Six Best-Kept Secrets For Selling Your Home

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When it comes to selling your home, there are a few unknown tricks of the trade that can help you get top dollar. Here are the top six ways:

1. The Price Is Right
One of the biggest mistakes home sellers make is overpricing and under pricing their home. Overpricing it drives buyers away, and under pricing it too much can make buyers concerned something is wrong with the home. Instead, find out what the value of your home is, and what other comps in the area are priced at, and then shave 15 to 20 percent off the price. This drives multiple buyers in, and they will bid up the price over what it’s worth.

2. Cleanliness
Whether your house is empty or you’re still living in it, cleanliness is key. Homes should be uncluttered, devoid of toys and excess items, and clean. If you have carpet in your home that is in decent condition, look to Chem-Dry it in order to give the home a fresh, clean appearance. Additionally, give the interior a fresh coat of paint. Over the years, paint can look dingy from dirt and dust, and new paint will brighten and modernize the space.

3. Half-Empty Closets
Storage is something every buyer is interested in, thus if your closets aren’t empty, take out at least half the stuff. Potential buyers will be able to see the size of the closets when less is stored inside. 

4. Don’t Over Upgrade
There is a fine line between updating your home and over upgrading it. Updating the home with new appliances, fresh paint, new cabinetry hardware, and updated fixtures will modernize the home enough to drive the value up while large, expensive home improvement projects typically don’t offer a high return investment for immediate sale.

5. Pet-Free Zone
While an adorable pooch or cuddly cat might win over the hearts of guests, potential buyers are looking for home they can envision themselves in, and a lived-in home with a dog or cat running around feels too personal. Additionally, seeing a litter box or full dog food bowl can create the illusion your home is not clean, which will either drive buyers away, or cause them to make a low offer.

6. Light It Up
Maximize the light in your home. While location is usually the first thing a homebuyer notices, ample lighting is typically second. Take down drapes, clean the windows, and keep blinds open, if you have them, in order to showcase how bright and airy your home is. When it comes to indoor lighting, don’t skimp on electricity when having an open house. Be sure to turn lights on to amplify how bright the home is, showcase your updated fixtures, and emphasize the amount of square footage your home has to offer.
7. Be Show Ready
You never know when a buyer will drop by to see your home. Being show ready at all times will maximize your home’s selling potential.

With a few key updates and simple staging techniques, you can sell your home for top dollar with little effort.

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