I know every realtor has their own set of tips, and the amount of information out there is substantial. However, I would be a neglectful real estate broker if my blog did not once cover tips for selling your home.
1 - The most important thing is to keep your house clean and clutter free. This begins during meetings with the broker, when he must photograph the home looking its best. Your goal should be to make your home look magazine worth. Rent a storage unit if necessary, but make sure corners are cleared out and surfaces are uncluttered. One tip is to remove things from under and on top of furniture. For a resident, the top of that bookcase may offer additional storage, and a basket can be tucked neatly underneath a coffee table, but in photos all those additional things make the room appear smaller. Statistically, a home will sell for 10-15% more when it is clutter free.
2 - When showing your house, turn on lights and lamps. Even in photographs, having the lights on creates a warmer, more inviting feel. You want people to gain an emotional connection to your house and picture themselves living there.
3 - Freshen up curb appeal. Make your home the prettiest on the block, or at least make it fit in with the rest of the homes nearby. Bark is inexpensive and can be quickly spread to immediately brighten the look of your home. Depending on the season, purchase flowers or greenery that can be planted or potted around your home to add color.
4 - Price your home right! This is a very important step...you want to make as much as you can off of the sale and the buyer wants to save as much as they can. By looking at the comparative market analasys (CMA) you can determine what other similar homes nearby are selling for. Your broker can search listing history to help you determine an appropriate rate. Lot size, views, home construction and features are all factors to consider when determining the value of your home.
And with that, you have begun the journey of selling your home!