There are many events in life that cause you think about selling your home, a job promotion, the desire for a bigger house, an effort to downsize, wanting to relocate to a different neighborhood or a more affordable city. Regardless of why you want or need to change your housing arrangements, ensure you get the highest possible price for your house by following these tips.   

The first impression is the only impression. Curb appeal gives the buyer's their first look at your home, and those thoughts are lasting. Drive up to your home, and put yourself in the shoes of a buyer. What is the first thing you see is the driveway, the front lawn, maybe even the entranceway? Upgrading the curb appeal will often bring 100% return on your investment and is a simple way to increase buyer interest without spending a lot of money.

Curb appeal covers three major areas: The face of the house, front yard, and the home’s entranceway. For the face of the house and front yard, add a fresh coat of paint to shutters and power wash the driveway and front porch. Ensure all front facing windows are clean and the front door attractive. Place fresh flowers or bushes in the yard, light up the driveway with solar lights, and mulch any garden beds. These steps will give the home a clean and attractive appearance in any season.

In the front entranceway, eliminate clutter and instead of coats and shoes, place a small table with fresh flowers near the door. Ensure the home has neutral or pleasant odors. Eliminate specific smells like pets, shoes kept by the door or cooking. Agents often recommend baking fresh cookies or bread before a showing to appeal to a buyer's sense of smell. Another easy way to increase the home's appeal is to increase the light. Remove dark curtains, increase the wattage in lamps, and turn all the lights on before a showing.

Declutter and stage your home for buyers. Packing up and storing a lot of your belongings will not only prepare you for the move but will help buyers see a spacious home  – with room for the buyer’s imagination.  A room overstuffed with furniture looks small. Closets packed with clothes is overwhelming.  You can hire a staging expert or stage the home yourself. The key is to prepare each room for its optimal use. Return a child’s playroom into a bedroom, convert an odd shaped corner into a cozy office. Don’t forget to declutter closets, drawers, the pantry, and garage. Buyers are likely to open drawers and closets to get a better sense of the home’s storage capacity.

Depersonalize the house. During the process of decluttering the home, store away personalized items such as family photos and collectibles. If you have a treasured item, store it.  Eliminate items that are  not part of the  sale fo the home.

Detail the home as you would a car. When little things are amiss, a buyer is left wondering if there are bigger unseen issues. Complete a spring cleaning and fix any broken items along the way. A deep clean makes the home appear cared for and leaves a positive impression on buyers. Other steps to increase your home’s value at a low cost may include painting the walls neutral colors or replacing older knobs and handles. Ensure doors close, fix the leaking faucet, and professionally clean any carpets.

Eliminate signs of a pet. Having a pet in the home during a showing often results in a potential buyer hurrying through the house. To get an offer, the buyer must envision themselves living in your house. Put away litter boxes and food dishes, vacuum pet hair, and eliminate pet odors -  all of which can drive buyers away.

Keep your home “show ready.” One of the hardest things about selling your home is keeping it in top condition at all time. Agents often call, with little notice, to show your home. Buyers are turned off by everyday things such as dishes in the sink, clothes on the bed, or toys scattered on the floor.

Pay attention to the kitchen. The kitchen is the most important room in the house. Buyers want to see a welcoming room they can cook and entertain in, even if it is only occasionally. A full upgrade of your kitchen to prepare to sell is not necessary.,. You can, however, make inexpensive changes to present the kitchen at its best. Painting cabinets, replacing old doorknobs, and installing new countertops will modernize the kitchen, helping to sell the home. Uniform appliances in the same color (all stainless steel or all black) will give the kitchen a cleaner look.

Make the most of your online profile. Nowadays, it is common for buyers to begin their search for a home online. If they do not like the photos or video displayed on the MLS (SAY WHAT MLS means) site, they will never make the trip to view the house. You can strengthen your home’s profile through a detailed description including any recent upgrades. Data on the neighborhood, proximity to parks and school districts can help sell your home faster. Take images after decluttering for a more spacious look. Make sure you take images in good light.

Choose your broker carefully. Not all real estate agents are the same. Interview three to five agents and let them educate you on the market of the neighborhood, their strategy to sell your home, and their negotiation skills. Do not choose an agent based on their recommended listing price. The highest price is often not the right decision. Instead, choose an agent with an effective strategy, and one who knows your neighborhood specifically. A good broker should have a clear vision of what marketing strategies work in your city.

Don’t overprice the house. The number one mistake buyers make when selling a home is initially setting the price too high. It seems harmless enough. The problem with this strategy is that homes that sell for the highest price sell within a few days or weeks, not a few months. By pricing the home competitively, or even low, you will encourage multiple bids, which can drive up the price. When a home sits for months on the market, after multiple reductions, buyers are more likely to offer an even lower price.

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