Selling Secret #1: PRICE IT RIGHT!
Find out what your home is worth, then shave 15 to 20 percent off the price. Even in slower markets buyers will bid up the price over what it’s worth. It takes real courage and most sellers just don’t want to risk it, but it’s the single best strategy to sell a home in today’s market.
Selling Secret #2: EMPTY OUT YOUR CLOSETS
Storage is something every buyer is looking for and can never have enough of. Take half the stuff out of your closets then neatly organize what’s left in there. Buyers will want to look in all the spaces of the home, so be sure to keep all your closets and cabinets clean and tidy.
Selling Secret #3: AND THEN THERE WAS LIGHT
Maximize the light in your home. Good lighting is the one thing that every buyer says that they want in a home. Take down the drapes, clean the windows, change the lampshades, increase the wattage of your light bulbs and cut the bushes outside to let in sunshine. Do what you have to do make your house bright and cheery – and if you are selling in the colder, darker winter months, this hack is especially important!
Selling Secret #4: GET THE RIGHT AGENT
Hiring the wrong agent can kill a home sale. Make sure you have an agent who is totally informed and energized to sell your home. They must constantly monitor the multiple listing service (MLS), know what properties are going on the market and know the comps in your neighborhood. Find an who uses all the technology available in the arena of real estate today.
Selling Secret #5: NO PETS
Not everybody is a dog- or cat-lover. Buyers don’t want to walk in your home and see a bowl full of dog food, smell the kitty litter box or have pet hair stuck to their clothes. It will give buyers the impression that your house is not clean. Get rid of the pet evidence and burn candles and if you are showing the home send the pets to the spa for the day!