Selling Secret #10: Pricing it right
Find out what your home is worth, then deduct 5 to 10 percent off the price. You will create more interest and attract multiple bids. Although it takes courage and most sellers just don't want to risk it, the strategy works!
Selling Secret #9: Half-empty closets
Storage is an important aspect to every buyer. Remove half the contents out of your closets and neatly arrange the remaining items whilst ensuring that all closets and cabinets are clean and tidy.
Selling Secret #8: Light it up
Consider your lighting and maximize the light in your home. Natural light makes a home feel more welcoming, open and appealing. After location, good light is the one thing every buyer cites that they want in a home. Remove unnecessary drapes, clean windows, increase the wattage of light bulbs and cut the bushes outside to let the light in. Make sure that house is bright and cheery - it will make it more sellable.
Selling Secret #7: Conceal the animals
Buyers don't want to walk in your home and see a bowl full of dog food, smell the litter box or have tufts of fur stuck to their clothing. Any noticeable pet hair should be vacuumed, dog droppings removed from the back yard and if possible, send the pets to a daycare for your open house.
Selling Secret #6: Don't over-upgrade
Quick fixes before selling always pay off more than expensive upgrades so be sure to do updates that will pay off and get you top dollar. Clean the curtains or buy some inexpensive new ones, get a new fresh coat of paint on the walls, fix or replace door handles, cabinet hardware, leaky faucets, squeaky doors and clean the grout.
Selling Secret #5: De-clutter and De-personalize
The more personal stuff in hour house, the less potential buyers have in imagining themselves living there. Pack away the family photos, memorabilia collections and personal keepsakes. Remove clutter, excess furniture, small appliances on countertops and keep it clean and simple.
Selling Secret #4: The Kitchen comes first
You're not actually selling your house, you're selling your kitchen - that's how important it is. The benefits of remodeling your kitchen are endless and you will probably get 80 - 90% of your money back along with a quicker sale. The fastest and most inexpensive kitchen updates include painting and new cabinet hardware. Choose a neutral-color paint in order that buyers can start envisioning their own style.
Selling Secret #3: Be Ready to show
Make sure your house is "show-ready" at all times - you never know when your buyer is going to be walking through the door. Keep the house thoroughly clean, remove dishes from the sink and dishwasher, make sure the bathrooms are sparkling and get rid of any dust bunnies in the corners.
Selling Secret #2: Outside TLC
Spruce up your home's exterior with inexpensive shrubs and brightly colored flowers. You can typically get a 100-percent return on the money you put into your home's curb appeal. Does your siding need washing, your gutters cleaning our, or your hedge need trimming? A tidy outside raises less concern about maintenance issues.
Selling Secret #1: The first impression is the only impression
You don't get a second chance to make a first impression. Clean up and revamp your front entrance way as it is the first place a buyer will see! When selling, make the entrance is welcoming by putting in a small bench, a vase of fresh-cut flowers or even some cookies .