Summary of HGTV’s Top 10 Home Selling Secrets
Pricing it right
Find out what your home is worth, then shave 15 to 20 % off the price. You’ll be stampeded by buyers with multiple bids and they’ll bid up the price over what it’s worth. It takes real courage but it’s the single best strategy to sell a home in today’s market.
Take half the stuff out of your closets then neatly organize what’s left. Buyers will snoop, so be sure to keep all your closets and cabinets clean and tidy.
Light it up
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, cut the bushes outside to let in sunshine etc. Do what you have to do to make your house bright and cheery – it will make it more sellable.
Play the agent field
Make sure you have a real estate agent who is totally informed. Find a broker who embraces technology – a tech-savvy one has many tools to get your house sold.
Conceal the critters
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. If you’re planning an open house, send the critters to a pet hotel for the day.
Quick fixes before selling always pay off. Mammoth makeovers, not so much. Get a new fresh coat of paint on the walls, replace door handles, cabinet hardware, make sure closet doors are on track, fix leaky faucets and clean the grout.
Take the home out of your house
The more personal stuff in your house, the less potential buyers can imagine themselves living there. Get rid of a third of your stuff – put it in storage. This includes family photos, memorabilia collections and personal keepsakes.
The kitchen comes first
You’re not actually selling your house, you’re selling your kitchen – that’s how important it is. The benefits of remodeling your kitchen are endless, and you’ll probably get 85% of your money back. It may be a few thousand dollars to replace countertops where a buyer may knock $10,000 off the asking price if your kitchen looks dated. The fastest, most inexpensive kitchen updates include painting and new cabinet hardware.
Always be ready to show
Your house needs to be “show-ready” at all times You have to be available whenever a potential buyer wants to come see the place. Don’t leave dishes in the sink, keep the bathrooms sparkling and make sure there are no dust bunnies in the corners. It’s a little inconvenient, but it will get your house sold.
The first impression is the only impression
No matter how good the interior of your home looks, buyers have already judged your home before they walk through the door. You never have a second chance to make a first impression. It’s important to make people feel warm, welcome and safe as they approach the house. Spruce up your home’s exterior. You can typically get a 100-percent return on the money you put into your home’s curb appeal.
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