Top 10 Secrets to Selling your home quickly and for TOP Dollar!

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Selling Secret #10: Price it right!

This advice may seem counterintuitive, but find out what your home is worth, then shave 15 to 20 percent off the price. You’ll be stampeded by buyers with multiple bids — even in the worst markets — and they’ll bid the price so much that it rises over what it’s worth. It takes real courage and most sellers just don’t want to risk it, but it’s the single best strategy to sell a home in today’s real estate market.

Selling Secret #9: Half-empty closets.

When looking at a home for sale, storage is something every buyer is looking for and can never have enough of. Take half the stuff out of your closets then neatly organize what’s left in there. This will make your storage spaces appear extra-spacious! Buyers will snoop, so be sure to keep all your closets and cabinets clean and tidy.

Selling Secret #8: Lighten it up!

Maximize the light in your home. After location, good light is the one thing that every buyer cites that they want in a home. Take down the drapes, clean the windows, change the lampshades, increase the wattage of your light bulbs and trim the bushes outside to let in sunshine. Do what you have to do make your house bright and cheery – it will make it more sellable.

Selling Secret #7: Hire an amazing agent…ME!

A secret sale killer is hiring the wrong realtor. Make sure you hire an agent who is totally informed. They must constantly monitor the multiple listing service (MLS), understand market value, and be knowledgeable about the comps in your neighborhood. Find an agent who embraces technology – a tech-savvy agent has many tools to get your house sold.

Selling Secret #6: Conceal the critters

You might think a cuddly dog would warm the hearts of potential buyers, but you’d be wrong. Not everybody is a dog- or cat-lover. When visiting homes for sale, buyers don’t want to walk into your home and see a bowl full of dog food, smell the kitty litter box, or leave with tufts of pet hair stuck to their clothes. It will give buyers the impression that your house is not clean, which implies it hasn’t been well cared for. If you’re planning an open house, send the critters to a pet hotel for the day.

Selling Secret #5: Don’t over-upgrade

Quick fixes before selling always pay off. Mammoth home makeovers, not so much. You probably won’t get your money back if you do a huge improvement project right before you put your house on the market. Instead, do updates that will pay off and get you top dollar. Get a new fresh coat of paint on the walls. Clean the curtains or go buy some inexpensive new ones. Replace door handles, cabinet hardware, make sure closet doors are on track, fix leaky faucets, and clean the grout.

Selling Secret #4: Take the home out of your house

One of the most important things to do when selling your house is to de-personalize it. The more personal stuff in your house, the less potential buyers can imagine themselves living there. Get rid of a third of your stuff – put it in storage. This includes family photos, memorabilia, collections, and personal keepsakes. Consider hiring a home stager…or better yet, work with us at Jackie Rudolph Real Estate and we’ll make your home sparkle with what you already have to maximize the full potential of your home. Staging simply means arranging your furniture to best showcase the floor plan and maximize the useable space; don’t pay extra for that if your realtor can help!

Selling Secret #3: The kitchen comes first

You’re not actually selling your house, you’re selling your kitchen – that’s how important it is. The benefits of remodeling your kitchen are endless, and the best part of it is that you’ll probably get 85 percent of your money back. It may be a few thousand dollars to replace countertops where a buyer may knock $10,000 off the asking price if your kitchen looks dated. The fastest, most inexpensive kitchen updates include painting and new cabinet hardware. Use a neutral color paint so you can present buyers with a blank canvas where they can start envisioning their own style. If you have a little money to spend, buy one fancy stainless steel appliance. Why one? Because when people see one high-end appliance they think all the rest are expensive too and it updates the kitchen.

Selling Secret #2: Always be ready to show

Your house needs to be “show-ready” at all times – you never know when your buyer is going to walk through the door. You have to be available whenever they want to come see the place and it has to be in tip-top shape. Don’t leave dishes in the sink, keep the dishwasher cleaned out, the bathrooms sparkling, and make sure there are no dust bunnies in the corners. It’s a little inconvenient, but it will get your house sold, usually for a better price.

Selling Secret #1: The first impression is the only impression!

No matter how good the interior of your home looks, buyers have already judged your home before they walk through the door. You never have a second chance to make a first impression. It’s important to make people feel warm, welcome, and safe as they approach the house. Spruce up your home’s exterior with inexpensive shrubs and brightly colored flowers. You can typically get a 100-percent return on the money you put into your home’s curb appeal. Entryways are also important. You use it as a utility space for your coat and keys. But, when you’re selling, make it welcoming by putting in a small bench, a vase of fresh-cut flowers, or even some cookies.