10 Best Kept Secrets To Selling Your Home

10 Best Kept Secrets To Selling Your Home

Selling Secret #10:  Pricing it right - Find out what the fair market value is on your home and price it right and it will sell.

Selling Secret #9:  Half-empty closets - 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.  Buyers will snoop, so be sure to keep all your closets and cabinets clean.

Selling Secret #8:  Light 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 cut the bushes outside to let in sunshine.  Do what you have to do to make your house bright and cheery -- it will make it more sellable.

Selling Secret #7:   Find the right agent - Make sure that your agent is totally informed and constantly monitors the multiple listing service (MLS) to know what properties are going on the market and know the comps in your neighborhood.  Find an agent who embraces technology -- a tech-savvy one 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.   Buyers don't want to walk in your home and see a bowl full of dog food, smell the kitty litter box or have tufts of pet hair stuck to their clothes.  It will give buyers the impression that your house is not clean.  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 pays off.  Mammoth makeovers, not so much.  You probably won't get your money back if you do a huge improvement project 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 home - 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 to maximize the full potential of your home.  Staging simply means arranging your furniture to best showcase the floor plan and maximize the use of space.

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% 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 cabinet hardware.  Use a neutral-color paint so you can present buyers with a blank canvas where they can start envisioning their own style. 

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.

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 your selling, make it welcoming by putting in a small bench, a vase of fresh-cut flowers or even some cookies.

My name is Robin Hedrick and I am here to help you get your house ready to go on the market and get it sold.  I am a licensed real estate agent with Exit Midlands Realty serving Chapin, Irmo, Lexington, Columbia and surrounding areas.

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