10 Ways to Sell Your Home Faster
1. First Impressions Last
Let's start with the most important one first! It's important to make your home look its best when it comes time to show it, so that first impression is everything. Even if you're in a market where homes are selling quickly and for full price, it's still key to spruce up your home and prove that it's worth every penny you're asking. It doesn't have to cost you a fortune. In fact, a great first impression is sometimes all it takes to see a speedy offer come your way.
2. The Front View Greets the Buyer
Make sure it is inviting. Stay on top of your lawn mowing and maintenance. Tidy up your front landscaping. Put a new colorful welcome mat at the front door. Embellish your door area with a nice big potted plant to the side of the front door. A fresh coat of paint on your front door and porch rails will give your entrance a fresh look. Power washing the house, sidewalks, decks and driveways will improve your curb appeal.
3. Dust and Dirt Reduce Appeal
Inspect for cobwebs in the corners, dust ceiling fans, clean dirty baseboards. Vacuum your floor each morning. You may also want to think about getting your carpets cleaned before potential buyers view your house. A small investment in time and cleaning will make your home look its best and give the greatest return.
4. Remove the clutter
Make rooms look larger. If you have too much furniture, place some of it in storage. Remove excess pictures, posters, knickknacks and family photos. Neat and orderly rooms and closets will make rooms look larger!
5. Soft Music and Sweet Aromas are Inviting
Have the intercom or stereo tuned to a station of soft background music. Scented candles and potpourri give a home a pleasant aroma.
6. Kitchens and Bathrooms Sell Homes
Make sure kitchen and bathroom counter tops are as clear as possible. Check and repair caulking around tubs, showers, sinks and counter tops. Thoroughly clean all your appliances, including the inside of your oven and microwave. Make sure all your faucets are drip-free. Hang fresh clean towels in the bathrooms. Make these rooms sparkling clean.
7. Display the Full Value of Your Storage Space
Remove all unnecessary articles from your closets. Now is the time to start packing for your move. Neatly stacked boxes look much better than cluttered shelves and floors.
8. Pay Attention to Details
Repair or replace loose knobs, sticking doors, dirty air filters, loose wallpaper seams and other minor flaws. Invest in a new front doorknob and lock, and new set of street numbers for the house. Remember First Impressions!
9. Let the Sun Shine In
Clean all your windows until they're sparking. Open all your blinds and curtains. If your house's natural light leaves some rooms dark during certain portions of the day, turn on the lights if you know your house may be shown that day. Make sure the light fixtures are clean.
10. Pets Underfoot
Many buyers are very pet sensitive. Keeping them out of the way, preferably out of the house, is best. Pay special attention to pet orders. Removing pet beds, bowls and toys will reduce pet odor and buyer rejection.
Remember that everyone has their own style. You're not trying to impress with your particular brand of decor. Rather, you're trying to present a simple, clean, attractive home that exudes potential - an empty, yet enticing, palette for your home's next owners.