Top 10 Home Selling Secrets

Debbie Warford
Debbie Warford
Published on December 12, 2019

These Home Selling Secrets will provide More Showings, More Offers and more Money to You the Home Seller.

Home Selling Secret #10:  Pricing the home to get Numerous Showings. let’s do some math, the homes in your subdivision with your home upgrades, square footage and year built are selling for 400,000. To get more showings than the neighbor down the street or in the next subdivision, we have to have more upgrades or more square footage or a pool or a golf course view or a fantastic outdoor living area, or a LOWER PRICE. We have to find something that we can market as the latest and greatest. If we don’t the only way to get more showings than the neighbor is to have a lower price.

Home Selling Secret #9: Half-empty closets
Storage is something every buyer is looking for and can never have enough of. Take half the stuff out of your closets then neatly organize what’s left in there. Buyers will snoop, so be sure to keep all your closets and cabinets clean and tidy.

Home Selling Secret #8: Light it up
Maximize the light in your home. Add Recessed Lighting or Larger Fixtures in rooms that seem dark. After location, good light is the one thing that every buyer cites that they want in a home. Takedown the drapes, clean the windows, change the lampshades, increase the wattage of your light bulbs and cut the bushes outside to let in sunshine. Do what you have to do to make your house bright and cheery – it will make it more sellable.

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Home Selling Secret #7:  I am an Expert
What the heck are you doing hiring an agent just because they are located in an expensive office that their boss owns? A rookie agent is a net sales killer. These folks have to give too much of their commission to their bosses to pay the Franchise fees. They have expensive resources because they have never owned a Rental home in their life. I know this is harsh, but you should see the lousy pictures and property descriptions that are posted on the MLS and then syndicated to all the Real Estate sites. They are dark and just plain make your home look ugly. I hire a Professional Photographer for every listing.

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Home Selling Secret #6: Conceal the critters
you might think a cuddly dog would warm the hearts of potential buyers, but you’d be wrong. Not everybody is a dog- or a cat-lover. Buyers don’t want to walk in your home and see a bowl full of dog food, smell the kitty litter box or have tufts of pet hair stuck to their clothes. It will give buyers the impression that your house is not clean. Make plans for the dog to stay with a relative or friend during the home selling period or take to a pet hotel for the day.

Home Selling Secret #5: Don’t over-upgrade
Quick fixes before selling always pay off. Mammoth makeovers, not so much. You probably won’t get your money back if you do a huge improvement project before you put your house on the market. Instead, do updates that will pay off and get you top dollar. Get a new fresh coat of paint on the walls. Clean the windows, Replace door handles, cabinet hardware, make sure closet doors are on track, fix leaky faucets and clean the grout.

Home Selling Secret #4: Take the home out of your house
One of the most important things to do when selling your house is to de-personalize it. The more personal stuff in your house, the less potential buyers can imagine themselves living there. Get rid of a third of your stuff – put it in storage. This includes family photos, memorabilia collections, and personal keepsakes. I will give you some ideas on what I believe will help make your home look the best it can for the least amount of money. I am trying to help you do everything possible to make your home show the very best to get Lots of Showings and  LOTS of OFFERS.

Home Selling Secret #3: The kitchen comes first
you are not actually selling your house, you’re selling your kitchen – that is how important it is. The benefits of remodeling your kitchen are endless, and the best part of it is that data shows us you’ll get 85% of your money back. The fastest, most inexpensive kitchen updates include painting and new countertops.  Use a neutral-color paint. Replace heavily used appliances to give the best impression that your home is updated and well cared for.

Home Selling Secret #2: Always be ready to show
the home needs to be “show-ready” at all times – you never know when your buyer is going to walk through the door. You have to be available whenever they want to come to see the place and it has to be in tip-top shape. Don’t leave dishes in the sink, keep the dishwasher cleaned out, the bathrooms sparkling and make sure there are no dust bunnies in the corners. It’s a little inconvenient, but it will get your home sold for Top Dollar.

Home Selling Secret #1: The first impression is the only impression
No matter how good the interior of your home looks, buyers have already judged your home before they walk through the door. You never have a second chance to make a first impression. It’s important to make people feel warm, welcome and safe as they approach the house. Spruce up your home’s exterior with inexpensive shrubs and brightly colored flowers. You can typically get a 100-percent return on the money you put into your home’s curb appeal. Entryways are also important. You use it as a utility space for your coat and keys. But, when you’re selling, make it welcoming by providing as much light as possible, a vase of fresh-cut flowers or even some cookies.

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