Top 100 Selling Tips

Selling a home in market like this one — filled with foreclosures and crowded with other sellers — can be tough on your mental state and on your finances. That’s why it’s essential to do all you can to get your home looking good and drawing in buyers. Most homeowners will be happy to learn that you don’t have to invest in a whole home renovation to spruce it up. In fact, many fixes that are a big help in selling your home can be done on a budget and require little besides some time and elbow grease to do. If you’re looking for some ways to make your home stand out and get sold, here are some simple hacks you can try:

Essentials

These basics are something every homeowner needs to do when putting their house on the market.

  1. Paint your walls a neutral color. You might like bright and bold colors, but potential buyers might not. Paint the walls a light, neutral color that will allow anyone viewing your home to picture themselves in it.
  2. Clear out clutter. Buyers don’t want to see closets that are overflowing, garages that can’t house a car and kitchen counters littered with spices and appliances. Clean things up before putting your house on the market for better success.
  3. Use what you’ve got. You likely don’t have the time or money to mount a full-on renovation if you’re trying to sell your home, so use paint, simple fixes and things you already have to make your home look great.
  4. Stage your rooms. You don’t have to be a professional to take some steps to stage your home. Clean up, change a few items of decor and rearrange your rooms to give things a clean, streamlined appeal.
  5. Don’t take on big renovations. When you’ve put your home on the market isn’t the best time to undertake major projects. Not only is it expensive, it makes your home difficult to show, so focus on small fixes instead and let buyers handle the renovations if needed.
  6. Imagine you’re the buyer. Try taking a look at your home from an objective point of view. What would you change or fix up? Use this information to help spruce up your space.

Outside

The outside of your home is the first thing potential buyers will see, so use these hacks to make sure it wows them.

  1. Pay attention to curb appeal. First impressions can go a long way, so make sure your home makes a good one. Step out to the curb to see just how your home holds up and what you can do to help it.
  2. Clean out gutters. You don’t want water overflowing in places if buyers see your home on a rainy day. Get up on your roof and clean out your gutters ahead of time.
  3. Stage outdoor spaces. Staging isn’t just for indoor spaces. Make your deck and outdoor entertaining areas as appealing as possible with plants, paint and great design.
  4. Clean and maintain any outdoor furniture, pools or entertainment spaces. Buyers are going to look at your outdoor spaces critically as well, so make sure everything you have out there is in good repair and as close to move-in condition as possible.

Cleaning

Keeping your home clean and tidy when you’re trying to sell is essential. Use these hacks to make sure you’re covering all your bases when it comes to cleanliness.

  1. Keep your home as clean as possible. That way you’ll be ready for buyers to come see it at any time they’d like to.
  2. Clean the windows. It’s amazing what a good cleaning will do for windows. You may not have even realized how much light was being blocked by years of dirt and grime.
  3. Wash any walls you do not wish to paint. You don’t have to totally paint a room to make it look nice. Sometimes just wiping down a wall can make a big difference.
  4. Focus on the bathroom and kitchen. These are spaces that buyers are most concerned be clean, so focus your attention on them first.

Clutter

You want to make your home appear as spacious as possible, and if it’s filled with junk, well, you’re going to have a hard time doing that. Use these tips to help get your home clutter-free.

  1. Have a garage sale. It can help you make some money to use for renovations and get rid of things you don’t need at the same time.
  2. Only have what you need in a space. When you’re selling your home, it’s best to pare things down to essentials. Clear out anything in a room that you’re not using on a regular basis
  3. Hide personal items. Photos, memorabilia, personal care products and other items shouldn’t be out on display. Put them in a drawer or cabinet instead.
  4. Keep drawers and closets only partially full. You want to make it look like there is abundant space, so only utilize about 80 percent of the space in your storage.
  5. Don’t forget the garage. Clean out the garage and make sure there’s room to put a car in. If you want to go all out, hang up bikes and yard equipment to fully organize the space.

Business

While you want to work on your home itself, being smart about the business end of real estate can be a big element in your success when it comes to selling your home. Learn more with these tips.

  1. Don’t volunteer information to buyers. You never know what answer they’re expecting to hear and you could do more harm than good. Let your realtor handle the situation.
  2. Choose a great real estate agent. Finding a real estate agent who will work with your interests is essential. Shop around or use recommendations from friends.
  3. Go outside when buyers are touring your home. It can make buyers nervous to have the sellers in the home when they are touring it, so step out when your home is going to be shown.
  4. Compare prices with other homes in the area. You want to make sure you’re not charging too much or too little for your home. Your real estate agent can help you come up with a good figure.
  5. Figure out why buyers aren’t choosing your home. If your home has been on the market for a while, contact buyers and agents to see why they chose another and not yours. There may be something missing or detracting from your home that you’re not aware of.
  6. Have a for-sale sign in the yard. Many potential home buyers see homes they’re interested in simply by driving by. You’ll increase your chances of attracting their attention by displaying a for sale sign.
  7. Advertise on the web. There are numerous websites out there where you can advertise your home as being for sale. Take advantage of them and do all the self-marketing your can.
  8. Take good photos of your home. Whether you’re putting an ad in a paper or online, make sure the photos you take of your home are well-done. Blurry or dark photos aren’t going to sell anything.
  9. Don’t overprice. It can be tempting to want to get as much as possible out of your home, but in a market like this one, competitiveness is key.
  10. Ask for advice. If you’re struggling with selling your home, look to friends and real estate professionals for advice on how to tackle any issues that come up.

Atmosphere

Is your home an inviting, cozy and nice place to be? If it isn’t quite there yet, help make the atmosphere perfect for a sale with help from these tips.

  1. Get some new accessories. New throw pillows, candles, and matching home decor can give a room new life without costing a bundle.
  2. Pay attention to lighting. Especially if your home is being shown at night. Have good lamps and room lighting to show your home in the best possible light.
  3. Keep pets out of the way. If you’ve got dogs or cats, make sure to keep them out of the way while buyers are walking through the home.
  4. Keep it real. Your home doesn’t need to look like it’s ready for a magazine cover. Buyers know you live there, so while you should take care to keep things clean and nice, don’t go overboard.
  5. Remember that you’re not decorating for yourself. Decor shouldn’t be about what you like but what will appeal to the general public.

Easy Improvements

These hacks will have your home looking its best in no time.

  1. Make cosmetic updates. Filling in holes, fixing small things and cleaning up stains, spills and scuffs are all projects that can be completed in an afternoon but that will make you home look leaps and bounds better.
  2. Replace leaky faucets. Got a leaky faucet in your home? Buyers are sure to notice, so get the problem fixed or buy a new faucet.
  3. Fix leaks, creaks and holes. With a little WD-40, spackle and elbow grease you can reduce the ambient noises in your home.
  4. Have any water leakage problems repaired. Few things will turn off buyers faster than signs of water damage. If you’ve got a leaky roof or basement, get it fixed, stat. You’ll also want to repair any interior damage it has done as well.

Staging

Staging can go a long way towards making your home look great and getting buyers to go for it. Learn the ins and outs from these hacks below.

  1. Update furniture. Outdated furniture can make your home seem outdated as well. Get a few pieces of more modern, updated furniture to put in your space instead.
  2. Create warm and inviting spaces. Your home should be a place that makes buyers feel at home there as well. Use warm colors, cozy setups and accessible styles to make it appealing to the widest range of buyers.
  3. Go for minimal. Less can be more when it comes to selling your home. Work at striking a balance between your home feeling empty and too full of your personal items.
  4. Pay attention to flow. The flow of a room can be a big deal with buyers. If you have a room that is a pass way between two spaces, make sure there’s no furniture in the way making it hard to navigate.
  5. Design for spaciousness. You want your home to look as big as possible to buyers, so do what you can to make spaces look big and bright. That means small, light furniture and brighter wall colors.
  6. Make it happy. A happy space is one that buyers will fall in love with. Forego dreary colors and tired furniture and opt for bright, light and clean instead.
  7. Talk to a professional stager. He or she can help you to figure out just what would be best to do in your home and where you problem areas are. If you’re on a tight budget, have them create a plan and do the work yourself.
  8. Focus on the main rooms. These are the rooms that buyers will be most concerned about, so make sure spaces like the kitchen, living room and master bedroom look the best.
  9. Be creative. There are numerous ways to make your home look appealing to buyers, so be creative. You may find a theme, color scheme or layout that is great when you’re open to new ideas.
  10. Use what you have. You may not need to go out and buy new things to furnish your home. Use things you already have around the house and revamp them to make them work in your space.

For more of the 100 tips, please go to the article by AccountingDegree.com: 100 Simple Hacks That Can Help Sell Your Home.

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