Selling your home is definitely a very big task. From market conditions to window coverings, so many things play a part in how long it takes to sell your home and how much you can get for it. We have compiled these 9 strategies that every homeowner should know. These are proven principals to help you derive as much of your equity as you can out of what is quite possibly your largest investment.
1. Curb Appeal
First impressions are always the most important. So lets start with the view from the street. Make sure your front yard is kept nice and neat. All leaves are raked, weeds are pulled, edges are kept tight, the lawn is trimmed and properly watered. Also, make sure to repair any damaged portions of the home and clean any cobwebs or dirt off of the home. If you have trees or shrubs make sure that they are pruned accordingly or removed if beyond repair. Spend a few dollars on a new mailbox and replace all of your outside light bulbs. This will be important for the photo shoot as well as the prospective drive-by’s.
Scent is the next bit of sensory input that buyers will encounter. Place a plugin fragrance dispenser as close as possible to the front door. Try and keep it mild and fresh. The objective is to choose a fragrance that is inviting and refreshing. Place these consistently throughout the house to maintain an even experience for the buyer. Keep your garbage can as empty as possible and your refrigerator organized and clean.
Grease, smoke, and dust can adhere to walls and make even the best decorating look dingy. Resist the temptation to spot-clean since it will make the rest of the wall look dirtier. Mop walls using a general-purpose cleaner diluted with hot water. Start at the top corner of the wall to avoid drips.
Clear off counters and pack unnecessary decorative items. Put extra furniture in storage, and remove out-of-season items. Don’t forget to clean out the garage, too. People need to be able to imagine their own belongings in the house. If the home is riddled with your personal style then it makes it tough for prospective buyers to see themselves living in the home.
For tile floors, apply your usual cleaner and then run a wet/dry vac, which will suck contaminants out of the grout. Pour a quarter cup each of baking soda and vinegar down the drains, leaving the concoction overnight, then flush with boiling water. Clean soap scum and mildew from plastic shower curtains by tossing them into your washer on the gentle cycle in cold water, with detergent and ½ cup vinegar (if mildew is present, add ½ cup of bleach instead of vinegar). Put a couple of large towels into the machine to act as scrubbers. Allow the curtain to drip-dry on the rod.
Remove window screens and place them outside on a tarp or other clean, waterproof surface. Use a garden hose, an all-purpose cleaner, and a soft brush to gently clean the screens. You don’t need anything special to polish up window glass; just mix a solution of one part white vinegar to eight parts water, plus a drop or two of dish-washing liquid in a spray bottle. Wipe with newspaper to avoid streaks. (Washing on a cloudy day also reduces streaking.)
A bright afghan or new accent pillows easily jazz up a dull room. Pretty dishes or a simple centerpiece on the tables can help buyers picture themselves living there. Try staging a chess game in progress. If you have a fireplace, lay fresh logs or a basket of flowers there. Simple sofa’s and elegant curtains are cost effective ways to help stage the home in a neutral way.
8. Take care of minor repairs
Sticky doors, torn screens, cracked caulking, or a dripping faucet may seem trivial, but they’ll give buyers the impression that the house isn’t well-maintained. Make sure to check underneath the sink for leaks and water damage and that all of the windows are opening and closing properly. Change your air conditioner’s filter and do a round of touch up painting, you’ll be glad that you did.
In summer, shut A/C vents on the first floor so more air will get upstairs. Reverse the process in winter. Make sure that your home is kept at a comfortable temperature. Also, open all of the blinds in an attractive manner that allows the natural light to pour in. At the end of the day the home buying process is just like every other consumer activity, it’s about the experience! Most people are driven by impulse. You want your home to set the tone so that people are drawn in to a world of possibilities for their own life. To do this, you have to entertain all of their senses so they remember your home and that it stands out amongst the rest. Of course after you go through all this work and preparation of setting the tone for your home. The next step is to get ready to market to the masses. Here in the digital age, information comes cheap and people consume so much content on a daily basis that you must catch their eye. To do this your photos must be high quality and abundant. Also, your ad placement requires a detailed strategy in order to be effective. We are always here to help if you have any questions on how to organize the project and get top dollar out of your home.
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