Top 10 Best Tips for Selling Your Home
Are you getting ready to put your home on the market? Maybe you’re curious how the pros sell homes faster and for top dollar? Whatever your situation, I’m going to break down the top 10 best tips for selling your home.
1. First impressions matter – Make it count!
First impressions are so critical that it would be unwise to ignore this when selling your home. The first time a prospective buyer sees your house will be a huge determining factor in their decision to go ahead or not. Using a professional staging service is one of the best ways to create a great first impression and especially when selling a vacant house.
2. Keep your home ready for buyers.
It goes without saying that if your home doesn’t look ready to show, it won’t encourage buyers to write an offer. Keep your home show-ready for buyers every time, and you’ll sell your home faster.
3. Your kitchen is the most important room.
The money you put into your kitchen generally comes back to you. When it comes to home buyers, the kitchen can make or break a potential sale. If you can’t afford to upgrade, use neutral paint colors and possibly replace the doors and visible surfaces or even simply update the cabinetry hardware.
4. Let buyers imagine the space.
The easiest way to keep your house clean and show-ready is to reduce the clutter. Rent a storage facility and stage your home to sell. Buyers want to imagine the space as their own, and they can’t do that with all your stuff there. The rule to follow is to de-clutter and de-personalize.
5. Don’t go overboard on the upgrades.
While upgrades in the kitchen and the bathroom matter, you don’t want to put upgrades everywhere. Instead, make simple changes for a dramatic effect. Fresh coats of paint, new curtains, new cabinetry hardware, and clean grout can go a long way.
6. Pets don’t sell a house.
This one is simple. Make arrangements to have your pets with family or at a day care or pet kennel and their litter box and toys hidden away. Find more helpful tips here.
7. Clean, Clean, & Clean!
Clean everything! Remember, you’re not just competing with other resale homes, but brand-new ones as well.
8. Bright and light are how it’s done right.
While not all homes are bright and airy, it’s crucial to find ways to let the light in for showings. Add some light features to improve the lighting in your home, and you’ll have buyers feeling the love. Light and neutral paint colours are best to lighten up a room.
9. Leave some space in your closets.
Home buyers want to see space, not clutter. Keep your closets at most halfway full so that they can imagine the space.
10. Price your home based on its value rather than its sentimentality.
It can be hard to look at your home objectively, but by having your agent prepare a CMA (Comparative Market Analysis) you’ll have a better sense of the selling price of similar homes in your area. An experienced agent will also help you decide on a pricing strategy based on your timeline and selling price needs as well as considering other factors like a buyer’s, balanced, or seller’s market.
Looking for an agent?
If you’re looking for an agent to sell your home in Winnipeg or the surrounding areas and who can help you to implement these tips, help with strategies to sell within your timeframe, and to get you the best price possible, contact Andrew St. Hilaire Winnipeg REALTOR®.