One great way to help sell your home is to do some home improvements before placing your home on the open market. When you make renovations to your house, you will not only increase the value of the home and your potential asking price, you will make your house that much more appealing to potential buyers. People looking for homes would rather buy a new house that is ready to go instead of having to do their own renovations to meet their own personal standards. Replacing the carpets or fixing up the kitchen with new cabinets or appliances this will go a long way in the eyes of potential buyers.
Paint: You can hire someone to paint your home or you can attempt this on your own. For the outside you may want to hire someone to reach those difficult spots because it can be dangerous, especially if you live in a two story home. But for the most part this should not be too expensive and will make your home look brand new!
Remove clutter: This is probably the first thing you will need to do. Remove all unneeded items off of your shelves and in the cabinets. If you have no place to put a lot of your stuff, you can store it, give it away, or dispose of it if it is just a bunch of junk anyways. Keep your shelves, cabinets, and closets very clean to make the home look as big as possible.
De-personalize your home: This may include taking pictures down any other items that are unneeded. Potential buyer would like to picture themselves in your home and not you. This will help remove clutter as well.
Take great pictures: Because your property will more than likely be listed somewhere on the internet it is crucial that the photos taken are of great quality. If you have a friend that is into photography or maybe is a photographer themselves, ask them to take some pictures for you. Make sure your home is is excellent condition and also take the pictures at the time of day when lighting is superb.
But the most important thing when trying to sell your home is the way that you market your house is for sale. If all you did was place a sign in your front yard and take out an ad in the newspaper, the amount of people that will see your home will be quite limited. You need to exhaust all resources available to ensure your property gets as much attention as possible.
With today’s technology there are many other ways that you can market your home so that it will sell as quickly as possible. Placing ads with online classified sites such as Craigslist and Kajiji are great ways to market your home. Just about everyone uses the internet these days so this is a logical place for you to take your marketing efforts. Often times people who are looking to relocate from out of state will turn to the internet in their search efforts since they do not have access to the local papers.
Another place online you can think about listing your house is on an online auction site such as Ebay. While this might not be a conventional way to sell your house it, could prove to be rather effective. You never know who is looking to buy a home so you want to have your listing in front of as many eyes as possible.
My name is Maurice “Moe” Bedard. I am the founder of America’s #1 Mortgage Forum, LoanSafe.org. My online work has been featured in the New York Times, LA Times, Fox Business, and many other media publications.