Have you ever wondered if there are secret, insider tips for selling your home and getting the most money possible? If so, it’s your lucky day, because today I am going to give you my top home selling tips to ensure you set yourself up to get the highest price possible.
#1 Insider Secret: Price it LOW
I know, I know, it sounds like the opposite advice most people give when selling, but pricing your home 10-15 percent less than comps in your area is the single best strategy to sell your home in the current market. You have a good chance of receiving multiple offers when buyers feel they are getting a deal and odds are good the price will end up settling at the price you initially chose before the markdown.
#2 Insider Secret: Make it CLEAN and BRIGHT
There are few tips as important as this one. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: when showing your home, make sure it is spotlessly clean and turn on all the lights. Hire a cleaning service, buy more floor and table lights if needed, but please, don’t leave any clutter in sight nor any dark corner unlit.
#3 Insider Secret: EMPTY Closets & More
This one seems strange, but having closets and medicine cabinets jam packed can instantly give the feeling that your home is too small and crowded. Clean out closets and put back only a few organized essentials. Equally important, clean out typical cluttered storage areas like under beds, bureaus, etc. Your home will feel airy and light just by taking out the extra clutter. (And plus, packing will be much easier with this hard work done ahead of time).
#4 Insider Secret: First Impressions are IMPORTANT
Never underestimate the power of a first impression. The exterior of your home is a buyer’s first look at your home and can be the last if they find it unkept and unfriendly. Liven up your appearance with inexpensive shrubs and bright flowers. Less is more – rip out or majorly trim down anything that is overgrown or unsightly. Typically, you can expect to gain a 100 percent return on the money you invest into curb appeal.
#5 Insider Secret: DON’T go all out
Too often, sellers go all out making huge improvements to a home in hopes of gaining a higher payback in offers on their home. Unfortunately, all to often huge makeovers don’t pay off. Instead, choose updates that require a lower investment but have a higher value. For example, freshly paint walls, clean your curtains, or buy cheap neutral window treatments. Replace old door handles, kitchen cabinet knobs, kitchen and bathroom faucets and clean or replace old dirty grout – these are all improvements that can make a huge difference without breaking the bank.
Maureen Hughes is the Lead Listing Specialist of The Wayne Megill Real Estate Team of Keller Williams Brandywine Valley in West Chester. For buyer or seller representation, or for more perspective on the local and national real estate market, please email email@example.com and visit The Wayne Megill Team site at http://www.waynemegillteam