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7 Best-Kept Secrets to Selling Your Home

Justin Woodbeck

Justin spent his formative years in Detroit as a police officer, training officer and instructor...

Justin spent his formative years in Detroit as a police officer, training officer and instructor...

Nov 19 5 minutes read

Are you thinking of selling but feel overwhelmed and like you’re forgetting the crucial steps you have to take when you list your home? We know you want to sell in record time and for top dollar, but you may feel a little stressed right now. With the proper approach and a little effort, your home can be sold in no time at a competitive price. 

Keep reading to find out our 7 best-kept secrets to selling your home.

Light It Up

Good lighting is something every buyer wants in a home, and the right lighting has the power to add style to a home. So open those curtains, clean the windows, purchase some new lamps, increase the wattage of your light bulbs, and even add some dimmers! Whether you have to create light or showcase the natural light, focus on making your home bright and cheery in order to sell it faster. 

 

First Impression is the Only Impression

No matter how amazing the inside of your home looks, buyers are already making judgments and forming their opinions before they even walk through the door. Remember, when it comes to selling, you will never have a second chance to make a first impression. That’s why having good curb appeal is the first secret to sell your home. As buyers approach your property, it is important to make them feel welcomed and safe. Typically, you can get 100% return on the money you put into the exterior of your home.

De-Personalize Your Home

One important tip to take note of when trying to sell your home is to remove as much clutter as possible while de-personalizing as well. The more personal objects that are in your home, the less potential buyers can visualize themselves living there. Be sure to store family photos, personal keepsakes, and any distinctive family items. Another area to focus on is the floor. Clear any pet toys, litter boxes, food bowls, or stray stuffed animals to make room for your new guests. Don't forget to plan pet or child care during open houses!

Price It Right

Find out what your home is actually worth (use our free home valuation here) and we can create a price from there. Oftentimes sellers are thrown off by "automatic" home value reports that are unrealistic. By pricing your home based on what it is actually worth, buyers will be more attracted to your reasonably priced home, which is the key to creating a bidding war. In this case, they will bid above the price of what your home is actually worth. By creating a sense of competition, you will ultimately increase the price that buyers are willing to pay.

Hire a Tech-Savvy Listing Agent

The person you hire for the job could make or break the sale of your home. Your agent should be not only extremely knowledgeable about the MLS and comps in your neighborhood, but also familiar with technology and marketing. We embrace technology which gives your home tons of digital exposure. Sticking a for sale sign in your yard and relying only on traditional advertising methods is not enough anymore. Versatility and innovation are key qualities modern listing agents must have in our digital world. Learn more about our marketing approach here.

Focus On The Kitchen

Your kitchen is arguably the most important room in your home to a buyer. If you do remodel your kitchen, there’s a good chance you will recoup most of your investment during the sale. You could spend a few thousand dollars on necessary updates, but if you don’t, a buyer may knock $10,000 off the asking price if your kitchen is dated. The fastest, most inexpensive kitchen updates include a fresh coat of paint and new cabinet hardware. You'll also want to use a neutral paint color so buyers can envision themselves making the space their own.

 

Always Be Ready To Show

Your house needs to be "show-ready" at all times. You have to be available whenever they want to come to see the place and it has to be in immaculate condition. Don’t leave dishes in the sink, keep visible surfaces decluttered and make sure the bathrooms sparkle. It’s a little inconvenient, but it will get your home sold.

 

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