When you sell your home,you want to receive the highest possible return on your investment. Here are some tips that will help you attract an offer and improve your negotiating position.
First, place yourself in the position of the person viewing your home.Your presence during a showing can inhibita prospective buyer’s perception of the home. You wouldn't want to be viewing a home with the owners hovering over your shoulder talking about how they picked out the carpet, fixed a light, or how their daughter just loves to climb the tree out back.Potential buyers need to be able to focus on the tangible benefits ofthe home rather than the seller’s sentimental value.
Second, imagine viewing your home as a stranger.Is it neat and tidy?Does it have a pleasant smell?Is it open and inviting? Is it brightly lit? Are there obvious small repairs that could be done? Is the yard well maintained? Are the garage, basement and attic clean and organized? A perception of uncleanness and foul odors are an immediate turnoff to viewers of your home. Overall, if you give your home a thorough cleaning, a fresh coat of paint and complete any lawn care including planting bright and colorful flowers. You will make a good impression. You want your home to be perceived as move in condition.
Shampoo any carpets and wax hardwood floors. Choose neutral colors with paint. Cut and edge your lawn and trim any hedges. It's also time to clear out your storage areas of unnecessary clutter. Home viewers are going to see every detail of your home so there are no hiding places for clutter such as the (closet, basement, and attic). Lastly, moving your car out of the garage will give it a larger appearance.
Lighting is important. You should consider purchasing a few inexpensive halogen lights for darker areas of your house. Remember a home should look clean, bright and uncluttered. Although it may be a lot of work, these things will help tremendously in the sale of your home.
Do not do quick, cheap repairs. You may raise questions that will unfairly cause greater concern to buyers and inspectors.
To eliminate any undue risk, whether or not your home has a lockbox, you are requested to keep all valuables out of sight and put away.