10 Seller tips to get your home sold quick.....

Real Estate Agent with Exit Realty Parnters 009527008


  1. You never have a second chance to make a first impression.   Buyers are already judging your home the second they drive to your house.  Buyers should feel welcome and excited to see the interior while still at the curb.   Dress the exterior with inexpensive shrubs and brightly colored flowers. You can typically get a 100-percent return on the money you put into your home’s curb appeal. Entryways included…remove your coats and shoes. You’re selling, make it inviting by putting in a chair or small bench, adding some fresh flowers or even some cookies is a nice touch.


  2. You want prospective buyer to see themselves living in your home.   Pack up all your tchotchkes, anything that is sitting on top of a countertop, table or other flat surfaces.  It’s also time to pack up family photos and religious décor, put everything in storage and it was be ready to move with you.


  3. Storage is something every buyer is looking for and there can never be too much. Take half the stuff out of your closets (if you haven’t worn it in a year you probably won’t again) then neatly organize what’s left in there. Be sure to keep all your closets and cabinets neat and clean.   Be sure not to store items in places they do not become…this gives the impression that there is not enough storage.


  4. Bring the natural light in… Location, location, location….well next is light, light, light….       Buyers are seeking homes with allot of natural light. Remove the drapes, clean the windows, change the dark lampshades, increase the wattage of your light bulbs and cut the bushes and trees outside to let in sunshine. A bright and cheery home will be quicker to sell.


  5.  Quick fixes before selling always pay off.  Enormous makeovers, not so much. It’s not liking you’ll get your money back if you do a huge improvement project before you put your house on the market. Instead, do updates that will pay off and get you top dollar. Get a new fresh coat of paint on the walls and ceilings. Replace door handles, cabinet hardware, make sure closet doors are on track, and fix leaky faucets.  Replace broken tiles and clean out grout.  Look around your home as if you were the buyer…. If you notice something that needs to be fixed so will a prospective buyer!


  6. You’re selling your kitchen…. The fastest, most inexpensive kitchen updates include painting and new cabinet hardware. Light and Neutral-color paint is best so the buyer is able to see their own vision. If you have a little money to spend, buy one fancy stainless steel appliance, when people see one high-end appliance they think all the rest are expensive too.  When updating your kitchen you’ll probably get 85% of your money back. It may be a few thousand dollars to replace countertops however a buyer may knock $10,000 or more off the asking price if your kitchen looks dated.


  7. Family Pets are loved… but not be all.  The assumption is a cuddly dog would warm the hearts of potential buyers, unfortunately that’s wrong. Not everybody is a dog- or cat-lover and some are very nervous around strange dogs. Buyers don’t want to walk in your home and see and smell the kitty litter box or leave your home covered in pet hair. It will give buyers the impression that your house is not clean. If you’re planning an open house, send the critters to a pet hotel for the day or with a willing relative.


  8.  Your house should always be ready to show and accessible.  You never know when your buyer is going to request a showing in a moment’s notice.  It’s a little inconvenient, but it will get your house sold.  Don’t leave dishes in the sink, keep the dishwasher cleaned out, the bathrooms sparkling and make sure there are no dust and floors are clean. There’s many homes (foreclosures and short sales) for sale that are vacant and can be shown anytime.  You home always needs to be too!


  9. The right price will sell your home.  Buyers are educated about the comparable sales in the area, which heavily influence the fair market value of your home. Competitive pricing is key…. So have your agent get you the sales prices of the three most similar homes that have sold in your area in the last month or so, then shave 10 to 15 percent off the price. You’ll be inundated with multiple bids —with the current low inventory— bidding wars still exist — and they’ll bid up over list price. It takes courage and most sellers don’t want to risk it, but it’s the single best strategy to sell a home in today’s market.


  10.   Selecting the right Agent and to get your home seen and sold quick…. You want an Agent what works hard to sell your home, is tech savvy and responsive.  Homes are viewed on line before buyers will even drive by your home.   Your agent should offer a wealth of online marketing everything from video tours and to online magazines specialized for you home.   Just putting a sign on your lawn does not get you get your house sold.


Comments (1)

Mary Beth Bellomo
Rock Hill, SC

Great information, good job. These are all topics I too try to stress to my Seller. I'm dealing with a conundrum right now because my Seller has a small bedroom with to big of stuff in it, the biggest is a HUGE plant. I'm trying to stress how much floor and area space a buyer wants to see but the plant hasn't moved. Somewhat comical that a plant could be my nemesis. Anyway, great info.

Jan 31, 2014 11:56 PM