Some people choose to sell their house privately, without the help of a real estate agent. For others, the skills, resources and experience of a real estate agent are worth the price they pay in commission. You should weigh up the pros and cons of selling your house privately before making a decision. The main advantage of selling your house privately is to save on the cost of a real estate agent’s commission.
On the other hand, real estate agents are experienced in selling houses. They know the market conditions, prices and have marketing and negotiating skills. They also have access to print publications and specialist websites used to market homes for sale.
Selling your house yourself may not be as simple as you think, and may take a lot of time and effort. You should also consider whether you would be happy presenting yourself and your house to strangers.
Below are some tips that will help you Sell Your House Faster and For More Money.
- Price it right
Nothing beats doing your research and setting the right price. More often than not, you may need an expert to help you calculate what that perfect price is so don’t be afraid of speaking with real estate agents.
- Fresh paint
You can’t go wrong with fresh paint on trims, doors, or windows. You’d be surprised at how new you can make a house look with just fresh paint. Choose sophisticated neutral colors. It doesn’t mean that you need to go all white. Rich mid tone neutrals like mocha and “gray” create a sophisticated backdrop that can make everything look pulled together and modern.
- Replace light bulbs
Make sure that darker rooms have higher wattage bulbs to brighten them up. It’s good for presentation and they’re very affordable to replace.
Bright rooms = Happy rooms.
- Have all windows cleaned
Do the cleaning inside and out. It gives better lighting and view to the outside.
- Clean and paint the closets
Women buyers always look at closets and visualize their clothes or shoes in them. Since typically closets are for women, and women often have the final say when it comes to buying a home, you can understand the importance of not neglecting the closet.
- A new mat at the front door
It’s cheap and it shows the home is fresh. Check out discounts stores for nice, inexpensive mats.
- Do a quick clean on everything
If you have kids you know how tough it is to keep their stuff organized and clean. Help convince your buyer that this house will do just that by organizing your own kids’ toys neatly. Sometimes, right before a showing, you just need a “quick clean” if time is limited. Things you may want to consider first are the bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchen sink.
- Spray and plug-in air fresheners
I’m sure you’ve heard the claims before the human sense of smell can trigger powerful emotions in a potential buyer. A fresh scent signifies “new” which everyone loves! Additionally, a good smell can hide the old smell of the house, if there was any.
- Turn on lights
Makes a good presentation by turning on all the lights in the home when having a showing. It’s a simple trick but it works.
10. Open blinds
This is great for letting the light in. It also gives buyers an idea on how they can set the mood of the room with your blinds. If your windows don’t have blinds or curtains, consider staging the home with some to add softness and dimension to the room but keep them open!
11. Remove pet bowls, toys, and beds before showing
This is usually missed out if you have pets. Although you might love your little cat or dog the next buyer might not want to be reminded that you have pets.
12. Beware of nasty pet odors
You may be used to the smell of your pets, but your potential buyers are not. If you have pets, get all rugs steam cleaned and be extra vigilant about vacuuming and washing surfaces. Try to keep pets outside.
13. Appeal to a woman first!
Again, it’s usually a woman that makes the final decision to buy, or not buy, a home. Even single guys house shopping tends to look at it from a perspective of “I’ve made enough to afford this place, but would I bring a date here?” If you are a man, you might want to ask help from the women in your life to check out your home and make sure it appeals to women.
14. Fresh flowers on tables
Fresh flowers are great to include on a table. Just having this simple piece of art can brighten an entire room.
15. Never over-upgrade
Only do updates that will pay off and get you top dollar. Overdoing the repairs won’t always raise the total price of the property but it might just make you owe more than it’s worth. Look at the competition and seek to be slightly better than them but don’t over do it.