When listing your home for sale, the ideal scenario is for it to sell quickly at or above your asking price. Every month that it sits on the market causes you to delay your life plans and also leads to the risk that the listing will be seen as stale by prospective buyers. The key is to make your home stand out from the competition from the moment you list it. Here are a few effective ways to do just that:
Hire a Professional House Stager
When you live in and love a home, it's tough to be objective or to see it with fresh eyes. Professional home staging will make your home look attractive to a wide swath of buyers, helping it stand out both in photos and during showings and open houses. A professional stager knows what to take away and what to add to help your home look bigger, newer, and more attractive. In many cases, this will involve removing personal items (you can stash them in the basement or at a friend's house temporarily), de-cluttering, and rearranging furniture.
Spend Extra Time Improving Curb Appeal
The way the front of your home looks from the outside is crucial because this is the first impression for a prospective buyer. Mow the lawn, hire a landscaping company to make a few simple improvements if necessary, and add potted flowers to the front porch. Clean your windows and porch, replace dated exterior light fixtures and add a cheerful new welcome mat. The goal should be to make your home look as inviting and beautiful as possible at first glance, so that prospective buyers are excited to see the rest of the home.
Make Small Repairs
If the screen door is torn, that one cabinet in the kitchen is hanging at an odd angle, or the back steps are crumbling, it's a good idea to make whatever repairs you can afford before you ever list your home. Unless you are intentionally marketing your home as a bargain fixer-upper (which usually means lower profits for you), buyers don't want to feel like they're inheriting extra chores when they buy your home. Spending a bit of time and money making your home truly move-in ready will pay off.
By taking the time to make your home as appealing and presentable as possible before you list it, you will help it stand out from the pack and increase the chances of a quick sale. Contact a company like Coldwell Banker for more information and assistance.