Inventory is low, demand is high. It’s a sellers market and one might think that all that is required to sell on the Wasatch Front is to simply list. Well, there is truth in that, but getting a full value offer, or better yet, full value offers, takes a bit more effort. There are many common sense “secrets” to making your home worth every penny you are asking. Here are 7 simple ideas:
Be Ready To Show, ALWAYS
You never know when your buyer is going to walk through the door. Clean your home thoroughly and prepare it for showing. Then, as you walk through it daily, arrange, wipe, dust, clear, move… all of the little things. It’s a little inconvenient, but it will keep you and your home perpetually ready to show. Keep the sink and the dishwasher clear and clean, the bathrooms fresh and bright and beds made. Keep in mind that today’s home buyers are savvy. They are investigating the neighborhood to see your home and how it fits. Be sure your home is as beautiful and uncluttered outside as it is inside.
Storage is something you can never have enough of and buyers are looking for a lot of it. Remove at least half of the stuff from your closets and organize the rest. Keep them clean and neat. A half-full closet or storage room looks much bigger than a full or worse, overloaded space. It’s worth the expense to put extra and unused items in a storage unit.
Not everyone is a pet lover and many are allergic to pet hair. Don’t blow a sale by leaving pet food bowls, litter boxes out or in smelling range. And , ugh!, clean the pet hair from the furniture , corners and floor. Find a place to seclude your pets during showings and consider a pet hotel for open houses.
Remember that your buyer is buying their home, not yours. As much as you have loved it and personalized it, they are planning to make it their own. The more personal stuff in your house, the less potential buyers can imagine themselves living there. Put at least a third of your personal stuff, including family photos, memorabilia and keepsakes, in storage. Arrange your furniture to show the floor plan and enhance the use of space.
Light ‘Em Up
Everyone wants good light t in a home. Open the drapes or take them down, clean the windows, clean the lampshades or replace them with shades that allow more light out, replace your light bulbs with higher wattage bulbs and clear bushes and foliage that blocks outside sunshine from getting in. Make your home bright and clear. Replace outdoor bulbs and install additional lighting to enhance the appearance of your home at night.
Quick Fixes Over Makeovers
Quick fixes cost less than makeovers and give your home a fresh and cared for feel. Huge improvement projects before you put your house on the market will most likely not payoff. Updates that will pay off are a fresh coat of paint, clean or new curtains (choose inexpensive ones), replace door handles, cabinet hardware, fix leaky faucets and clean the grout.
You’re Selling Your Kitchen, Not Your House
The kitchen is that important. A dated looking kitchen will ensure a discounted offer. Remodeling your kitchen will probably be the largest expense when preparing your home for sale, but you can get 85% of your investment back. Money spent on the kitchen will go a long way to getting a full price offer. The easiest, most cost effective updates are painting and new hardware. Investing in one fancy stainless steel appliance updates the kitchen and might make the buyer think all the rest are expensive as well.