Saturday, December 14, 2013

5 Tips to Sell Your Home Fast

  1. DE CLUTTER & NEUTRALIZEIt is imperative to remove all clutter from the home before showing it to potential buyers because buyers need to be able to picture themselves in the space. This might include removing some furniture to make rooms look bigger, and putting away family photographs and personal items. You may even want to hire a stager to help you make better use of the space. Staging costs can range from a couple hundred dollars for a basic consultation to several thousand dollars, particularly if you rent modern, neutral furniture for showing your home.  
  2. STEP UP CURB APPEAL Many sellers often overlook the importance of their home's curb appeal. The first thing a buyer sees is a home. Try to make certain that the exterior has a fresh coat of paint, and that the bushes and lawn are well manicured.  It can also be as easy as adding a fresh layer of BLACK MULCH and a few Large potted plants near front door.  Black Mulch seems to be the most neutral color and really makes the landscape POP.                   
  3. Make your home MOVE IN CONDITION-A home that shows well sells fast.  I recommend fresh paint and new carpet.  Typically homes that are in move in condition sell 30% faster then other homes on the market and closer to asking price.  Many times these are the properties that also bring in multiple offers; thereby, the seller possibly sells for more then asking price.  Make sure all known deficiencies are repaired prior to placing the home on the market as well. 
  4. PRICE YOUR PROPERTY ACCORDING to the MARKET- First you will need a Comparable Market Analysis provided by your Real Estate Expert. Focus on recent SOLD COMPS for pricing and not homes that are Active on the Market.  Active properties are merely your current competition. Do not OVERPRICE simply because you HAVE TIME.   This is a common mistake of sellers.  Your most optimum time to get the most for your home is in the first 30 days on the market.  Use the time to your advantage. If your home is on the market and is not being shown or if you receive feedback that you are priced too high, don't hesitate to adjust your price. Bad news, like spoiled milk, doesn't get better with time.   
  5. MAKE SURE YOUR HOME IS CLEAN AS A WHISTLE- From shining floors and gleaming windows to clean counters and scrubbed grout, every surface should sparkle. This is the easiest (well, maybe not easiest, but certainly the cheapest) way to help your home outshine the rest. You may want to hire pros to do some of the really tough stuff, especially if you have a large house. Don't skimp -- this step is key!

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