Introduction

Selling your home will require some effort, but this does not mean it should be a difficult process.

By being wise with your time and energy, you can pave the way for a sale that meets your objectives and allows you to realise the full value of your property.

You will find some of the best home-selling advice below. 

The following are tried-and-true methods for making selling easier and possibly more profitable. Try a few, or all of them if you’re a real go-getter!

Pay Attention to Curb Appeal

The exterior should be one of the first things on your getting your house ready checklist. The landscape – lawn, plants, flowerbeds, etc. – is one of the first things buyers will notice as they approach your home. You don’t need to be extravagant, install a fountain, or hire a professional. You only need to clean up and make sure everything looks neat and, if possible, alive.

Mow the lawn, trim the bushes, and purchase a few bags of mulch to add to the flower beds to tie everything together. First impressions are important in real estate sales. This is one of the simple improvements that will raise the value of your home. Make the most of it!

Declutter Your Home

Making your home clutter-free is one of the most cost-effective home-selling tips! You want to increase the perceived space in your home. The more cluttered the space, the more uncomfortable it will feel. Go through everything and get rid of anything unnecessary.

Having a donation pick-up is one of the best ways to get your house ready to sell. Several charities will come to your house and take your unwanted items for free!

Even if you don’t feel like going through all of your belongings and sorting them, you should at least organize it. Do not cram stuff into the garage and closets. If necessary, rent a storage unit nearby.

Clutter can make your home appear much smaller than it is. This is not a good thing if you want to get the most out of your sale. Buyers today prefer bright open spaces that are not obstructed by any personal items.

Keep in mind that a significant proportion of the population lacks vision. Make it easier for the buyer by providing something they can visualise.

An uncluttered, clean space is one of the things that will help sell a house quickly. It all comes down to the buyer visualising themselves in your home.

Consider a Fresh Coat of Paint

Dark, colors can distort the perception of space. Rooms with old, stained paint appear unappealing. You can change the entire feel of your home by painting it in light colors and, ideally, with the help of a knowledgeable Real Estate agent or interior designer.

A fresh coat of paint is the only home improvement that will give you the most bang for your buck. It is critical to use neutral colors when selling your home.

Remember that selling your home is about appealing to the masses, not personal preferences. For the best results, stick to off-white and light creamy colours.

Hire a Real Estate Agent

Working with a professional to sell your home has many advantages and relieves you of much of the heavy lifting.

An experienced Realtor can frequently sell your home faster and for a higher price than you can. This is, in fact, one of the most important home-selling tips. Just make sure that you hire the right agent!

A real estate agent can be a great source of knowledge in pricing your home correctly before they even begin their work of selling a home. Everything else you do will be meaningless unless you have the right price!

Make Sure Your Photos are On Point

The photos you include with your listing can make or break your sale. They are the first thing that anyone notices. If you are not a skilled photographer and neither is your Real Estate agent, hire one. It is well worth the money.

Many sellers hire a real estate agent but fail to check on one of the most critical aspects of the selling process: how does the home being marketed appear online? This is such an important consideration, and yet many sellers overlook it.

Your home’s photography can influence a buyer’s perception of the property, for better or worse!

Online Marketing

Old School real estate agents can be slow to adopt new marketing channels.

You want to hire someone who knows exactly how to make your home shine online.

Real estate agents who have mastered their online presence recognize the significance of making your home “stand out” from the competition. It all starts with your photography.

You can be all over the internet without good photos, but it won’t matter because your presentation will be pointless.

A growing number of people use major social media platforms such as Facebook, Pinterest, Linkedin, and Twitter.

If they are looking for a home and your agent is marketing through these channels, you may notice an increase in showing activity.

Put up a “For Sale” Sign

With so much emphasis on online marketing – which is critical, of course – it’s easy to overlook the fundamentals.

Putting a “For Sale” sign in the yard will inform everyone and make it easier for people to find the house. Some people want to “hide their house” for a variety of reasons. Frankly, this can be a huge mistake. Real estate signage should never be underestimated by home sellers. Many homes have been sold as a result of a sign over the years.

Make the Most Out of Good Lighting

A home that is bright and cheerful is more appealing to buyers. Allow sunlight in if possible, and improve lighting if your home is dark.

Adding brighter light bulbs can also help. When there is a scheduled showing, one of the things to bear in mind is to keep all of their curtains drawn and lights turned on.

Again, the appearance of your home is critical. Small changes, such as lighting, can make a big difference while costing you nothing!

Make Your Kitchen Appealing

Many buyers are particularly interested in kitchens, so make sure yours is appealing.

The kitchen is the most important room in the home, according to most real estate agents.

It makes sense because it is typically where we spend the majority of our time. Make every effort to make your kitchen as appealing as possible.

Organize Your Home

People looking at your house will open every door, including closets and the garage.

You can help your sale by keeping these areas reasonably organised. The better they look, the easier it is for buyers to imagine themselves living there with all of their belongings.

This relates to one of my previous home-selling tips, decluttering. As part of the process, you should organize your closets and garage.

You may also want to gather some moving boxes and place excess things in them to make your home feel more spacious.

Be Flexible With Showings

When you want to sell your home quickly, it’s critical to be as accommodating with showing requests as possible. Yes, last-minute showings can cause a scheduling snarl, but no one is going to buy your house if they can’t see it for themselves! If you are unwilling to accommodate buyers’ schedules, your home may sit on the market for an extended period of time.

Organize an open house

A well-timed weekend open house is essential if you want to sell your house fast. It’s the simplest way to get a large number of buyers through the door.

Make the necessary preparations, such as cleaning the house, arranging fresh flowers, providing a few treats, and preparing flyers that buyers can take with them after their tour.

Accommodate private showings.

Buyers who request a private showing may have never seen your home before, or they may have seen it at an open house and want to take a closer look.

As previously stated, it’s critical to be as accommodating as possible when it comes to showing your home, even if that means keeping your home tour-ready around the clock.

If you list your home for sale by owner, be prepared to host your own tours. If you’re using an agent, they should either give you a tour or leave a lock box for the buyer and their agent. 

If at all possible, the seller should avoid attending the showing because it can make buyers feel uneasy.

Greg Bilbro

Greg Bilbro is the CEO and co-founder of Fair Property Buyers. After 20 years as a residential Realtor, Greg founded Fair Property Buyers, a nationwide group of real estate professionals committed to helping homeowners sell their problem properties quickly and easily. Fair Property Buyers helps people across the U.S. sell their homes for a fair cash price, without the hassles. Prior to starting Fair Property Buyers, Greg was a Series 7 and 63 securities and registered investment advisor with New York Life and NYLife Securities, where he was named “Rookie of the Year,” and named the youngest Partner in the U.S. Greg is a native of Texas and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of New Mexico. He currently hangs his hat in Scottsdale, Arizona with his sidekick Frenchie, “Bity".

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