Home Selling Tips
Selling your home can be just as stressful as buying one. Use these tips to give your home that extra edge, and remember to make an appointment with one of our agents to make the process as smooth as possible.
Up the Curb Appeal
The first impression potential buyer’s see of your house is the outside. Take the time to pull weeks, trim shrubs and rake leaves. If your house needs a fresh coat of paint or pressure-washed, consider it an investment. Keep your lawn mown the whole time it’s on the market. Take a good, hard look to find any shortcomings outside and be sure to address them.
Be Show-Ready at all Times
You never know when a potential buyer may walk through you door. By keeping your house in peak condition, you will be ready for any house showing. Make sure there are no dishes in the sink or dishwasher. Keep dust off of your surfaces and double check that your kitchen and bathrooms sparkle.
Kitchen Comes First
It’s been said that you’re not just selling a house, you’re selling a kitchen. Everyone needs to eat, so investing in some kitchen updates may be what convinces a buyer to put in an offer. Changing the cabinet hardware or replacing countertops can make a significant difference. If you don’t have the money for a remodel, buying one high-end appliance for the house can update your kitchen enough.
De-Personalize Your House
Unfortunately, a buyer is not interested in your belongings and personalization. They are trying to picture themselves making your house into their home. Get a head start on your packing by removing all of your personal items and putting them in storage. Pack away items like family photos, memorabilia or knick knacks. Paint over loud or dark walls with a light, neutral color to make rooms brighter, larger and more appealing.
Something as simple as removing half of your clothes (either put them in storage, donate them or have a yard sale) can help you sell your home. Buyers will peak around your house while they’re looking at it. A closet that is half-empty makes it look more spacious.
It is time to address the little things that you’ve been “meaning to get to” for the past few years. Fix the small hole in the wall from the recliner being thrown back too hard. Make sure there are no leaky faucets or windows that won’t open all the way. The small things may seem insignificant, but a buyer doesn’t want to worry about fixes when moving into a new home.
Price It Right
Pricing is everything. Work with your Berkshire Hathaway agent to determine the best price for the size of your house and the area where it’s located. Compare your home to similar ones also on the market to have a competitive price.