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5 Secrets to Selling your Home

Updated: Jun 15, 2018

I came across this article and decided to elaborate on what I think are the MOST IMPORTANT parts. (Not in any specific order-they're all important)

The idea for this post comes from an HGTV article that I posted the link to below...

#5: Pricing it Right Find out what your home is worth, then shave 15 to 20 percent off the price. You’ll be stampeded by buyers with multiple bids — even in the worst markets — and they’ll bid up the price over what it’s worth. It takes real courage and most sellers just don’t want to risk it, but it’s the single best strategy to sell a home in today’s market.

My Opinion: I agree. I completely agree. This is how you get multiple bids in this crazy market. Multiple bids will more than likely guarantee to get an above-ask offer. That wont happen if you don't price it right in the first place. If your home is overpriced, you will know. You wont get offers. Not good ones anyway.... Buyers like to feel like they are getting a deal. The key is to make your home seem like an unbelievable price for that home, and it will bid it up.

#4: Half-empty closets Storage is something every buyer is looking for and can never have enough of. Take half the stuff out of your closets then neatly organize what’s left in there. Buyers will snoop, so be sure to keep all your closets and cabinets clean and tidy.

My Opinion: Don't read this like they snoop through your stuff. That's the part I read and the part that stuck... that wont happen, don't worry. Read this like you need to de-clutter, organize, and CLEAN.

I think that organization and keeping it decluttered and tidy is huge. Usually people shove things in their closets trying to make it appear clean. They don't realize that yes, buyers will definitely look in closets and any storage area available. You can never have enough room for storage!

Little things like cleaning the oven, the refrigerator grate, cleaning bath and ceiling fans, as well as cold air returns.... they're all important. The key is making your home shine like a brand-new penny. It takes work, but it will help to get top dollar for your home.

#3: Light it up Maximize the light in your home. After location, good light is the one thing that every buyer cites that they want in a home. Take down the drapes, clean the windows, change the lampshades, increase the wattage of your light bulbs and cut the bushes outside to let in sunshine. Do what you have to do make your house bright and cheery – it will make it more sellable.

My Opinion: Yes. Yes. Yes. Lighting is VERY important. Even having dark colors painted on the wall can hurt the appearance of light. If you don't have much for Natural Light in a room, do your best to make as much as possible, and leave them on for the showings so the Realtor isn't seen trying to turn on so many lights. You will get bonus points in the buyer's eyes if you have dark colors on the wall and are able to make it appear with great lighting... I don't advise trying though. I'd rather just paint a lighter color to help instead...

#2: Don’t over-upgrade Quick fixes before selling always pay off. Mammoth makeovers, not so much. You probably won’t 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. Clean the curtains or go buy some inexpensive new ones. Replace door handles, cabinet hardware, make sure closet doors are on track, fix leaky faucets and clean the grout.

My Opinion: In this one, yes I think quick fixes are a must, however I think having a CLEAN, DECLUTTERED home is much more important. Little things like cleaning the oven, the refrigerator grate, cleaning bath and ceiling fans, as well as cold air returns.... they're all important. The key is making your home shine like a brand-new penny. It takes work, but it will help to get top dollar for your home.

#1: Conceal the critters

You might think a cuddly dog would warm the hearts of potential buyers, but you’d be wrong. Not everybody is a dog- or cat-lover. Buyers don’t want to walk in your home and see a bowl full of dog food, smell the kitty litter box or have tufts of pet hair stuck to their clothes. 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.

My Opinion: Concealment is very important. You don't have to send them away but if they are going to be in a cage/crate inside for a showing... make sure your animal doesn't bark. If you have a noisy animal, I suggest keeping them away from the showings. Otherwise, a crate works just fine.

So overall, I think this article is great, there were 10 Selling Secrets in the article, feel free to click the link to read the entire article. I think they covered a lot, however the forgot something VERY IMPORTANT.

SMELL. Weather its dirty laundry/sheets, or from pets, the Smell of your home is HUGE. Whatever you do, DO NOT overload your home with air fresheners. I promise, the smell of mixing strong odors is far worse than doing nothing. And if you have air fresheners because you want your home to smell nice, be careful. Too much sent will make buyers wonder what you are trying to 'cover up' even if there is nothing.

Just remember, its the little things that you can do to help you get the most out of the sale of your home.

Here you can find the rest of the article from HGTV.

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