Hi Eleanor - In general, use the following four (but not Ltd to 4) tips to ensure your house SELLS FAST & FOR TOP DOLLAR:
1. Presentation: / Repairs: as humans, we are very visual. Eyes talk to the brain first when a buyer is looking. All other senses automatically kicks in thereafter. Basic clean up, reorganizing items, closets, Living (main entrance), Kitchen (sink is clear), Bath (no colors in tub), master bedroom (made), kids/other room (toys are organized)' linen closet (folded). all seem minor, but they are actually part of the overall presentation. Same applies for when the appraisal person comes.
Repairs: Minor sprucing up can do wonders. Touch up painting or fully paint rooms where needed & if necessary.
2. Do not ignore curb appeal. 1st impression always last. Many times I pull up to a home, and buyers get turned off before even seeing inside, bc of over grown weeds or junk in yard.
3. Get rid of odors. Plugins can impress the most critical buyers. Good Scents "talk" to their brain. It says to buyer, "BUY". :-)
4. Last but not least. Pricing! Do not over price. If a license realtors quotes a price based on the very important comparibles, aka "comps" (Assuming they use one), it's very likely the deal will close at or around the "professional" realtors suggested price, especially if its a finance deal. Meaning, the buyer's bank will search, see & use the same "comps" when comes time for the bank's appraisal. The reality is deals are getting killed more today, bc of appraisal differences, than ever before. Banks are being more conservative bc of the houses issues we all are familiar with, from 5 years ago.
Point is, pricing is key!
For additional tips, please contact me.
Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc.
Licensed "Professional" Salesperson/Consultant