10 FREE tips for getting ready to sell your house?

Dated: January 14 2021

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Are you getting ready to sell your house? Then here are 10 tips that will help you put more money in your pocket.  Selling a home, entails a whole lot more than just installing a "For Sale" sign on your front lawn and uploading a few random photos of your place - especially if you’re looking for getting the most cash. (And, honestly, who isn’t?)

So before you put your house on the market, think of these 10 tips

1. Interview three and hire one real estate agent

It can be tempting, to think you could sell your house yourself but resist the urge, especially in a hot market, says Rob Dietrich, a REALTOR with eXp Realty in Atlanta.  He found that a "for sale by owner" transaction is almost always a disaster, leading you to sacrifice both money and time.

Also, don’t just blindly hire the agent who most recently sent you a flyer or the one your uncle’s friend's co-worker's cousin used. Do some research and find an agent who is knowledgeable about your specific market, and then interview them to make sure they are a good fit.

Look for an agent who has an attention to detail, a track record, and also displays the REALTOR logo.  Why?  Because a REALTOR is bound by a code of ethics above and beyond an estate agent.

Also, your agent should be someone you feel comfortable working with, whom you trust to sell your house and understands how to value your home accurately and list at the correct price.

2. List your home at the right price

A huge part of getting the most for your sale is listing your home at the right price. The parts of the equation to sell a home is Price + Condition + Marketability = Salability.  Price is the easiest to control and must be priced right at the market. A great agent will show you how he arose at this price, but it’s based on recent sales, market trends in your local area, and definitely on the condition of your home.  A great agent will take you to a few active ‘for sale’ neighboring properties in your area (which by the way are your competitors) to help you understand value. Listing your home at the correct price is the best way to attract multiple offers and get you more than your list price. Also a good agent will get you a back-up contract to keep the primary buyer honest. 

3. Consider your curb appeal

Yes, for better or worse, buyers do tend to judge a book by its cover. You want to make sure your potential buyers first impression of your home is a good one—and inspires them to stop by the open house or schedule a tour—so they can see more.

By investing some effort in relatively easy fixes, like planting colorful flowers and repainting your front door, the outside of your house can beckon prospective buyers to come on in.

If you're not sure how to improve your home's curb appeal, ask your real estate agent for advice on how others in your area have improved the exterior before selling their houses.

4. Declutter & Depersonalise

Less is definitely more when it comes to getting your house ready to show

Make sure all counters, windowsills, tables, and all other visible areas are clean, and then tackle behind closed doors: closets, drawers, and cupboards—since virtually nothing is off-limits for curious buyers.

If the house is overflowing with stuff, buyers might worry that the house won’t have ample space for their own belongings.

Take your excess stuff and donate it, or pack it up to be stored off-site. Not only will clearing clutter help your house look more appealing to buyers, it will also help you once you've accepted an offer and it's time to move into a new home. Moving out will be easier if some of your stuff is already be packed.

Remove any personal items and family photos, as well as bold artwork and furniture that might make the home less appealing to the general public. Go and visit a new construction home and get some ideas

The goal is to create a blank canvas on which buyers can project their own visions of living there, and loving it.

5. Repaint walls to neutral tones

You might love that red accent wall, but if it’s your potential buyer’s least favorite color, that could be a turnoff.

“You’re pretty safe with a neutral color because it's rare that someone hates it, but the other benefit is that a light color allows buyers to envision what the walls would look like with the color of their choice

6. Do small jobs

It's a small thing, sure, but you’d be surprised by the negative effect a loose handle or missing lightbulb can have on a buyer.  Simple things like this means buyers will keep looking and ask themselves ‘What else is broken here?’.

Fixe up any scuff marks on walls – buy yourself a Magic Eraser from the supermarket as they do wonders to remove them.

7. Add some plants

When staging your house, remember that green is good: Plants create a bright and more welcoming environment. You might also want to consider a bouquet of flowers or bowl of fruit on the kitchen counter or dining table.

Some plants and natural elements will impress buyers by bringing some extra color and life to your decor.

8. Conduct a smell test

Get one of your friends or neighbors to conduct a small test. Foul odors, even slight ones, can be a deal breaker, and the problem is that you might not even notice them.

Odors, from pet, smoke, or lingering odors from your kitchen, can be a problem.

Perhaps do a deep cleaning as many buyers are on to seller's “masking techniques” such as candles or plug-in room deodorizers.

9. Clean, clean, clean

Once you're done cleaning your house, clean some more. Even if you're not worried about what buyers will think of your home's scent, you want your property to look spotless.

Think of it this way: You'll probably have professional photos taken of your house when it looks its best. Naturally, you'll want your house to always look like it does in those pictures.

When selling your home, it's important to keep everything tidy for buyers, and you never know when a buyer is going to want to schedule a last-minute tour. Remember to take special care with the bathroom, making sure the tile, counters, shower, and floors shine.

10. Consider staging

Does your house scream 1985? Nothing invigorates a house like some new furnishings or a perfectly chosen mirror. The key is getting your home staged by a professional.

Home stagers will evaluate the current condition and belongings in your house and determine what elements might raise the bar. They might recommend you buy or rent some items, or they might just reorganize your knickknacks and bookshelves in a whole new (that is, better) way.

Stagers know the real estate market, and what sells, so it's important to take their advice and not take offense when they make big changes. Their job is to help drum up interest from potential buyers, which is always good news to the seller.

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Rob Dietrich

Whether you are buying, selling, building your dream home or finding your next investment property, you have a lot riding on the performance of your Real Estate professional. Since market conditions c....

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