BY STEVO · SELLING A HOME
Everyone wants to sell their home for the most money possible, but not everyone succeeds. Why? Because it takes more than just putting up a ‘For Sale’ sign in the yard. It takes some effort, time, and commitment to prepare your home for sale. Here are some important steps you can take to help your home sell for top dollar.
MAXIMIZE CURB APPEAL
Potential buyers will start forming an opinion of your home before they ever step foot inside. That’s because the exterior of your home is the first thing they see and creates an initial response that will either be positive or negative. You want to make sure your home’s curb appeal is as favorable as possible. A well-manicured lawn, neatly trimmed shrubbery, clean windows and siding, a new welcome mat and potted plants on the stoop go a long way in impressing potential buyers. Putting in the time to enhance your home’s exterior can pay off handsomely in the final sale price.
YOUR KITCHEN IS #1
If you’re serious about selling your home for top dollar, you should take a long, hard look at your kitchen. It’s the most important room in your home. A beautiful kitchen can sell a house faster than anything else. Make sure your kitchen is spotless and that all your appliances are clean, bright, and working. If your kitchen is old and your appliances are outdated, you should consider remodeling. It’s an investment that will pay dividends in the long run. You may just need new paint and cabinet hardware, but you may want to consider updating all the appliances and put in new kitchen counters. Don’t stint. Your kitchen can make or break your sale.
DECLUTTER EVERY ROOM AND CLOSET
Get rid of knick-knacks, memorabilia, and personal flotsam that clutter your home. Potential buyers want to visualize themselves living in your home, and they can’t do that if your home is jammed with clutter. Empty closets and organize them so they don’t look crammed and overflowing. Once you’ve de-cluttered everything, you might want to hire a professional home staging expert to come in and arrange the furnishings in your home so they are the most advantageously placed.
LIGHT IT UP
After location, the second most important factor to home buyers is good lighting. So take down the drapes, thoroughly clean the windows to maximize natural lighting, put higher wattage light bulbs in all your lamps and light fixtures, and trim back shrubs and vines outside the windows to let in more sunshine.
ALWAYS BE READY FOR A SHOWING
You never know when a potential buyer is going to want to see your home, so make sure it’s always ‘show-ready’. That means bathrooms always sparkling, no dirty dishes in the sink or dishwasher, no cobwebs or dust bunnies. Bedrooms always neat and beds made. It’s a challenge, but the next person who walks through your home might just be the buyer who gives you top dollar for your home
These are just a few of the important steps you can take to get the best sale price for your home. Your realtor can offer you even more guidance, based on their experience and knowledge of your market.