How to Sell Your Home Quickly
“You never get a second chance to make a first impression.”
It’s true in relationships, and it’s also true in real estate. The impression your house gives potential buyers the first time they see it isn’t just important- it’s absolutely critical to selling your house for the most money possible.
Here are five ways you can make sure it’s a case of love at first sight when buyers visit your home:
- Increase curb appeal. You’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but people judge houses by their exteriors all the time. Make sure that yours looks its best by putting all the toys and tools where they belong, keeping the yard mowed and bushes trimmed, and touching up or repainting any doors and trim that need a lift. A new welcome mat and front door hardware are inviting and give the house a well-cared-for appearance.
- Stage the interior. You want potential buyers to picture themselves living in the house (not you), so make it easy for them. Box up any stuff you don’t need and move it to the garage or better yet, a rented storage unit. Take out half of what’s stored in all the closets and neatly arrange what’s left. Remove family photos, distracting knickknacks, and every bit of clutter. Touch up or repaint any walls that are scuffed or are painted in non-neutral colors. A professional house cleaning is often an investment that will pay for itself many times over. And w hile you’re at it, don’t forget to have the carpets professionally cleaned if they look less-than-pristine.
- Wash the windows. Wash all your windows inside and out until they sparkle. This is one of those jobs that few of us like to do, but it makes such a difference in the overall appearance of your house. Dirty windows can make the nicest house look depressing and uncared-for.
- Fix what’s broken. There’s no point in putting off repair jobs. Today’s home buyers get home inspections, and your house’s defects could turn into expensive negotiating points down the road. You’re better off going ahead and making any needed repairs now, so that buyers don’t see little problems and wonder what other, bigger issues are lurking in the house.
- Get set for showings. Make every showing appointment as appealing as possible. When you go to work in the morning, don’t leave beds unmade or dishes in the sink- or that’s sure to be the day a serious buyer wants to visit. (And you don’t want to miss out on any good showings to qualified buyers, even if that means being ready to show on short notice.) If you do have a bit of notice before a showing, take a few minutes to turn on all the lights, put on soft music, and set the table. Little things can make a big difference!
When you’re in the midst of getting kids ready for school, going to work, and the myriad of other chores that go along with running a busy household, it’s easy to lose sight of the little things that should be done to make sure your house sells for the most money possible. But keep in mind that you only have to do it for a short time, and if you do it right, you’ll reap big rewards at the closing table for your efforts.