1. Consider working with a real estate agent.
Sure, it may cost you a bit more, but it will save you time, effort, and stress
in the long run. Not to mention, a good Realtor® should be able to help you sell your home for more money. A quality Realtor® with experience in your area can help you handle all the details and take some stress off your shoulders.2. Research the best agents in your area.
Before hiring an agent, be sure to do your homework. A good agent should be knowledgeable, experienced, and reputable.
Look for high ratings from previous clients, and/or ask friends and family who they’d recommend. In addition, a good agent will be flexible, responsive, and will always have your best interests in mind.3. Thoroughly clean and inspect your home.
Prior to your open house, eliminate any mold, mildew, or other allergens. Ensure there are no traces of asbestos, formaldehyde, or any other environmental toxins and hazards
, especially if you have an older home. Prior to your house showing, purchase dehumidifiers (if you have a mold issue) or air purifiers (to eliminate any allergens in your home) and allow them to run overnight. This helps ensure the air is clean and ready
for any potential buyers during your open house.4. Hide any evidence of your pets.
You might think your cat, Fluffy, is the cutest kitty to grace the earth - but that potential buyer who happens to be allergic to cats
might disagree with you. Not only do pets carry allergens and, in worst case scenarios, harmful parasites, but pets might even make your home seem dirtier than it really is. Pet dander, fur, urine, and odors could turn off potential homebuyers.
Even signs of pets, such as bedding, toys, or food and water bowls, should be removed from the home prior to the open house. Don’t worry; this doesn’t mean you need to get rid of beloved Fluffy!
Instead, consider hiring a pet sitter or boarding kennel, or having a trusted friend or relative watch your pet for a few hours.5. Invest in solar power.
Not only does solar power help the environment, it also helps you financially. In addition to reducing the costs of your utility bills each month, solar panels are known to increase the resale value of your home.
If it’s within your budget, it certainly wouldn’t hurt to invest in solar panels prior to selling.6. Think like your buyer.HGTV recommends
that you start referring to your home as your “property” the moment you put it up for sale. That way, you let go of any emotional connections and are better able to stage the home according to the specific needs of your homebuyers.
You should also consider the types of buyers who would be attracted to your property and your neighborhood, and stage your property according to what those specific buyers would want to see.