You want to sell your house, and you want to get top dollar? Excellent!
But “What do I need to do to sell my house?
Here are some tips on how to get your home ready to sell if you’re looking to sell it for top dollar.
*NOTE: These instructions are if you’re looking to get full retail value for your house sale. However, if you don’t want to do the things below… or don’t have the time or money… you can still sell your house fast for a fair value in a win-win sale that will save you time and expense.
1) Clean, clean and clean. Even vacant houses get dusty and dirty, so keep it up! Nothing short of gleaming perfection will impress buyers. If you don’t have hours upon hours to clean your house, you will have to hire and pay someone to help you out until you sell.
If you are a messy person, consider finding somewhere else to live while your house is on the market. Maybe you can bribe your cleanest friend to trade houses with you? Seriously, keeping everything immaculate really helps buyers feel comfortable in your space and nothing stops people faster from buying than a dirty house.
2) Maintain a neutral style. You don’t have to paint everything off-white. In fact, some subtle colors can really help change the perception of spaces. For example, a soft yellow will help brighten up a dark kitchen and a deep dark blue or green will help a bright bedroom to feel like a calm place to sleep. Be careful though because dark colors will make rooms feel small.
Spend the money to get high-quality paint and professional help. People will pay more money for a property with the right colors and professional painting job because it makes the home feel better built, even though it’s just paint.
Don’t neglect painting the outside of your home, as that is important for a first impression.
3) Fix or replace anything that’s broken. It might feel like a waste of money to spend an extra couple hundred dollars on a dishwasher that someone else might just replace again, but quite a few buyers will get a home inspection and use the older appliances as an opportunity to negotiate a lower selling price with you. As the seller, you’ll often end up paying more if you try to hide neglected maintenance from the buyer. Make sure you stay in compliance with all the laws when selling your house. It’s often a good use of money to hire a home inspector to come through before you put the property on the market. If you ask in advance, they’ll often charge you a small rate to come back after you’ve done a bunch of minor repairs and deliver you a clean bill of health. Prospective buyers love to see an independent report on the condition of the house because it makes them feel more comfortable with the purchase.
4) Make only necessary improvements. The biggest mistake people make when getting their house ready to sell is over-improving. They often spend too much money on customized frills that can’t be recovered in the sale.
Paint is really the only safe investment – it’s easy to overspend on almost everything else, and it’s easy to get ripped off by unscrupulous contractors.
It’s important to know what improvements will produce a return on investment to avoid wasting money.
5) Get expert opinions. You should definitely find at least a few decent real estate brokers who will help you price your property, but be honest with them if your intention in the end is to market the property on your own. A skilled broker can help you to make more money in the end, but keep in mind you must pay them.
6) Have a really great marketing plan. Again, great brokers earn their value by doing this work and spreading the advertising expenses across many clients. It’s pretty expensive and time-consuming to start from scratch on your own, but if you’re already a marketing expert, you’re ahead of the pack.
If you’re not a marketer, spend the time listening to what the best brokers do to sell houses – just to educate yourself on the options.
7) Get a cash offer. We buy houses all over area, and we do all the work so you don’t have to deal with any of this stuff. 1-844-Exit-As-Is, Inc. at (844) 394-8274.