12 Days of Home Selling Tips

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On the first day of Christmas
My REALTOR® Angela said to me:
“Consider your curb appeal.”

Curb appeal is all-important when it comes to selling your home. If a potential buyer does not like the way your home looks on the outside, they will not want to see the inside. First impressions are lasting impressions. Remove outdoor clutter such as toys and trash cans; freshen up the entry way with new paint, seasonal flowers or plants, and a good scrubbing; add living space such as a porch swing, dining area or some new lighting; and mow, trim & weed to keep your yard looking clean and tidy.

On the second day of Christmas
My REALTOR® Angela said to me:
“Declutter & detach.”

A cluttered home gives the feeling that it is not well-maintained, dirty and lacking storage, whereas an uncluttered home looks spacious with plenty of storage and clean! Too much stuff makes it difficult for potential home buyers to see past the clutter to the home and its best features. Less clutter also means less to move, a win-win. It is also important to detach yourself from your home. We get it – you have a lot of memories in your home, but it is important to detach and be emotionally ready to sell so expectations are realistic as to what you can receive for the home.

On the third day of Christmas
My REALTOR® Angela said to me
“Clean everything!”
Cleaning everything both inside and out will help your home shine bright to potential buyers. A clean home looks like a well-cared for home. Cleaning should be from top to bottom and inside and out. Wash windows, pressure wash re-caulk tubs and showers, dust, and polish all chrome faucets and mirrors. Also, hang up fresh towels and get rid of smells that might be off-putting to home buyers. A thorough cleaning will make your home more appealing. If it proves to be too much, consider hiring a cleaning crew to come in and do it for you. A clean house is a must when selling!

On the fourth day of Christmas
My REALTOR® Angela said to me
“Repaint your walls.”

Painting your home instantly updates it and makes it feel fresh and clean for home buyers. A fresh coat of paint also presents a clean slate to potential home buyers and enables them to better see themselves in your home. In addition to adding appeal, it is also one of the least expensive ways to add value to your home, but don’t forget to keep paint colors neutral! Again, you want your house to appeal to the most potential buyers possible.

On the fifth day of Christmas
My REALTOR® Angela said to me
“Do any minor repairs.”

Again, the goal of home selling is to get the maximum amount of money as possible for your home. This may include making minor repairs to help portray your home in the best possible light. Minor repairs may include things like fixing leaky faucets, patching any holes or cracks to the walls, replacing missing fence boards or updating the lighting. Your REALTOR® can help you with the decision on what things need doing and what things don’t. Minor repairs can mean major bucks when it comes to selling your home.

On the sixth day of Christmas
My REALTOR® Angela said to me
“Depersonalize your home.”

Most people fall in love with their home, making them an extension of their style and personality. One of the most important elements of success when it comes to home selling is getting potential buyers to imagine themselves in your home. Depersonalization involves eliminating your tastes and neutralizing the space by removing family photos, neutralizing color palettes, putting away artwork and magnets, and removing any personal effects like razors and deodorant. The goal is to get other people to see themselves in your home, not you in your home.

On the seventh day of Christmas
My REALTOR® Angela said to me
“Let the light shine in.”

A lighter room is a brighter room. Take down the drapes, clean the windows, change the lampshades and increase the wattage of your light bulbs. Do whatever you can to make your house bright and cheery; it will make it easier to sell.

On the eighth day of Christmas
My REALTOR® Angela said to me
“Make your home available.”

If someone wants to view your house, you need to be accommodating, even if it’s inconvenient for you because after all, someone needs to see your house to want to buy it. And don’t forget, always leave your home during a viewing. Hanging around during a showing makes you look desperate to sell, increases the risk you’ll say something you shouldn’t, and makes home shoppers extremely uncomfortable.

On the ninth day of Christmas
My REALTOR® Angela said to me
“Remove any signs of pets.”

We get it, you love your pet; but not everyone is an animal lover. Hide evidence of pets and send them to a friend’s place if possible during showings. One whiff of a dirty litter box or a view of pet waste in the yard could ruin a showing. Also, some potential buyers are afraid of animals or allergic to animals, and some pets can be unpredictable around strangers. Why turn off a potential buyer from the get-go? Other ways to help: put away water and food bowls, vacuum, pick up and put away pet toys, remove photos of pets, and put away the crates and carriers.

On the tenth day of Christmas
My REALTOR® Angela said to me
“Organize closets and cabinets.”

Buyers will be curious as to how much storage space there is and will open closets and cabinets to get a closer look. It is important to ensure these are organized and partially empty to give off the impression that you take care of your possessions (and are likely to take care of your home) and that there is plenty of space!

On the eleventh day of Christmas
My REALTOR® Angela said to me
“Take good photos.”

Ever hear the expression, “a picture is worth a thousand words?” Nothing could be more true in real estate. Many homebuyers search for homes online these days, and good photos will help set your listing apart and generate added interest in your listing. Good photos should be crisp and clear, taken during the day when there is plenty of natural light and should showcase your home’s best assets. Consider hiring a professional to get quality results and add a video tour to further enhance your listing.

On the twelfth day of Christmas
My REALTOR® Angela said to me
“Price your house to sell.”

Overpricing will lead to loss of interest and less demand for your home and no offers. You can always drop the price later, but by then, it might be too little too late. Talk with your REALTOR® about the worth of your home. Ask about comparable homes in the area and price it to sell in the current market. Be realistic about what you can actually get for your home. Selling a home is all about supply and demand, and you must pick the best price based on how much your home is actually worth, not how much you think it’s worth.

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