We know how important it is to home sellers to get their house on and off the market as fast as possible. If you’re looking to sell, and wondering if there are any “tricks of the trade” to know, here are five of the best-kept secrets to selling a home.
Price to Sell
A good real estate agent will help you decide on the price of your home, by comparing it to the other homes in your area. The key is to be sure to price a home competitively. If you are in a hurry to sell, one of the best strategies is to price your home below market value — deducting up to 15% from the cost. The goal is to create a bidding war from interested home buyers, which should aid in bidding up the price — beyond what it was originally worth.
The First Impression
When it comes to first impressions, buyers often can and will “judge a book by its cover” when it comes to a home. There is only one chance to make a first impression, which is why it is so important to spruce up the exterior of a home. Little touches go a long way! A few suggestions: add flowers, clean the doors and windows, power was the exterior and sidewalk to draw interested buyers in.
Illuminate Your Home
Lighting is crucial to drawing in a buyer. This may seem like a rather basic idea, but buyers look at lighting almost as closely as they look at location. Good lighting is essential, and it’s also an easy problem to fix! Increase the wattage in the bulbs in your home, remove drapes and polish windows, or trim back any high bushes to allow more sunshine in.
We’ve said it a number of times before, but quick fixes are affordable, easy ways to upgrade any home. Whether you’re replacing old or aging hardware or adding a fresh coat of paint, these savvy fixes will increase any home’s sell-ability without draining a wallet. A few ways to consider: attend leaky faucets, clean grout and base boards, put closet doors back on track, upgrade blinds or curtains.
It’s hard to no when a potential buyer will pass by, so be sure your house is always “show-ready.” We know how hard it is to juggle work, kids, and a home, but buyers are turned off by a house with a too-full trash can, laundry sitting on the sofa, or dishes piled high in the sink. Be prepared. Keep your home clean and staged, and available for viewing. It can feel like an inconvenience (or even a hassle) but being “show-ready” means being far less likely to miss a great opportunity!
Are you looking to sell your Nashville home? We’d love to help! Give us a call at DeSelms Real Estate 615.550.5565 or drop us a line for more selling tips.