Are you thinking about selling your home? Maybe you’ve already listed it on the market, but it’s just not attracting buyers the way you hoped it would. Whatever the case may be, if you are going to successfully sell your home, you need to make it attractive and appealing to potential buyers.
And, obviously, you’ll want to do that without spending a ton of money in the process. Fortunately for you, there are many things you can do to increase the chances that your home will sell without spending a fortune.
Get Rid of “Out There” Customizations
When you own and live in our own home, it’s understandable that you would devote a lot of time and effort into making it…well…your own. When it comes time to sell, however, you need to look at your home through the eyes of the average buyer.
While you might love the bright, pink paint on your shutters, for example, it’s not very likely that the average home buyer would share your tastes. Though it may be difficult, take a close look at your home and make some quick changes to get rid of features that, while they might be appealing to you, may not be attractive to the average buyer.
Unless you’ve gone way over-the-top with your home customizations, the fixes should be easy and affordable.
Clear Out Clutter
If you’re like most people, then your home probably looks a little “lived in.” Whether you’ve got piles of clothes taking up space in the kids’ rooms or a huge collection of DVDs stockpiled around the house, it’s time to do some tidying up!
Yes, the new family that buys your home will likely add their own clutter to it, but the truth is, people like to see homes in “perfect” condition when they’re shopping. Plus, cleaning out clutter is not only free, but if you find a few items you can sell, you might just make a buck or two!
Hire a Realtor
People who are trying to make a nice profit on their homes often shy away from hiring realtors, thinking they’ll pocket more money if they do the selling themselves. It might surprise you to learn, however, that the average self-seller nets around 15% less of a profit than those who hire realtors, even with the realtor fees included.
When you put out the money for a realtor, you actually increase your chances of getting the appropriate value for your home, so make a wise investment and hire a reliable, experienced professional realtor.
Take a Whiff
One of the biggest turn-offs to potential buyers is a home that smells less than fresh. While you should obviously get rid of any trash and clean out your fridge before potential buyers come by, be aware of odors that you might be used to but that newcomers to your home might find offensive.
Pet owners, for example, might want to give the litter box an extra change or avoid cooking onions or other strong-smelling foods in the days before prospective buyers come over. And, lighting a scented candle or plugging in a new air freshener never hurts either!
As you can see, there are many things you can do- affordable things- that can make your home all the more pleasing to prospective purchasers. By following these tips and always keeping marketability of your home at the forefront of your mind, you should have a sell in no time!