Home Selling Tips
If youâ€™re thinking of selling your home, keep in mind that buyers
appreciate a clean look in the homes they view. You can increase the
value of your home and decrease the time it takes to sell by making a
few simple improvements.
Aroma is the first thing prospective buyers notice when they step
inside a home. To eliminate odors, steam clean your carpet and wash
walls and floors with household cleaners and disinfectants. Keep your
home smelling fresh by burning candles or potpourri, boiling a pot of
cinnamon sticks or putting a dab of vanilla on cold light bulbs before
turning them on.
Nothing makes a home look newer faster than painting. Painting your
walls and removing outdated wallpaper may be the best interior
improvements you can make. For broader appeal, paint in neutral colors
such as beige, white, off-white, or gray. These colors suggest newness
and cleanliness and can brighten a dull or outdated room. If your
carpet is badly worn, outdated or stained, consider replacing it. If
your carpet is heavily soiled, you may want to have it professionally
cleaned. Brighten the interior of your home by cleaning your windows
and opening your curtains to let light in. Clean hanging light fixtures
and add the highest-wattage bulbs allowed. Below are 20 suggestions to
help you sell your home.
Make the Most of that First Impression:
A well-manicured lawn, neatly trimmed shrubs and a clutter-free
porch welcome prospects. So does a freshly painted â€“ or at least
freshly scrubbed â€“ front door. If itâ€™s autumn, rake the leaves. If itâ€™s
winter, shovel the walkways. The fewer obstacles between prospects and
the true appeal of your home, the better.
Invest a Few Hours for Future Dividends:
Hereâ€™s your chance to clean up in real estate. Clean up in the
living room, the bathroom, the kitchen. If your woodwork is scuffed or
the paint is fading, consider some minor redecoration. Fresh wallpaper
adds charm and value to your property. Prospects would rather see how
great your home really looks than hear how great it could look, â€œwith a
Check Faucets and Bulbs:
Dripping water rattles the nerves, discolors sinks and suggests
faulty or worn-out plumbing. Burned out bulbs leave prospects in the
dark. Donâ€™t let little problems detract from whatâ€™s right with your
Donâ€™t Shut Out a Sale:
If cabinets or closet doors stick in your home, you can be sure
they will also stick in a prospectâ€™s mind. Donâ€™t try to explain away
sticky situations when you can easily plane them away. A little effort
on your part can smooth the way toward a closing.
Homeowners learn to live with all kinds of self-set booby traps:
roller skates on the stairs, festooned extension cords, slippery throw
rugs and low hanging overhead lights. Make your residence as
non-perilous as possible for uninitiated visitors.
Make Room for Space:
Remember, potential buyers are looking for more than just
comfortable living space. Theyâ€™re looking for storage space, too. Make
sure your attic and basement are clean and free of unnecessary items.
Consider Your Closets:
The better organized a closet, the larger it appears. Nowâ€™s the
time to box up those unwanted clothes and donate them to charity.
Make Your Bathrooms Sparkle:
Bathrooms sell homes, so let them shine. Check and repair damaged
or unsightly caulking in the tubs and showers. For added allure,
display your best towels, mats and shower curtains.
Create Dream Bedrooms:
Wake up prospects to the cozy comforts of your bedrooms. For a
spacious look, get rid of excess furniture. Colorful bedspreads and
fresh curtains are a must.
Open up in the Daytime:
Let the sun shine in! Pull back your curtains and drapes so prospects can see how bright and cheery your home is.
Lighten up at Night:
Turn on the excitement by turning on all your lights â€“ both inside
and outside â€“ when showing your home in the evening. Lights add color
and warmth, and make prospects feel welcome.
Avoid Crowd Scenes:
Potential buyers often feel like intruders when they enter a home
filled with people. Rather than giving your house the attention it
deserves, theyâ€™re likely to hurry through. Keep the company present to a
Watch Your Pets:
Dogs and cats are great companions, but not when youâ€™re showing
your home. Pets have a talent for getting underfoot. So do everybody a
favor: Keep Kitty and Spot outside, or at least out of the way.
Rock-and-roll will never die. But it might kill a real estate
transaction. When itâ€™s time to show your home, itâ€™s time to turn down
the stereo or TV.
Be friendly, but donâ€™t try to force conversation. Prospects want to view your home with a minimum of distraction.
No matter how humble your abode, never apologize for its
shortcomings. If a prospect volunteers a derogatory comment about your
homeâ€™s appearance, let an experienced Real Estate Agent handle the
Keep a Low Profile:
Nobody knows your home as well as you do. But a Real Estate Agent
knows buyers â€“ what they need and what they want. Your Real Estate
Agent will have an easier time articulating the virtues of your home if
you stay in the background.
Donâ€™t Turn Your Home into a Second-Hand Store:
When prospects come to view your home, donâ€™t distract them with
offers to sell those furnishings you no longer need. You may lose the
biggest sale of all.
Defer to Experience:
When prospects want to talk price, terms, or other real estate matters, let them speak to an expert â€“ your Real Estate Agent.
Help Your Agent:
Your Real Estate Agent will have an easier time selling your home
if showings are scheduled through his or her office. Offer to keep an
eye on the brochure box attached to your sign and make sure it is
always filled with flyers. Try to accommodate prospective buyers when
they want to see your home.About the Author
The above information was provided by Scott Beard, Virtual Homes
Real Estate.Â Scott Beard is leading REALTOR with over 18 years
experience. Scott covers the Greater Boston area specializing in
Newton, the Back Bay, Beacon Hill, North End and the Waterfront.
Selling a home in Newton and Greater Boston requires you and your agent
to price your home properly, by not doing so you will miss the market
and potential buyers. Your agent should also have an â€œonline
marketingâ€ plan for your home. As a home seller, you need to be aware
that the market in Greater Boston has changed and that you need to
have a professional dedicated to achieving results working for you.
Scott can be reached at Scott.Beard@virtualhomes.com or by cell phone
at 603-930-7777.Â Visit my MLS Property Search Finder to have free MLS access. For more information about Scott Beard visit About Scott Beard.