If you are like most homeowners trying to sell their house, you want it to sell fast. Chances are you don’t want to see your house sit on the market month after month. While there are no guarantees as to what will make you house sell, there are 5 things you can do to help the process along.
It is easy for homeowners to avoid making simple repairs in their homes. It is easy to become so use to a problem that we begin to overlook it. This could be a faucet that continues dripping in case you turn it just right, or a broken step on your front porch. However, buyers are going to spot all of these “minor” problems. When they do, one of two things will happen. Either they will be turned off by all the minor repairs and move on to another house, or they will begin to knock down the amount they are willing to pay for the house. Avoid receiving low or no offers by completing these repairs before you list your house.
Curb appeal is critical when trying to sell your house. Many buyers will drive by a house before they take the time to schedule a showing or going in to an open house. If the outside is a mess, buyers will assume that the inside is as well. Take some time to clean up your yard. Trim trees and bushes. Add a pop of color by repainting your front door and adding flowers to your porch. Make sure all your exterior lighting is in working condition.
Then, remember to keep up on your landscaping while your house is on the market. Keep the lawn maintained or pay a company to handle it for you.
Every buyer looks forward to putting their own touch on the house they purchase. Chances are you have spent years personalizing your house to your liking. Now is the time to undo all of your hard work. This can be an emotional process for sellers, but is critical in helping your house to sell. Remove clutter from your house. Throw away items that can no longer be used. Donate items that you don’t need. Pack up items that you want to take when you move, but won’t need while the house is for sale. Remove personal photographs and other items that might not speak to the seller. This is not the time to proudly display your collection of comic books.
Hire a professional home stager or do the work yourself. Paint the walls neutral colors that will appeal to the majority of buyers. Arrange the furniture in a way that creates flow throughout the house. Find and focus on the focal point of each room. Add small items into each room that will show buyers the lifestyle they can enjoy when living at the house.
This might seem like a no-brainer, but it is often overlooked by sellers. Cleaning your house to get it “showing ready” is a lot different than the regular cleaning you do on your house. Remember that buyers will open every closet door and many will look inside your cabinets as well. Your house should be thoroughly cleaned from top to bottom. Then, you need to work to keep it this way while your house is on the market. That will make it easier for you to do a quick pick up when a buyer requests a last minute showing.
Preparing your house to sell can be a lot of work. If you are looking for an easy surefire way to sell your house, without all the work, contact MP Home Buyers today.