10 Tips to Sell Your Home | Jennifer Tremaine Realtor | Real Living Real Estate

10 Tips to Sell Your Home Fast

To get the best price for your home, you need to differentiate it from the competition. Here are some ideas - some of which are free - that can increase your chances of getting more offers, better offers, and a faster sale.

1. Focus on Curb Appeal

First impressions are extremely important. That's the first glimpse your prospective buyers get of your home when they arrive. Go outside, stand back, and look at the front of your house. If it's not as inviting as you'd like it to be, invest in flower baskets of annuals and tidy up the walkway and porch.

2. Paint Outside

If you aren't able to repaint the whole house, at least update the trim or paint just the front or entry way. It's all about first impressions.

3. Clean Your Windows

They should sparkle and your front door should be oiled so that it swings smoothly. If you have a screen door, make sure that the screen is in good condition. Screens are easy to replace at your local hardware store.

4. Clean Your Home

When a potential buyer walks in, they expect your home to look, feel and smell clean. Clean out your cupboards and closets and eliminate any sign of clutter.

5. Stage Your Home

Keep furniture to a livable minimum, and store the rest. Less is more when your showing a house; when you remove furniture, rooms automatically look larger. Pack up all your knick-knacks and family heirlooms so prospective buyers can imagine the house as their new home.

6. Update Your Walls

Paint - is the fastest and cheapest way to freshen up a room. Even if your kitchen is a little out of date, a coat of paint in current shades can do wonders. So will new knobs and drawer pulls for kitchen cabinets.

Take down wallpaper - Interior designers say that even brand new wallpaper is the first thing people change in a new home, so don't waste time, energy and money on it.

Keep colors neutral - even if you don't care for them yourself. Neutral colors make it easier for potential buyers to visualize their own furniture in place, and helps them to think about the changes they'd like to make when they move in.

7. Update Worn Flooring

The best bang for your buck is to hire a professional carpet cleaning service. They can clean spots impossible for you to do by yourself. Once it is clean and dry, if it still appears worn, buy a remnant from a carpet store and have it installed. Don't invest in top of the line carpeting, your buyers are likely to change it again.

8. Tidy up the Bathrooms

New shower curtains for every bathroom are a must - old streaky ones are a turn-off. Buy a set of matching towels for every bathroom. Keep the new sets just for show and put them away each time a prospective buyer leaves.

9. Minimize Pet or Smoke Odors

A lot of people are allergic to pet dander and smoke, so once the house is cleaned you need to banish your pets and smokers to the patio or garage until your house is sold. In addition, make sure you take your pets with you when your house is being shown.

10. Leave the Lights On

Even in the daytime, keeping all the lights on makes everything look nicer. Whatever the time of year, make sure the house is comfortably warm or cool. This is not the time to skimp on utility bills.