When you decide to sell your home, it’s really no longer your home; it’s a house, a commodity for sale. It’s competing with the other houses in your neighborhood, and if you want the best price, you need to show it in its best light.
5 Tasks to Help Sell Your Home
1. Stage the yard
Staging the home on the outside helps sell the inside. Before a buyer steps foot through the front door, he/she has a lasting impression of your property based on the short walk from the car to the door.
A welcoming porch with a freshly painted front door invites the buyers inside as they start envisioning living in the home. Be sure to remove weeds, rake leaves and trim hedges – skip the major projects unless absolutely necessary.
2. Clean, clean, clean
There isn’t enough emphasis on the power of a good cleaning job – inside and out. Start outside after staging the yard by pressure washing vinyl or wood siding and cleaning the windows.
Buyers like move-in condition and will pay more for it. Inside the home, homeowners need to get into every corner and crevice to remove dust, grime, and dirt. Concentrate on the kitchen and bathrooms, where the buyer will be most impressed. A clean home will give potential buyers the impression the home has been well maintained and cared for.
3. Remodel or upgrade
Create a fresh new look around the home at minimal cost with new trim (door and window casings, baseboard, crown molding), new paint and flooring.
Upgrading items around the house such as kitchen appliances, fixtures (lights, faucets, etc.) will make the home look newer which helps the home sell faster.
Major upgrades such as replacing kitchens and bathrooms should only be considered if necessary. Although major remodeling will help sell the home faster, it could take time for the upgrades to be completed.
4. Declutter and stage the home
The end result in staging and decluttering a home is to make it look bigger, brighter and cleaner in order to accentuate the positive aspects of each room.
In order to achieve this all the “little stuff” sellers have around their home, including collectibles and photos should be put away. Excess furniture should be stored away so the potential buyer can visualize how they will be able to use the space and rooms. The home should be staged to look like a model home: cozy, comfortable, colorful and inviting.
5. Use professional photography
Photos are the curb appeal of the digital age with 90% of buyers doing their home shopping online. Hiring a professional photographer is recommended – they know how to make something ordinary look spectacular and to make a space appear bigger. Their stunning, high-definition images will be seen on the MLS and consumer real estate portals – all of which are designed to get buyers to fall in love and buy a home. High quality photos are a must to market your property!
To learn more about what it will take to get your home on the market contact your local HUFF agent or visit HUFF.com.