photos down and leave the walls blank to look open and clean, or replace some of them with generic artwork.
Make sure the new art something basic, that will appeal to most potential buyers. You can find generic, inexpensive pieces at places like Target, or even a local thrift store. Bonus: You get to take any new pieces to your new home with you.
3. Clean like a five-start hotel
You don’t want buyers walking through your home to notice soap scum in the shower, or spots on the carpet.
Rather than imagining their kids playing in the living room, they’ll be imagining all the cleaning they’ll have to do before they could feel comfortable.
Hire cleaning help if you need it. But once it’s clean, keep it clean until it sells. You never know when someone is going to want to schedule a showing at a moment’s notice. Check out these quick tips to keep your home looking sparkling between cleanings.
4. Skip some of the home improvement projects
There is always a list of little repairs or improvements that you’ve been meaning to do. You just never find the time to get to them. Then it’s time to sell, and suddenly the list seems overwhelming.
Before you start tackling everything on the list, check with your real estate agent. Not every project will be worth the time, money, and effort in the resale value of your home. And some are things that have more personal taste involved, and buyers would rather have the option to do it themselves.
Walk through the house with your agent well before you plan to list your home for sale. An experienced agent can tell you what buyers really look for. It could help cut your work list down, and focus your efforts on the projects that will really pay off.
Be sure to work with an agent you trust. You can check the National Association of Realtors directory for reputable agents in your area.
5. Boost the curb appeal
Potential buyers are judging your house before they even get out of the car. They’re looking at the yard, the driveway, the siding, the state of the windows, condition of fences, age of the roof, and everything else.
Bigger projects, such as siding, roof, and windows, your agent may recommend not doing anything about. But there are little things you can do to boost the curb appeal and make your house feel more welcoming.
- Buy a new welcome mat
- Put blooming plants in pots on the front steps
- Keep the porch, walks, and driveway swept and clean
- Remove damaged window screens
- Make sure any curtains or blinds in the windows are hanging straight
- Keep the lawn mowed and edged
- Mulch the flower beds
Even following all of these tips for selling your home, it can be a stressful process. Be sure to work with an agent you trust, and can rely on to work for your best interest.
Tackle a little bit of packing each day, so it won’t be so overwhelming when moving day comes around. Then you’ll be ready, and excited to move on to your new home.
If you’re going to buy a new house once yours sells, check out this other great BBL article: 5 Tips for Saving Money When Buying a House You Can Actually Afford