Apr 29 2010
If you’re building a new home and planning to put your current house on the market, there are many things you can do to set your home apart from the rest grabbing the attention of potential buyers. In a housing market saturated with foreclosures, The House Plan Shop is here to help you. These home selling tips will make your house stand out among the rest and most won’t cost much more than your time and a little bit of elbow grease.
Real estate professionals suggest the following tips to help sell your home.
Start sooner rather than later – Contact a realtor before you want to list your home. This professional can give you advice about preparing your home for the housing market and motivate you for the sale. This also allows time to evaluate and assess the home’s value as compared to others on the market in your area. Give the realtor plenty of time to make sure your home is competitively priced.
Clean thoroughly – Buyers are looking for a clean and comfortable home so clean everything from floor to ceiling. This includes appliances, the basement and garage, and inside cabinets and closets. Freshen things up by painting the walls with a neutral color and eliminate odors, especially pet odors. Pay attention to every detail. A dirty home gives the impression of neglect. You want potential buyers to get a feeling you’re home has always been kept in good shape.
Enhance curb appeal – We often think about selling our home, but in reality, we are selling our yard too. Take a look at your home and yard from across the street. Does it look welcoming, clean and well-kept? Many buyers drive past potential homes before viewing the home with a real estate agent. It is your job to give buyers a reason to want to come inside. Trim bushes and shrubs, plant flowers, get rid of any of last year’s dead plants, mow the yard, clean the windows, and touch up or clean the trim. Make your home look inviting from the street.
Clean up the entrance – You only have one chance to make a lasting first impression. Your front porch, door and foyer and the first things potential buyers will see when they visit your home. Make sure these combined entry spaces are clean and inviting. Touch up paint, sweep leaves off the front porch and sidewalk, clear cobwebs, make sure all the hardware on the front door matches and keep the foyer tidy.
Open up and sell your space – Many buyers are looking for more space in their new home so free up your space offering a more open and spacious feel in every room. Clear clutter by packing items you will not need until you move into your new home. Box up small items and designate a space in your home, such as a corner of the basement, to stack boxed items. Get rid of anything you don’t plan to take with you to your new home whether it is a piece of furniture, a broken lawn mower or shoes you haven’t worn all year. Free up space. If you have two oversized couches in the family room, put one in storage. Make sure there is plenty of room for potential buyers to move about in each room. Get rid of little things too. Don’t leave mail strewn across the counter or piles of paper on your desk. Organizing the little things helps free up space too.
If you are building a new home and getting ready to put your current house on the market, these handy tips will help you attract potential buyers and set your house apart from the rest.