You probably haven’t noticed just how much dirt has slowly accumulated on your driveway and deck over the years – but trust me: it’s not clean. First impressions are everything – so make sure your first impression shines.
The mailbox is often overlooked as a trivial part of the home- but having a brand new mailbox is another simple and inexpensive way to show potential buyers that the house is fresh and updated.
Landscaping is a small cost, yet is one of the most important things to do to help sell a house. The good thing is it generally just requires some sweat equity and an afternoon trimming the lawn and garden.
I’m sure you’ve heard the claims before – the human sense of smell can trigger powerful emotions in a potential buyer. A fresh scent signifies “new” – which everyone loves!
It’s important to clear away the clutter. By getting rid of junk and putting all your extra stuff in storage, you bring out the beauty of the room and help the room look larger, cleaner, and all around awesome.
Don’t hold on to a high price if you aren’t getting any offers. The first 2 weeks of listing is critical. Take the feedback from home-lookers and Agent and adjust your price quickly and accept that your original price may have been optimistic.
Encourage your close neighbors to clean up their properties before your first open day. It may be as simple as mowing their nature strip!
Make sure that darker rooms have higher wattage bulbs to brighten them up. It’s cheap to replace and bright rooms = happy rooms.
You can’t go wrong with fresh paint on trims, doors, or windows. You’d be surprised at how new a house can look with just fresh paint.
If they seem outdated, update them! Every prospect will notice these small things. Use some WD-40 spray to fix squeaks and creaks.
Do the cleaning inside and out. It gives better light and view to the outside. A $1 bottle of window cleaner and paper towel can do wonders!
Posting your listing in other online directories can help improve your chances of selling fast. Nearly all buyers check online for houses, so don’t get left behind.
Spread the word whenever you can
Sometimes, right before a showing, you just need a “quick clean” if time is limited. Things you may want to consider first are the bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchen sink.
Nothing beats doing your research and setting the right price. More often than not, you may need an Agent to help you calculate what that perfect price is – so don’t be afraid of asking.
Even when you hire a real estate agent – they won’t do as good of a job marketing as you could. Be the marketer you are looking for! Spread the news on social media, inform everyone you know that you are selling your home, and encourage others to share the news.
Naturally, you want to get rid of all personal items and all family pictures from around the house (clear the clutter, remember?) However, having neutral furniture and accessories in the home can help a buyer visualise what the home will look like for them.
Makes a good presentation by turning on all the lights in the home when having a showing. It’s a simple trick – but it works.
Play some soothing or popular music during open houses. This may give buyers a boost in confidence.
You don’t need to completely replace your cabinets just replace or paint the doors for a much cheaper alternative.
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