5 Selling Tips to get a sold sign in your yard
If you are a seller in your thinking about listing your home this spring, there is a long list of items that should be considered before you list your home. I'm going to give you the top five most important ones that you should focus on above all others. You never get a second chance to make a first impression, that statement is so true.
- Deep clean and de-clutter- I'm sure you've heard this 1 million times but it's so very true. This could be the very most important one of all. It doesn't matter what you think about your home when you're selling it, all of that matters is what the buyer thinks. Home buyers do not like to come into a home that is dirty or filled with too much stuff. If this is in something that you're comfortable with perhaps you hire a cleaning crew to do the deep cleaning once you remove all of the extra clutter. A good example would be if you're not using it daily, put it away somewhere or box it up in the garage. The kitchen seems to be the place where most of the clutter ends up.
- Depersonalize- A good rule of thumb would be try to make your home look as much like a brand-new model home as you can. I'm not suggesting you remodel the whole entire home, what I'm suggesting is you take a good hard look at what they present to a buyer. What they present is a neutral and blank pallet. You have no idea who lives there, that's what gets the buyer to focus on the home rather than the seller's possessions. You want the buyers to walk into your home and feel like they are looking at a model home. One of the many things you can do that's very inexpensive is pick a nice neutral color and painted throughout the whole main level of the home. That will give consistency from room to room.
- Professional photos and drone photos- these are a must. One of the big things that's changed over the last 3 to 4 years is the Internet. When a buyer pulls your home up on a website, that is now your first showing. You typically have 15 seconds to interest that buyer enough to look deeper at the listing. If you have poor photos or out of date photos you are going to lose a lot of potential buyers before you even get started. Plus I can't say enough about the quality of the photography. You have to make sure that who is ever taking photos is using a professional camera and can edit things in light room. Not someone who's just going to use their phone.
- Having good curb appeal- this can be a challenge if you live in an area with snow. But at the very least you can make sure that the driveway and walkways are all shoveled. If it's summertime, make sure you cut the lawn, remove the weeds and trim all of the bushes. What I found in many situations is buyers will look at your house online and then drive by it to look at the neighborhood. If you have a bunch of junk sitting outside your house like garbage cans, an old car or just other debris, that can be enough to make them rule your home out.
- Lighting is everything- if it's an evening showing, make sure you turn your lights on. If it's a daytime showing make sure that your shades are open to bring in as much natural light as possible. Some buyers may not be aware of it when they're looking at a home, but they will rule out in many cases a home that feels dark and cold. Sunny, bright, warm and inviting is always the better way to go.
The list of items you consider is much longer than this but this will give you a good start. Perhaps involving a stager will help you as well. Especially if you're in a home where your furniture, appliances and other items are considerably older. Sometimes a stager can move a few things around, suggest some paint and bring a few items in. It can completely change how the buyer will look at your home. This is a time to be humble because at the end of the day it's all about getting your home sold