When it comes time to sell your home you naturally want top dollar for it. Typically, a home gets the most attention during its first 30 days on the market. After that interest begins to slow. When interest in your home becomes stagnant, then the price begins to drop. Here are some things you can do not only to generate interest but make your home more valuable so that you can get your home sold quickly and for top dollar.
Many people think that they have to ask for a higher price when they put their home on the market to create room for negotiation. If you go in too high, however, it can hurt you. Buyers and their agents will think that you are not serious or they are afraid that you will be unwilling to negotiate at all because you value your home too highly. Ultimately, you will scare potential buyers away.
Create Curb Appeal
You never get a second chance to make a first impression, so make that first impression count. Keep the yard mowed and weeded. Attend to the landscaping regularly. As long as things are tidy you do not necessarily need a flower bed but flowers are nice to have. Also make sure that the front door is clean with a fresh coat of paint and free of dents and scratches. If your driveway is paved, make sure any cracks have been patched.
Clear Away the Clutter
Inside of your house, the first and least expensive thing you should do is clean it. Get rid of all the clutter, sweep, mop, clean windows and dust. Having things stacked up everywhere not only makes things look messy but will make the place feel crowded. It will also make buyers wonder how well you actually take care of the house.
Update the Interior
Some updating can help to make your home more appealing to buyers. Be careful about what you do, however, to ensure you get the best return on your investment. Sometimes the smallest updates can bring the biggest return. For example some fresh paint and new fixtures can make a room feel brand new. More expensive updates that you can make may include new appliances. Ask your realtor what buyers are looking for in your market before you take on any remodeling, because not every update is worth what you put into it. A pool for example, might be seen as a plus if your house is in the Texas panhandle, but not in North Dakota.
Take all personal effects and touches out of the house. Put away family photos and paint any bright or boldly colored walls in a neutral tone. Any and all pet items need to disappear. When potential buyers come to see your home, the canvas needs to be as blank as possible. If it looks like your home when they walk in then they will have difficulty seeing it as their home.
Sell the Lifestyle
When you set up your house listing, do not just describe the house. Talk about the neighborhood, too. Talk about how good the schools are. Mention restaurants, shopping and entertainment. Your ad isn’t just there to sell the house, but the lifestyle. Let buyers know that the house and the neighborhood both have a lot to offer.
Put the Word Out
Buyers are not going to be interested in your house if they are not aware that it is available. Not only should you have a sign in your yard, but you should be listed everywhere. Make sure you are listed in any local realty publications as well as on all of the major realty sites. The more exposure you have, the better chance you have of finding a buyer. Also, make sure that listings have plenty of photos. Add a virtual tour if that is an option. The more they can see of a house before they come to visit, the more likely you are to have serious buyers when they do come.
When you sell your home, there are a few things you can do to make sure you get top dollar. The less time it spends on the market, the more likely you are to get a good price. Making your home appealing to buyers and giving them as much information as possible before they arrive will help you find serious buyers quickly. And making updates judiciously will ensure that you get the best return on investment for your renovation dollars. All of this will help you to get the best price for your house.