Selling Tip #1: The First Impression Only Takes Place Once
Most people allocate lots of money upgrading and restoring the front foyer, or first large room they think a potential buyer will see, but most potential buyers have already assessed your home before they walk through the front door. That’s right, you never have a second chance to make that first impression. It’s important to make people feel comfortable, welcome and safe as they approach your home for the first time. Invest some time, and a little bit of money to upgrade your home’s exterior with inexpensive shrubs and beautifully colored flowers. Most home sellers report that they received a 100-percent return on the investment they put into their home’s curb appeal. Once you get them in the house, the foyer does become a good spot for some upgrading. When you’re selling your home, remove the clutter, and make it welcoming by putting in a small bench and perhaps some beautiful fresh-cut flowers.
Selling Tip #2: be Ready at All Times to Sell Your Home
Your house needs to be ready to be shown at all times – you never know when your buyer is going make the move to view your home, and your agent has to be confident that they can show your house when the opportunity arises. The home must be available whenever they want to come see your it and it has to be in “ready to show” shape. Don’t leave dirty dishes soaking in the sink, keep the dishwasher empty of dishes, the bathrooms sparkling clean and smelling fresh, and make sure there are no cat litter boxes anywhere. It may sound unrealistic, but it will get your home sold.
Selling Tip #3: The Kitchen is a Big Deal
Everyone has to eat, so the kitchen is of primary interest to the seller. The benefits of remodeling your kitchen are endless, and the best part of it is that you’ll probably get 85% of your investment back if you don’t over upgrade. You may have to invest a few thousand dollars to replace countertops, or a buyer may feel like it’s OK to discuss $10,000 off the asking price because your kitchen looks dated. The fastest, and simplest kitchen updates include painting and upgrading your kitchen’s cabinet hardware. Replacing appliances is an expensive venture, but if you have a little money to spend, buy a single stainless steel appliance. Why only one appliance upgrade? Because when people see one up-to-date appliance they think all the rest are also updates as well.