When it comes to selling your home, you need to know some important tips to make it sell quicker than even you anticipated. This is ‘go-time’ in the selling process, so make sure to dot all of the ‘I’s’ and cross all the ‘T’s’ and get your house sold in no time!
You don’t need any real estate investing training to understand these simple ways to sell your house. All you need is a little guidance from your realtor and some dedication and hard work on your part and these simple tips will get potential buyers through your home before you know it.
Here are a few ideas that you can do to stage your home in order to sell it quickly:
Curb Appeal Might Be Your Golden Ticket
Even before potential buyers come to your open house, the outside front of your house is always the first thing they look at, whether it is a quick drive-by or whether it is the pictures they see online. There are many ways to prepare the front entry and the front yard for the open house, including the following:
- Always cut your grass before any open house (or any showing at that). Make it look fresh so that it shows off how much you have done to keep the entire property neat and tidy.
- It never hurts to power wash the sidings and the walkways so that all of the excess leaves or grass are not cluttering the beautiful entrance to your home.
- Make sure that your house numbers are new and they are easy to identify. Make it easy for the buyers to find your home.
- Plant new flowers before just before the house goes on the market. Bright, colorful flowers and new mulching gives the home a great look for potential buyers.
- Make sure that your entrance mat is new so get rid of the old one that is probably faded and ragged on all corners.
This Is Now THEIR home, No YOURS
Make sure that when you are preparing to sell the home, depersonalize the house and get rid of all of your personal belongings. The buyers want to see themselves in the home, make it their own. Pack up all of the family photos on the end tables and on the fridge, and replace any photos on the walls with generic, plain pictures that you could easily get at a local store. Even having knickknacks that are special to you are probably not what the next home owner wants to see. Let them walk into the house and envision their own belongings around each room, not how you made the house. Buyers want to see a clean, well-kept home so they believe that your home is clean and that there is enough space (storage as well) to make it their next dream home. Pack up as many items as possible – clothes, toys, decorations, etc. – and utilize a storage unit to make the home look that much better.
Touch-Up Work Is A Key Factor
Whether it is painting the bedrooms or touching up a few holes in the wall, touch-up work goes a long way when potential buyers enter your home. The last thing they want to see is little holes in the wall from banging a couch against it or a scratch in the bedroom from moving furniture. Take the little extra time to fix these things so that the buyer knows the house has been well-maintained. Granted, they will probably still want to paint the rooms their own colors when they move it, but they sure don’t want to see a lack of execution on maintaining the overall appearance of the home.
Focus On The Bathrooms
Whether anyone will openly admit it or not, bathrooms can be the end-all, be-all in closing the deal on selling your home. Every person that walks into the house, one of the first things they will look at is the bathroom to make sure it will be appropriate for their living habits. Since the potential buyers will thoroughly look at these rooms the most, make sure to wipe it down from top to bottom. I would suggest buying a new toilet seat, but if you don’t want to, then make sure you clean it and leave the seat down. Make sure to get the mirrors sparkly clean and wash the faucets meticulously so they can see themselves no matter what part of the counters they look into! Use shower cleaner to wash the walls and make sure that the shower curtain is new and doesn’t have any residual dirt or stains on them.
Author: Doug Chapman is a staff writer for HomeDaddys, a stay at home dad blog. He specializes in diapers and sippy cups, but is a successful real estate investor on the side.