Home: House is Sold SuccessfullyWhether you lived in your house for only a few years or spent many years in your home, getting your house ready to sell can be over whelming.  Here are few tips on how to approach this task and hopefully bring in top dollar for your home.

  • Depersonalize your home by removing photos and memorabilia. You want potential buyers to be able to picture themselves in your home and this is a lot easier when they don’t see pictures of your children or your favorite team decorating the walls.
  • Make sure you price your house correctly from the start. The first few weeks a house is listed is usually when you will get the most traffic.  Asking the right price from the beginning is key to moving your house quickly.  When the price is high and then lowered later, this can result in a slower sale.
  • Quick fixes are better than over upgrading. Doing a massive improvement on your home to get it ready to sell doesn’t always give you a return on your money. Instead, do some in-expensive upgrades, like painting the walls and the ceilings. Resurface kitchen cabinets if they are in bad shape.  Maybe give your kitchen appliances a facelift with some new panels or new doors.  Toilet seats and bathroom vanities can be very inexpensive to replace as well. Don’t forget the kitchen and bathrooms are the rooms that potential buyers really focus on.
  • First impressions are real important, so put emphasis on your home’s curb appeal. Make sure your home’s exterior is not in need of paint. You should have fresh mulch and new sod.  Freshen up your flower beds and have some nice hanging or potted plants in the entry way.  Give the front door a new fresh coat of paint.  Don’t forget, you never get another chance to make a good first impression.
  • Storage is an important factor to a potential buyer. It is very important to make your home seem like it has ample storage. It’s probably a good idea to clean out closets.  Make them appear half empty, as people will open closet doors and cabinets. This is a good time to clear out your clutter. Remember storage space sells.