If you are getting ready to sell your house, there are a few simple tips that will help it sell faster and for the best price. Here are 10 tricks to get your home into the hands of its new owners as swiftly as possible!
1. Choose the right agent
Do your research before hiring a real estate agent. Agents should have an excellent track record that includes plenty of recent sales, being updated on the latest market trends and knowing how to use technology to get the word out about your house. Ask for references and credentials before making a decision.
2. Brighten up your house
After location, the amount of light in your home is the second-biggest selling factor. Change your lampshades, add more lights where necessary and use the maximum possible wattage for every light fixture in your home. You can also scrub your windows, remove the drapes and let the sunshine in.
3. Rent a storage unit
You want your house to be clutter-free and your closets to look as spacious as possible. To do this, you will need to de-clutter each room in your home. Consider renting a mini storage unit to house your belongings until your home sells. As a bonus, you will have a leg up on the packing when it is time to move!
4. Enhance your curb appeal
First impressions matter the most. Attract buyers by sprucing up the exterior of your home. Splurge on a striking patio set, trim your shrubs or plant some flowers along your walkway.
5. Focus on the kitchen
Buyers will spend the longest time here, and the offered price will fluctuate according to how updated your kitchen is. Depending on the state of your kitchen, you might want to do a quick remodel, including a fresh coat of paint, new cabinets and more.
6. Upgrade – but don’t go overboard
In addition to the kitchen, you will want the entire rest of the home to look its best. It’s a good idea to do basic repairs and some remodeling to make your home sell faster. But don’t go overboard, or you may end up losing money. A paint job and some new light fixtures, door handles and rugs can do the trick.
7. Market it yourself
Be your own best agent. Let everyone know that you are selling your home. Post an attractive picture of your house on your favorite social media platforms, tell your friends to tell their friends and be sure to speak in glowing terms about your house to anyone who asks for details.
8. Make it sparkle
Give your entire home a deep cleaning before showing it to buyers, scrubbing and buffing until every corner is clean. Nothing turns a potential buyer off like grimy counters or streaks on the bathroom mirror.
9. Hide your pets
Not everyone is an animal lover. If you have furry friends at home, hide the evidence! Don’t leave out a bowl of dog food or cat toys. If you are hosting an open house, send your pets to a friend’s place for the day.
10. Use extra rooms
Do you have a spare bedroom that houses your baby gear or boxes of old clothes? Now is the time to clear it out! Set up an empty room as something useful, like a guest room, an exercise nook or even a hobby room.
Once you have started the process of selling your home, you will also want to begin your search for a new living space. SeaComm’s experienced mortgage originators are here for your financing needs! Click here to start an application through our online Mortgage Center, or give us a call at (800) 764-0566.