You may be thinking about upsizing or downsizing your place. You may have a reason(s) to move to a new area. Whatever type of house, condo, duplex, manufactured or mobile home you may have – and whatever reason you may have to move – there are basic rules of thumb to help you sell your home more quickly and for more money. Let’s look at 7 smart tips that will help you.
- Always start with the prospective buyer in mind
It is common for people to get used to seeing our own place, and so they may not see the flaws. So find that friend, family member or co-worker that will be BRUTALLY honest with you! Get a note pad and digital camera. Make a list of all that is needing attention, starting on the outside, go all the way around your place, then go inside and do the same.
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American Insurance Alliance.
- Curb Appeal!
It may seem obvious, but make sure that your grass is mowed, no weeds are showing and the lawn is edged where sidewalks or street
curbs may be present. Make that first impression a good one, because most good buyers won’t go past that outside first look if they don’t like what they see.
Do you have shrubs? Flowers? Yard ornaments? Trees? Make sure that all are looking good. Some people spend a lot of money putting in what they don’t already have. That’s usually not necessary, unless your house looks unappealing. Make sure that toys and tools aren’t cluttering up the lawn, drive way, etc..
Are your shingles okay? Are there any steps that look risky? Is your siding clean or does it need to be pressure washed? If you have a patio, deck or out-building, are they standing tall and looking good?
As you walk in the front door, or back door, what do you see? Stop, take a good slow look around. Is the house too cluttered? Do walls need painting? Are window coverings or lamp shades looking ragged or dirty? Clean up and take care of anything that doesn’t look its best.
- Floor coverings
Make sure your floor coverings are clean. If you have carpeting, make sure it isn’t torn or thread bare.
- Explore as if for the first time…Go Room by Room!
Check every room, every closet. Make a list of everything that needs attention, and then ‘get it done’ as rapidly as possible.
Make sure you explore using free and low cost websites to market your home, since the National Association or Realtors ® says that some 90-94% of all home shoppers are doing some, most or all of their search online. If you’re home is at a market or is high priced, consider interviewing local real estate agents and/or manufactured home brokers, as appropriate. When we say ‘interview,’ treat selecting an agent or company like you are selecting a new hire at work. Make sure you define performance and early out-clauses if they aren’t bringing you activity.
Regardless if you are doing a ‘for sale by owner’ (FSBO) or using an agent, follow these tips and you’ll see how your home may sell more quickly and for more money. ##