Whether selling a home to move closer to a new job, or because it has become too small to support a growing family, it can be a stressful time. Thankfully, there are things a person can do to make the task a bit easier, and guarantee they will receive the highest price possible in a short amount of time.
1. Organize Documents
Prospective buyers, real estate agents, or lawyers may have questions about the home. That’s why it is best to have any documents relating to the property available. These include any deeds, mortgage papers, or rental agreements, as well as bills relating to utilities or taxes. If there are any outstanding violations or permits, be sure they are dealt with before listing the home.
2. Strategies for Selling
Simplicity is the key to selling a home. The less clutter that is filling the spaces being shown helps prospective sellers to picture the possibilities of how they could decorate each room, rather than focusing on what is already there. Remove personal items and photos, knickknacks, and other items that are not needed for daily life.
3. Tell the Truth
It is always best to disclose any issues the home has with possible buyers. If they hire an inspector, and then discover they have been lied to about any problems with the house, they will lose trust in the seller, and may look elsewhere for a home. If the problems are not discovered until after the house is sold, then a lawsuit could be filed. Avoid these possibilities, and always tell the truth about a home’s problems.
4. Make Some Improvements
Though it isn’t necessary to spend huge amounts of money on large renovations, there are a few things that can be done that can help improve the value of your house and increase interest in it. Paint or wallpaper on dull walls can brighten up rooms. Replacing outdated light switch covers or cabinet handles can modernize a home for little money. If selling in the warmer months, planting some flowers outside can welcome buyers and improve the look of the yard.
5. Sell Fast
Since buyers are in the home for a very short amount of time, it is important to impress them immediately. As well as improvements like landscaping and updating, it is important to keep the yard and house as neat and clean as possible. Also, keep the price reasonable, or buyers will move on to something a bit more affordable, and the house will stay on the market far longer than necessary.
6. The 5 Senses
It is important to engage all 5 of a buyer’s senses when they view a home. There should be pleasant smells, such as freshly baked cakes or cookies, and soft music playing in the background. There should be beverages, or some of those fresh baked goods, available for them to taste. Clean and polished furniture, and soft linens should also be exhibited for them to run their fingers over. The improvements made will take care of what they see.
7. Final Touches
Be sure that all walkways are clear for buyers, and that any window coverings are aligned and allow the natural light to fill the room. Be sure the bathroom is cleared of toiletries, and that the toilet cover is lowered. If there is a baby in the house, pay close attention to any bad smells associated with it, including soiled diapers, clothing, or blankets, and dirty bottles or dishes. Wash all linens and clothing daily, and put fresh ones on the baby’s bed. Also, wash the containers to rid them of the leftover food. Air out the rooms for as long as possible before buyers walk through. Using air freshener can help to clear the air as well.
Though selling a house will still be a stressful and busy time, these tips could help make the process easier, and keep a buyer’s interest at its maximum level. If they come back for a second viewing, then most likely an offer will be soon to follow.