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A common question I receive from home owners is what to do to help sell their home faster. There really are some simple steps that can make a huge difference. Here are my top 5 things you can do in a weekend to help sell your home faster:
Start with the 'curb appeal': Its true, there are a billion shows on HGTV about curb appeal and they go way overboard most of the time. It doesn't need to be nearly that complicated! Start by removing all signs of deterioration, such as rust on the mailbox, dead vegetation, and patches of dirt (just put down some grass seed on bare spots). Next plant some fresh flowers, cut back vegetation, pick up branches, pull out weeds, and keep the lawn mowed. Presto, in a few hours you have enhanced your curb appeal 100%, now its time to move inside!
From the ground up, how is the flooring?: Walk in from the outside and take a good hard look at your flooring. Is your carpet matted or dirty? Does your hardwood floor have scrapes and gouges all over it? Are the colors crazy and out of control? If your answer to all of these questions is "no", then good for you! Just clean them, vacuum, etc and you are probably good to go. Move on to step 3! If not, then you should probably take a look at your budget and see if you have any room to get new carpeting or your floors refinished. If you can't do the whole house, that's not the end of the world. Most buyers don't expect everything to be brand new and perfect. Just focus on the main living areas, and what you see when you first enter the house. It makes a big impact visually when someone steps into a house with NEW everywhere.
Your kitchen can sell your house!: If you have a nice open kitchen with some great features, don't squander it by leaving it unclean. The kitchen should be clutter free (nothing on the counters! get out that coffee pot each morning), and it should be absolutely spotless. Unpleasant smells can be a big turnoff in a kitchen. Run a lemon half through your garbage disposal, put some baking soda in the fridge(yes buyers will look, don't act like you don't), and clean your stove top. Most buyers expect an open, bright, clean kitchen...give it to them!
Keep it clean and clutter free: Just like the kitchen you should try to keep your house as clean as you possibly can. Including things you wouldn't normally clean, like light fixtures, book shelves, picture frames, office desks, and anywhere else that collects dust. Having a maid service clean your house for you while the home is listed a couple of times a month can be a huge help and it may really pay off in the end. You also want to be sure to get rid of the clutter as much as you can in your home. The garage and basement can be the biggest culprits. People want to see nice wide open spaces when they are going through your house. Don't make them look past all of your stuff to see it. Have a garage sale or put some things in storage. It may even surprise you how much room it opens up.
Don't make it so personal: When I say don't make it so personal, I actually mean two different things. One, unpersonalize your house as much as possible. The buyer needs to be able to see themselves living in the home. This is hard to accomplish looking at a bunch of your wedding and baby photos. Just take them down and replace them with some neutral paintings or pictures. The second part of my meaning, is not to take things too personally when selling your home. People will be critical, people will send in low offers, and people will complain. This is just how it is, and as hard as it is, you need to separate yourself from your house. After all, you are trying to sell it aren't you?? :)
Hope these tips help someone out there. If you need some profesional advice on how to stage your home to sell I would be happy to swing by and give you my thoughts. Good luck!
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