Selling your home is one of the most important financial decisions you can make. Normally, one’s home is their most valuable asset. There are key ingredients in devising a marketing strategy that will help insure that you receive the full financial potential available to you through the sale of your home. In addition, that same well planned strategy can minimize the amount of time your home is on the market.
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- Apply fresh paint. A new coat of interior and exterior paint dramatically improves the appearance of your home and makes it feel fresh and clean. To appeal to the widest audience, stick to neutral colors that will go with any furniture.
- Focus on the floors. Steam clean all carpets, use a wood-cleaning product on hardwood floors. The walls, ceiling and floors are what potential buyers pay the closest attention to while on home tours, so it’s important that they are as clean as possible.
- Make a grand entrance. There is no second first impression! Consider replacing or painting the front door; if you have shutters, paint them a matching color. Clean and polish the door knob and fixtures, and dress up the entry with seasonal decorations such as flowers or a wreath. People are naturally attracted to symmetry, so place any accents on both sides of the door.
- Maintain the yard. Landscaping has a major effect on curb appeal. Make sure your home looks its best by mowing the lawn, weeding the flowerbeds, and pruning the bushes and trees. Planting small flowers in the yard can be an inexpensive way to add a pop of color.
- De-clutter and organize. I can’t stress this one enough! Keep only the essentials, and put everything else in storage or give it away. Not only will your home will feel cleaner and bigger when it’s not filled with stuff, this process will save you time when you’re ready to move. Another important note is to be prepared for your agent to take pictures of the house. Have it clean and looking presentable.
- Dig in and Deep clean the kitchen and bath. Wipe down or paint the cupboards, clean the grout between tiles, clear everything off the counters. Re-caulk tubs, showers and sinks and polish the fixtures. Make sure no mold is present.
- Stage the backyard. The backyard is often the last thing buyers see on a tour, so it should look nice. Simple staging can make a big difference. Get rid of decorations and clutter in the yard, add a table and chair set, power wash and stain the deck and fence, and clean the pool and spa. Remove any dying plants, and take down any shed or outdoor storage that’s in poor condition. If budget permits, add a barbeque, fire pit, pond or outdoor lighting to create an inviting space.
- Half-empty 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 snoop, so be sure to keep all your closets and cabinets clean and tidy.
- Light it up. Maximize the light in your home. After location, good light is the one thing that every buyer cites 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 – it will make it more sellable
10. Take the home out of your house. One of the most important things to do when selling your house is to de-personalize it. The more personal stuff in your house, the less potential buyers can imagine themselves living there. Get rid of a third of your stuff – put it in storage. This includes family photos, memorabilia collections and personal keepsakes. Staging simply means arranging your furniture to best showcase the floor plan and maximize the use of space.
As a Realtor and lifelong resident, I am very familiar with this valley. I feel certain that I can help you accomplish your goals regarding the sale of your property. I take pride in my customer service and hold my client’s needs at the utmost importance.
I would love to have the opportunity to sit down with you to present a marketing plan that I know will produce great results. If you are interested in meeting with me or have any questions please call me at 208-201-4358.
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By Amy Jennings