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April 12, 2013 / patrickbelhon

9 Tips to Sell Your House Today | Patrick Belhon

Although the real estate market is showing signs of growth again, many sellers still face an uphill battle. There are still more sellers than buyers, which means that sellers have to work extra hard to make their home stand out. In order to make a home more appealing to buyers, there are a few simple things that can be done.
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1. Finish projects. Every homeowner has a list of things that need to get done around the house. Maybe there is a ding in the wall that needs to be touched up. Perhaps there is a light switch plate that needs to be replaced. These small projects are often easy to live with on a daily basis, which is why so many homeowners let them slide for months or even years. While none of these fixes actually impede the home’s value, they can be a huge deterrent to buyers who are looking for a move-in ready purchase. Taking a few days to finish these types of projects will be well worth it.

2. Downsize. Most people live with a lot of stuff. Attics are full, and shelves are overflowing. While this is fine for daily life, having too much stuff can be a detractor for buyers. The problem is that an abundance of furniture or decorations can make a room seem smaller. To make a house seem larger and more comfortable, it is a good idea to minimize the amount of things that are out. This includes removing furniture, plants, books and more. These items should be placed in storage while the house is on the market, leaving just the essential pieces to maximize the home’s appeal.

3. Neutralize. Most people like to decorate in a way that reflects their personality. While this is wonderful to help make a house a home, it is not as useful when selling the home. After all, those personal touches define the space. When buyers are looking for a home, they want a place they can see themselves. If the seller’s belongings are too personalized, it is harder for the buyer to envision him or herself in the home. Therefore, it is a good idea to minimize the amount of personal items in the home while selling. Pack away family photos and avoid displaying niche memorabilia as much as possible.

4. Curb appeal. While fixing up the inside of a house is definitely important, it is important to never neglect the exterior. The first thing a buyer sees when looking at a house is the front yard. This first impression is often critical in forming the buyer’s overall opinion about the home. Therefore, spend some time to make the most of the yard and exterior. Clean up the brush or trim the trees. It may be helpful to do some minimal landscaping, adding flowers, pulling weeds and mowing the lawn.

5. Move out. Most people do not think about moving until after their home is sold. However, living in a home while selling it can be a very difficult task. After all, daily living is messy, and it can be hard to keep the house in tiptop shape for whenever a buyer might come by. Moving out for at least a period of time may be a smart way to keep the house on standby for buyers, ensuring that it is always in perfect condition when someone stops by to look. If moving out entirely is not practical, at least try to find alternative accommodations for any pets in the home and be sure to always be out of the home when the house is being shown.

6. Targeted renovations. Most large scale renovations are not a good investment when selling a home. However, there are a few smart upgrades that can add real value to the home if done properly and on a tight budget. The best places to look at doing upgrades are in the kitchen or bathroom. In these areas, think about the least invasive measures that will make the most dramatic impact. Sometimes it is as easy as replacing the hardware on the cabinets or adding a colorful backsplash. The trick is to keep it simple and to never spend too much money since there is no guarantee of a return on the investment.

7. Clean. This may seem obvious, but it still bears saying. Always clean the house thoroughly before putting it on the market. It is important to vacuum carpets and mop hard floors. Counters should be wiped and sanitized, and cabinets should be polished. Spend the time getting rid of the stains in the TV room, and bleach away the lingering soap scum in the shower. Wash the walls, polish the windows and make sure every inch of the home sparkles. This not only looks better, but it smells better too.

8. Paint. Paint has been shown to be one of the best fixes for homeowners when they are trying to sell quickly. Paint is a smart choice for walls that are faded or dingy. Paint is also a good choice for walls that are too ostentatious. While bold paint choices can be fun for homeowners, they can be a turn off to buyers who may not share the same sense of style. Even walls that are already in neutral hues can benefit from a simple paint upgrade since fresh paint looks more inviting. Be sure to choose a simple color scheme with a focus on warm and airy neutrals to maximize the impact.

2013Tips-Sell-Home9. Hire a professional. The best way to prepare a house for the market is to get a professional opinion. A good real estate agent will have ample experience with buyers and selling, which means the agent should know what changes need to be made in order to make the house ready to sell. With a little professional guidance, it is easier to pick and choose the right projects and develop an approach to make the house as appealing as possible to buyers.

Article Copyright ©2013 – All Rights Reserved Patrick Belhon (patricksellshomes@gmail(dot)com)
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  1. Brian T. / Jun 2 2013 4:33 am

    Great tips for anyone selling. I really think this is a good overview for anyone thinking about putting their property on the market. But some areas like here in Austin are quickly becoming sellers markets! Crazy to see the market bounce back…let’s see if it lasts or it’s a bubble 🙂

  2. Amy / Sep 13 2013 4:00 am

    Such a great and informative post. Thanks for sharing this to us. This is really helpful for people who wants to sell their house.

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