Archive for Tips For Sellers
Everybody has that insider insight when it comes to tips and tricks to sell your house. But, what about what NOT to do? It’s easy to forget the little things that you’ve grown accustomed to since you’ve been living in your home. Once it’s time to sell, you’ll want to make sure that you address all the issues that might get in the way of your greatest opportunity!
Guidance Realty Homes wants to share some great insight we’ve learned about the number one issues that can be easily fixed to make sure your home sells well. Here’s a list of the main elements that could lose you that sale.
Poor Curb Appeal
Buyers won’t even go inside your home if the outside looks unappealing. Clean up your front yard by tidying plants and pulling up weeds. Make sure the outside of your home looks well cared-for by painting the trim, mowing the lawn, and placing attractive potted plants by the door.
You may not even notice bad odors, but buyers surely will. Smoking and pets are the prime causes, so smoke outside while you are selling your house and consider what to do with your animals. Allow the house to air out thoroughly before viewings – don’t just try to mask the odor with another scent.
Loud and Scary Pets
Apart from the odor of some animals, a big dog or noisy bird can be off-putting to some buyers. So keep your dog away when you have viewings so your potential buyers aren’t distracted or, worse, scared. Some owners may even like a big, loud dog, but not everyone will so consider who is coming to view your home before locking Spot out back or having a friend care for them.
Signs of Damp
Problems with damp are a big turnoff to many buyers. Make sure your basement doesn’t smell damp and that there are no signs of damp on the walls. It’s much better to fix problems now than to wait until buyers point them out to you.
Dirt and Grime
Although dirt is usually only cosmetic, it deters buyers, who will start to think the house isn’t well cared for. Make sure your kitchen and bathroom, in particular, are clean.
Although your home’s décor shouldn’t matter, to many buyers it does. That’s because many want a house they can move into right away. So, replace any tired or out-of-date carpets or wallpapers with a more neutral, modern scheme.
If your house it too expensive compared to similar properties on the market, you’ll turn away viewers. Take your agent’s advice when it comes to setting a price for your home.
With the popularity of online shopping and virtual tours, some people are of the opinion that an open house is a waste of time. However, sellers should think twice before discounting this time-tested strategy. Here are some things you need to know about hosting an open house!
What Is an Open House?
Unlike an individual showing, an open house allows anyone to view the home, whether they currently work with an agent or not. It’s an excellent way to attract buyers new to the market or just beginning a search, those without an agent, and even sporadic buyers who aren’t necessarily in the market but share the information with family and friends.
Who Should Host an Open House?
Hosting an open house is not for the novice. Real estate agents not only provide the marketing, scheduling and even security advice, but make sure the home is properly presented to prospective buyers who decide to drop in and see the home.
How Do Open Houses Sell a Home?
Higher-Priced Homes: An open house is often effective in helping to sell homes priced above the median average for a given location, especially when used in combination with the Multiple Listing Service and online listings.
Tough Market: In 2005, more than 50% of sellers used an open house, with various degrees of success. However, that rate has declined in part due to the numerous foreclosures on the market. Unfortunately for sellers, trying to compete on price alone is difficult – and costly. Instead, use an open house to showcase the property and the neighborhood. It’s one more way to help your house stand out from the crowd in a buyer’s market.
Unique or Uncommon Features: Without doubt, one of the most important reasons to hold an open house is to showcase a unique property or special features that are difficult to communicate or conceptualize. Sometimes it really is necessary to see a property to believe it, and an open house allows the buyer to fall in love at first sight by experiencing it firsthand.
If you’re planning to sell your home, you can make your interiors and exteriors truly shine by improving the lighting. Here are a few tips on how to brighten your home in the eyes of your family, your friends, and your potential buyers.
Drapes, Blinds, and Shades
Natural light works best for lighting just about any indoor space, especially residential spaces that need to look fresh yet cozy. Make sure to open all window coverings to let in that lovely sunlight.
Place an emphasis on the room’s focal points, whether that’s an alcove or entertainment center or some artwork, by using proper lighting. Use task or sequence lighting in such spaces.
The driveway and other such areas can be lit with the help of low-voltage string lights or solar-powered outdoor lights.
You can greatly enhance the curb appeal of your home by placing interesting and beautiful lamps on your porch.
Lighting placed around your house for the purposes of security or function needs to be high up to ensure enough light is spread into open areas. Try using bright lights for your exteriors.
Lighting which accentuates the interior of your home should also be visible from the outside. Use lighting to add a feeling of warmth and grace to a room before people even come into your house.
Mood and Theme
If your home is chic and modern, try using a clean and simple lighting design. For more classic styles, use ornate lighting, such as chandeliers.
LED lights work best for the kitchen, bathroom, and other functional areas. The sustainable and low resource nature of LED lights also make them a great draw for buyers concerned about the environment.
Everyone loves summer and with good reason: after a long winter, the bright sunshine beckons young and old alike to sit by the pool, enjoy a little music, and soak in the warmth. Summer is the most popular time to buy or sell a home; and by investing a little time and energy into these summer projects, your home will look its best whether it goes on the market next week or next year.
Fencing: Families with pets, young children or those just seeking a little additional privacy will appreciate the functionality and appearance of an attractive, sturdy fence. Major home improvement stores sell everything required for the do-it-yourself type, including attractive, low-maintenance PVC options. If your property is already fenced, take the time to make sure it’s well maintained.
Outdoor Sanctuary: With a little creativity and a few hundred dollars, it is easy to turn a problem spot into the center of attention. Get creative with an easy to install garden pond, butterfly or flower garden, wind chimes, and some outdoor seating. Consider adding a decorative fire pit to encourage family time on those cooler evenings.
Update the Paint: Indoors or outdoors, painting is a simple way to give your home a fresh new look. If it has been more than five years since your home has had a fresh coat, make it a priority to paint. Do not stop with the house: concrete stains and unique drive-way art are other popular options designed to attract attention. Just be sure to keep them neutral.
Itching for a home improvement project but low on cash? Not every project has to break the bank; there are plenty of jobs that will boost your home’s appeal for under $500. Here are a few ideas:
Paint: Paint your kitchen, paint the baseboards, paint your front door, and paint some furniture. It’s amazing how a few coats of a new color (or a refreshing of the old one) can improve the overall look and feel of your home.
Work in the yard: You don’t have to have the best garden on the street, but a well-maintained front yard plays a huge role in curb appeal. Trim trees, replace or repair fences and install a new mailbox. If you haven’t touched your front walkway since moving in, consider a remodel.
Get organized: Most people have a place in their home that could benefit from a major reorganization. For messy closets, a DIY organization system can be installed individually or as a unit; big box stores have good selections at many price points.
Replace hardware: It’s expensive to replace cupboards and cabinets, but swapping out hardware can make a big impact for little money. Switch up handles and drawer pulls for updated (or antique) hardware to give your kitchen or bathroom a new look.
Replace your backsplash: If you’re handy, replacing your kitchen backsplash is fairly easy and instantly renews the look of the room. Tiles vary widely in price; know how much space you’ll need to cover and price out the project before shopping to avoid overspending.
If you’re sprucing up to sell your home and would like to get useful information and assistance from one of our professional Guidance Realty Homes agents, please contact one today!
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