Putting your house on the market doesn’t have to be stressful, an experienced real estate agent can guide you through the process. Your goal is to get your home sold quickly and get your asking price (or more!). In order to set the stage for success there’s a few things you can do. Here are 5 tips for preparing your house to sell and then we’re ready to get those offers rolling in.
Quick Table Of Contents
- Price Your Home Smartly
- Curb Appeal
- Home Staging
- Eye Catching Photos
- Share Information About Your Neighborhood
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Price Your Home Smartly
The single most important factor to consider when you’re selling a house is that you’ve priced it correctly. In order to get the most and best offers it’s important to pick the right price based on how much your home is truly worth. Sellers often think they should start with a higher asking price and lower it later if it doesn’t sell, but that can lower your chances of a sale right off the bat. Buyers and their agents may stay away assuming you aren’t serious. The best activity your house will see is during the first 30 days on the market, so work with an experienced real estate agent who can research sales in your neighborhood and study the MLS (multiple listing service) to ensure your home is priced to sell and listed at the best price.
If your home’s curb appeal makes a great first impression, everyone, especially potential homebuyers, will want to see what’s inside. Freshening up the front of your home doesn’t have to be expensive. New sod, some cheerful flowers, wash the windows and perhaps a fresh coat of paint on the front door will make a big difference. If needed, you may want to consider a fresh coat of exterior paint for an eye catching first impression. Add some new fixtures, maybe a new mailbox and your home will look fresh and welcoming. Curb appeal can attract potential buyers who are just driving by, let’s get them in to look around. Like with most things in life first impressions matter.
Home staging is one of the most powerful ways to make buyers want to buy your home. It can be as simple as decluttering, cleaning and depersonalizing. When a prospective buyer walks into your home they shouldn’t be distracted by your personal items. Plus, the fewer things in your home the larger it will appear. So, remove knickknacks, excess furniture and personal items such as family photos. You want to strike a balance between clean and gently lived in. Your goal is for your potential buyers to be able to envision their family living in the home and not distracted by yours. Another easy fix is to organize your closets and drawers. Cluttered closets give the impression your home doesn’t have adequate storage space. It’s also a good idea to hire a professional cleaning service to get those floors gleaming, countertops sparkling and windows clean and bright.
Eye Catching Photos
When potential buyers are browsing on the internet, what do they see? What makes the quickest and best impression? PICTURES. Pictures alone will not sell your home, but they will often get buyers in the front door for a look. The more great pictures the better. An experienced agent will help get the best photos to show your home in its best light and make potential buyers want to see it in person.
Last but not least, it’s important to highlight the neighborhood. Great schools, parks, dining, shopping and family friendly locations are a great selling point. You’re not just selling your home you’re selling the neighborhood and city lifestyle as well. This is very important to new families moving into the neighborhood who want to know what the city has to offer their family.
BONUS TIP #6: If all of this still sounds too overwhelming, I can help you with 1-5 and much more. Let my years of experience in real estate help to simplify your home sell. I’m just a phone call (or email) away.
These are just a few ways to make your home stand out when you decide to put it on the market. If you’d like to talk further about selling or buying a home I’d love to hear from you.
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As an experienced Los Angeles realtor, who lives and works in the area, I can assist you in selling your home or buying your dream home. Give me a call, let’s talk.