Listing your home for sale is an exciting life event. It is the end of one era and the beginning of a new one so there are bound to be lots of emotions tied to it.
At the same time, selling your house can be quite stressful as there is no guarantee it will sell fast and for the asking price.
The last thing you want is to be stuck many months down the road without a single offer and no idea how to make your home appear more appealing.
Why not boost your odds of success and use these tips to sell fast and for top dollar.
Increase Curb Appeal
One of the most effective tips experts offer is to increase the home’s curb appeal. You don’t want people to just pass by your home without a second look, you want to grab their attention and encourage them to inquire about the listing.
Increasing curb appeal doesn’t have to be expensive either, as you can focus on cleaning up the exterior, trimming back overgrown hedges/bushes/trees, keeping the grass well-maintained, fixing up any issues, and making it look loved.
If you do have some money to put into the curb appeal, you can do any of these steps:
- Place a couple of large planters at the front door filled with brightly colored flowers
- Re-paint the garage door and front door
- Add outdoor furniture to patios or decks
- Make sure all clutter is removed from the yard
- Install modern and stylish exterior lighting
In the event that you do not know how to increase the curb appeal of your home, you can always hire professionals.
There are several that can help you to make some quick changes that automatically increase the value of your home without putting too much debt in your wallets.
Even if you do have to pay for such a service, what you spend basically pays itself once you make the sale since you will surely receive much more than what you spent.
Hold an Open House
Whether you are working with an agent to sell your home or you’re doing it yourself, an open house should happen as soon as you list the home.
You want to create as much interest as possible right out of the gate. But not every open house is seen as a success, and there are some steps that experts recommend homeowners take.
This blog post on the top 10 tips to make your first open house a success includes such items as making sure it’s clean and organized, use professional staging, make sure no personal items are lying around, be realistic with the pricing, bake bread/cookies/muffins right before the open house (the smell will create a welcoming feel), kids and pets shouldn’t be home during the open house, and make sure the front entrance feels welcoming and tidy.
As with the tip about increasing curb appeal, you can hire a real estate agent who is experienced enough to stage perfect open house events.
They can do wonders when it comes to making the home look much more welcoming than you initially thought. Very small changes can make a huge difference when it comes to making a great first impression.
Focus On the Main Rooms
The final tip is to be aware of the main rooms that potential buyers will be ultra-critical of and give them what they want. Rooms that can make or break a sale include the kitchen, bathrooms, and the master bedroom.
This is where you can spend a little money to spruce up the house, but be careful not to overspend. You don’t want to over-upgrade the house and not get your money out of the investment.
Take into account the main purpose of the home. For instance, if the property is meant to be a family house, stay focused on the rooms that would be very valuable for a family.
When the house would be used in the future by students, having something like a game room is so much better than anything else.
Basically, you want to think about the intended buyers. This will help you make very smart decisions in regards to what you can upgrade and what you should avoid putting money into.
Get the Deal You’re After
By using all of these tips and making an effort to see your home through the eyes of potential buyers, you’ll be making sure you sell it quickly and at top dollar.
However, if there is only one thing that you can do because you do not have time or enough money for serious investments, the best thing you can do is to get in touch with a real estate agent that can offer you information about what you could do and what you should not do.
Find one that works mainly for sellers and discuss everything with him for the fastest options available.