Secrets for Selling Your Home by HGTV.

Price it Right: Work with a real estate expert to find out what your home is worth and price your home to attract buyers based on the competition. Keep in mind it’s not always best to be the highest priced property and can lead to multiple offers if your price is attractive.

Half-empty closets: Storage is something every buyer is seeking, and you can never have enough. Remove half of the contents of your closets to showcase how neatly organized they are. Buyers like to peek in closets and cabinets so be sure they’re clean and organized.

Hire the best: Make sure you have a real estate agent who has a proven track record and is tech-savvy.

Remove your pets during showings: Not everyone is an animal lover so if possible, remove evidence of pets inside the home. Pet beds, bowls, toys, litter boxes, etc are best to be put out of sight. It’s best to take your dog for a walk during showings.

Avoid expensive upgrades right before selling: Quick fixes before putting your home on the market pay off but it’s not recommended do huge improvements in the hopes of getting a return on your investment. Fresh paint, clean baseboards, decluttering and fresh window treatments are not expensive and make a big difference.

De-personalize your home: Potential buyers want to picture themselves living in the home so box up family memorabilia. Consult with your agent about staging your home to best showcase it’s features and floor plan.

It’s all about the kitchen: If you’re planning to spend money on any updates prior to selling, the best bang for your buck is to spend money in the kitchen. An outdated kitchen is the first thing buyers will consider when knocking money off of their offer price. Updates don’t have to be expensive it could be paint, replacing an outdated broken appliance or even countertops, which don’t always have to be granite, some solid-surface options are more affordable. The rule is that you will get 85% of your money back on kitchen remodeling but the biggest benefit is that an updated kitchen will attract more buyers.

Be ready: Your house needs to be “show ready” at all times because you never know when you’ll get a request for a showing. Tidy up and put clutter away each day so that you’ll be ready at a moments notice. The rule of thumb is a one-hour notice to show anything longer can deter buyers.

The first impression counts: Buyers have already judged your home before they even walk through the door and you may never have a second chance to make a first impression. 

No matter how good the interior of your home looks, buyers have already judged your home before they walk through the door. You never have a second chance to make a first impression. It’s all about the feeling a buyer gets when arriving at your home, so spruce up the exterior with flowers or plants, a new doormat, etc. curb appeal is very importantl. Entryways are also important when you’re selling, so make it welcoming by putting in a small bench, a vase of fresh-cut flowers or even some cookies.