Is Your House Ready to Sell?
Tips for selling a home
If you’ve ever gone through the process of buying a house, you know there are a multitude of things that can keep people from putting in an offer. So, if you’re thinking about putting a house on the market, you might look around and think, “There’s so much to do!” But it may not be as much work as you imagine. While you may want to tackle some bigger projects like replacing flooring, there are many easier tasks you can do to increase the likelihood a buyer will fall in love with the home.
How to sell your home fast
The fastest way to sell a home is to look at it through a buyer’s eyes. With a few simple upgrades, you can get your home ready to sell.
While some buyers may prefer to pick out their own colors, applying a fresh coat of paint before you call a real estate agent can make your home more attractive. Stick to neutral colors for a simple, updated look that helps potential buyers envision their décor and belongings in the space. According to Zillow®, the right paint color can even increase how much a home sells for — their 2017 paint color analysis found that homes with rooms painted in lighter shades of blue or gray can sell for as much as $5,440 more than expected.
Walk through your home and make a list of all the little things that need repair. Not only will this help the house look more put-together, but it’s also likely that any offers would include the request to fix them anyway. Scratched trim, broken light fixtures, damaged blinds, or holes/cracks in the walls should be fixed or replaced. If you have questions about what to buy or how to make the repairs, take the list to a home improvement store — they should be able to recommend solutions.
Natural light is a big selling point in a home because it often makes rooms feel bigger and airier. To get your home ready to sell fast, open the blinds, take down the curtains, or replace traditional bulbs with daylight bulbs (they mimic natural light). Add mirrors in a darker room to reflect light and help brighten the space.
Clean and organize
A buyer will be looking in every nook and cranny, so it’s vital to clean and organize every area you can think of — remember that they might want to go in the attic or look inside cabinets. Spend extra time in the kitchen and bathroom since those areas are important to buyers, and work to remove any stains on the carpet, flooring or walls. If you dread the task, hiring someone to do a deep clean can really make an impact.
Increase curb appeal
The exterior of the home offers buyers a first impression. Keep the lawn trimmed, plant seasonal flowers in flower pots or beds and make sure the driveway is in good condition. Quickly increase curb appeal with these easy projects.
Depending on the age of your home, there may be small things like cabinet pulls or faucets that make rooms look dated. Choose simple hardware to make kitchens seem more modern, and consider removing any furniture that ages a room.
Decluttering makes it easier to move after selling a home and allows the buyer to have a better look at the house. Clutter can detract from the layout and stifle a person’s ability to imagine themselves living there. Go through each room and get rid of any unwanted items or box up anything you won’t need before the move. Make sure to tackle storage areas like closets, cabinets and the garage, as a potential buyer will likely look at those.
You want a buyer to imagine themselves and their family in the home, which can be difficult if they see too much of your style or personal life. Take out things like pet beds (or move them to a more discrete location), trinkets and photos to allow them to imagine life in the home.
Small changes make a big impact when selling a house
Which of these house selling tips do you think will make the biggest difference? We would love to hear about the progress you’re making to get your home ready to sell. Leave us a comment below or connect with us on Facebook.