When listing your home for sale, your top goals should be to get your house sold quickly and for top dollar.
Follow these 5 tips to get you started on the right path to getting your home sold!
Clean & Unclutter
The most important thing you can do to prepare your home for sale is to get rid of clutter. A clean and decluttered home allows for buyers to not be distracted by messes and instead focus on the parts of your house that they love. Depersonalizing your home has many great benefits, the top one being that it allows potential buyers to picture themselves living in the home.
Tip: Put any furniture/decorations that don’t serve a purpose in storage.
Rooms With Purpose
Giving rooms their own identities will help buyers picture themselves enjoying that room’s functionality. Remember, Don’t overcrowd a room with furniture that is too large for the space; it will only make the room appear small and cramped. If you have a room that serves only to gather junk, repurpose it into something that will add to the value of your home.
Let The Light In
Bright rooms feel warm and inviting. Consider getting rid of any drapes or curtains on your windows that prevent sunlight from reaching the rooms of your home.
For more tips on how to add more light to a room read this -> Tips To Increase Your Homes Natural Light
Stage Your Kitchen To Sell
Store away any non-essential appliances and clean all surfaces.
A successfully staged kitchen looks, feels and smells clean and fresh. Don’t neglect the inside of your cupboards and drawers. If they’re full of stuff you’re sending a message to potential buyers that you don’t have enough storage space.
Fix The Small Stuff
Fix and finish all of your homes small or much-needed improvements. Even small fixes like damaged door handles can devalue your home in the eyes of potential buyers. Enhance your home’s appearance and boost its value.
Small and easy fixes that increase value perception:
→ Fix any squeaks on house or closet doors
→ Replace your light bulb with new ones
→ Make sure all of your light switches work
→ Replace outdated drawer, closet, door knobs
→ Add new light switch plates
→ Upgrade your bathrooms shower nozzles
→ Update all your bathroom fixtures
→ Add a new coat of paint to the interior of your home
Are you close to retirement but not ready to move yet? Are you living in a home that is too big in size and maintenance needs? When you retire would you like to stay in your home or does downsizing and vacation destinations sound like a better option?
The answer for many empty nesters and retirees lies directly in their home equity.
According to the newest Equity Report from CoreLogic, the average homeowner in the United States has seen an estimated $14,000 gain in their home equity in just the last year alone. On the West Coast, where the Real Estate Market is thriving due to the tech industry, homeowners have gained twice that amount, some even more than that!
If you’re unaware or unsure of how much equity your home has earned in recent years, please feel free to take my Free Home Estimate.
In this Seller’s Market, homeowners have the advantage. Especially in Seattle, where supply has yet to catch up to the demand, Homeowners can quickly sell their current house and use the profits from that sale to downsize, relocate, or even enjoy vacations that were once financially impossible.
The sale of your home can allow you to take full advantage of today’s seller’s market, enable you to cash in on the equity your home has built throughout the years, and live a lifestyle relieved of the everyday tasks that come with homeownership.
Use mirrors. Mirrors reflect light, so the more mirrors you have in a room, the more light will bounce from wall to wall! Hang your mirrors opposite of windows or glass doors to maximize the natural light in your room. Tip: Buy furniture with glass panels or mirrored accents.
Paint with light colors. Light colors reflect sunlight better than dark ones, so a wall painted in cool tones (like gray, cream or eggshell blue) will boost the natural light in the room.
Move furniture. Unless you have some clear plastic theme going on, your furniture is blocking natural light! Move furniture at least a few feet away from any windows or glass doors so you can let the light shine into your home’s rooms.
Ditch the heavy fabric curtains. It’s important to have drapes and curtains to maintain your privacy and block out unwanted sunlight, however, stay away from heavier fabrics like velvet or brocade (which will cause the room feel darker and smaller) and instead opt for lighter materials such as linen or cotton!
Change the door. If you have a solid, exterior door in your dark room, replace it with a door that has a window. If you’re worried about burglary, you can find glass doors at your local hardware store that have high-security glass.
Choose the right shades. Some shades, like Roman shades, block sunlight even when they’re open! Unless you’re trying to keep glare off of a TV, this isn’t an excellent choice for darker rooms. Instead, opt for blinds that let you better control the amount of light that comes in.