10 Helpful Tips When Selling Your Home
When it comes to selling your home you need to be sharp, smart and ahead of the competition, and you can do all that by using as many of these brilliant tips as you can. Some may sound familiar, others could surprise you – but they all help.
GET THE PRICE RIGHT
Something is only worth what someone else will pay for it, so if two or three real estate agents are quoting similar figures which are lower than you hoped for it would be madness to ignore then and push for much more. It is definitely frustrating if you lose out on any costly improvements made, but they know the market (Of course it is also wise to snoop around online and checkout what similar properties are going for, but be sure you are comparing like with like.)
NEUTRALIZE THE HOME – USE BEFORE LISTING
These days more and more house hunters are viewing properties online, looking to create a shortlist for in-person visits. If you have photographs taken when your place is not looking at its best you may lose out on who knows how many potential buyers. Neutralizing means fixing obvious damage to anything, repainting in neutral shades if it has been anything else, de-cluttering rooms and removing anything which may offend. (Think provocative art, photographs, books and so on. These may be adult themed, or on any one of a hundred topics which generally cause arguments.)
CLEAN, CLEAN AND CLEAN AGAIN
Think spring clean, this means paintwork both inside and out, the doors of your kitchen cabinets, the windows, that part behind the toilet that nobody ever sees because you can guarantee that somehow someone viewing will manage to – pay professionals to do this if you need to.
STORE PERSONAL ITEMS
This means packing away family photographs, non-neutral artwork, ornaments and trinkets (de-cluttering is key). You’ll have a much easier time selling a house when the person viewing can imagine themselves there. Visual reminders of someone else’s memories impede this.
PRACTICE SOME BASIC PSYCHOLOGY
You are probably familiar with the old bake bread/make coffee preparations, but although both are still okay they are still clichés. Instead have lightly scented fresh flowers around.
MAKE IMPORTANT DECISIONS BEFORE PEOPLE ARRIVE
Everyone with a financial interest needs to be in agreement on the bottom line, and also on which items, if any, can or will be included in the sale.
REMOVE ALL TRACES OF PETS
It is never a good idea to have pets around for viewings. At best they will serve as a cute distraction, at worst cause a scene or an allergic reaction. Banish them to a safe place for the day, but make sure you elite their smells, toys and bedding too.
LET VIEWERS WANDER WITHOUT YOU
Presuming you already de-cluttered you don’t need to worry about security, and the last think people want is to her about your memories and experience sin the house.
THINK ON YOUR FEET
Learn to ‘read’ people looking round and use that knowledge to adapt your dialogue. For example a small yard could be pitched as ‘low maintenance’ of ‘as having potential for development’ depending on their reactions to it.
Now this entirely up to you and the lengths you are prepared to go to to secure a sale but some house-selling gurus suggest trying things like removing doors from downstairs rooms, angling mirrors, or ‘losing’ the odd piece of bulky furniture to create an illusion of more space. Sales companies have been doing this for years with show homes – the cleverly scaled down furniture is so well done few people ever realize.
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