Things seem to be heating up when it comes to home sales. While it's possible that your home will sell faster in today's hot market, don't give the competition any help by trying to sell a home that needs help. You don't necessarily have to hire a contractor to make your home more attractive to buyers. Take a look at the below proven methods of getting your home ready to show in record time.
Be a Clean Freak – Buyers are not as willing to make offers on dirty homes unless they are rock-bottom priced "as is". Before placing the home on the market, do a deep cleaning. You can hire cleaning companies to take care of this task for you if you don't have time. Then, the home needs daily maintenance cleaning so that it's always ready for buyers to see.
De-Clutter Your Home – Some homeowners may be surprised at all the items they've managed to accumulate while living in a home. To showcase your home to buyers, go on a room-by-room de-cluttering campaign. Take on a minimalistic approach and your buyers will thank you.
Depersonalize Things – Once you make the decision to sell, the home should be a blank slate for buyers to visualize their own photographs, souvenirs, and more. Remove all of those plus anything that could be interpreted as political, religious, sports-related, etc. Showing your home is not an opportunity to show off your child's artwork — it's a chance to move on and give another family a chance to make their own memories.
Pare Down Furniture – Heavy, large pieces of furniture can make rooms look crowded and cluttered. Even if that large sectional worked well for your family, it might actually be overwhelming your family room due to its humongous size. Rent a storage room and move any larger pieces to it.
Get Some Bright Ideas – More light means more visual space. Remove those heavy drapes and open up your blinds. Add inexpensive mirrors in small, dark spaces like hallways and some lamps or other lighting.
Photographs Are Important – Your real estate agent may recommend a professional photographer for your listing, and they are usually well worth the cost. Everyone shops for their homes online, and bad photographs will have your buyer moving on to the next home. The more photographs the better — try for around 25 to 30 or even more.
For more tips on readying your home for the market, speak to a home selling agent.