Thinking of selling your home? Real estate professional Amanda DeLong of Coldwell Banker Heritage shares some practical tips that you can implement today to help your home sell fast.
Create Curb Appeal
Does the front door need a pop of color? I’ve had a lot of success with homes whose door is painted Sherwin Williams Red Barn. If your door needs a tune up, a good agent will be able to recommend the perfect color. I also often suggest colorful flower pots flanking the front door.
Purge and Declutter
Most homes need some degree of decluttering. Depending on your home’s available storage space, you may need to temporarily rent a storage unit. A small unit can often be secured for around $40 a month, so the cost should be well worth the price you’ll get for a more spacious-looking home.
I tell all my clients that we want to think bright, light and open! We want all walkways to be clear and wide. We want as much natural light to flood the space as possible. I even teach my clients how I want their blinds and curtains to be arranged for showings —every detail matters!
Think Like a Buyer
Ever heard of the five-second rule? Well, I have an eight second rule. A buyer will make a decision about your home within the first eight seconds of walking through the door. Stand in the doorway and walk. What rooms do you see? Any area the buyers will see within those eight seconds are going to be the most critical areas that we want to focus on when prepping to sell.
Clean, Clean, Clean
Clean your house like you’ve never cleaned before. When a house is clean and tidy, it makes potential buyers feel more comfortable. A visibly dirty house cheapens the perceived value of the home. Be careful with scent, though. It shouldn’t be heavily scented —just clean.
Depersonalize … But Not Too Much
Recognize that you may need to do some depersonalization, but do NOT go pulling every family photo off the walls just yet! It’s a myth that every personal picture has to go. Sometimes these photos warm up a space and make it feel more family-friendly. Other times like in a master bedroom, personal photos make it feel like buyers are invading your personal space. We want buyers to be able to see themselves living in your rooms!
Be Conservative with Paint
Sometimes, walls will need paint touch up, but other times, touching up does more harm than good !If you painted those walls five years ago, you can’t just open the old can of paint and expect it to blend well.Wait for instructions from your real estate agent as to what really needs to be painted and what you can just touch up with a Magic Eraser.
Put Your Pet’s Stuff Away
I get it —many families love pets!Buyers do not want to see evidence of the family pet all over the house. Put food and water dishes away and hide the toys and bed for photos and showings. The most important thing is that we should not be able to smell a pet! A smelly house is a major deal breaker for most buyers, and it will cost you money on your sales price.
Plungers &Toilet Brushes are not Decor
PUT YOUR PLUNGERS AND TOILET BRUSHES AWAY! They should be in the deepest, darkest black hole of the house where no one will ever see! It drives me crazy when I see a photo of a beautiful bathroom and there’s a plunger sitting next to the toilet. Gross!
Hire the Right Agent
Rule #1 is don’t go it alone. Please don’t hire an agent just because you root for the same football team. Choose someone who is experienced and who will be honest with you, through the good, bad and ugly! Hire an advocate who is willing to give you as much time and attention as you need throughout the process. Finally, look up the agent’s online presence and read reviews from their past clients!
Ready to sell? Contact Realtor Amanda DeLong, Coldwell Banker Heritage.
Call today 937.266.2740!