One of the most important things to remember when selling your home is to keep it as clean as possible. If you need help or don’t have the time to organize your stuff, you can hire a home staging professional in your area. Ask your real estate professional for more information.
1. Remove any clutter from the home and place it in storage. Do not store this stuff on the property if you don’t have enough room. Storing clutter in closets or in your garage, will often make these areas look smaller. By removing clutter or even large pieces of furniture, the rooms will look larger.
2. Disconnect yourself emotionally from your home. This is a big problem for people who have lived in their house for long periods of time. If you’ve raised a family here, the children could have emotional ties also to the home. Some home sellers are looking for someone special to buy their home, if you’ve got the time and money to wait, you can be selective but be careful, because the longer you wait, the market could go up or down.
3. When your real estate professional is showing the house, it’s always a good idea to leave the home until the potential homebuyers are gone. One example of this would be if you were in a bad mood or didn’t have a good day and were a little upset at the world. Your mood could cause potential homebuyers to lose interest in the property. I’ve seen this more than once.
4. Make sure everything is operating properly. This would include doors, door knobs, windows, kitchen appliances, garage door openers, cabinet drawers, bathroom fixtures, toilets, faucets, lights, switches, electrical outlets and anything else that moves, slides, turns or rotates that is part of the home.
5. The Interior and exterior walls of the home should be in good shape. Make sure there’s no termite damage, wood rot, peeling paint, broken windows or holes in the walls.
6. Make sure the flooring is in good shape. Some real estate professionals will suggest, replacing the carpeting with a neutral color. This method often works pretty good but I have seen plenty of homes that were re-carpeted and after the home was purchased the carpeting was replaced again, by the new owners. Just make sure the flooring is in good shape.
7. Here’s a trick that definitely works a little magic when selling a home. Leave some cookies or a nice fruit bowl on the dining room table. There is no need to leave a sign that says “Eat Me”. It gives the home a warm feeling, almost like a country atmosphere.
8. Even better than home selling tip number seven would be baking some cookies just before the perspective buyers arrive, it’s not the cookies, it’s the smell from the cookies that most people cannot resist.
These are just a few home selling tips but the most important is to keep the inside and outside of the home clean.
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