Home Selling Tips (for EVERY home)

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

So ladies...Since we are in the prime time for real estate right now, I thought I would share some of my tips for selling a home in any market out there. These are mostly affordable tips & tricks to make your home appeal to buyers out there and to maximize your dollar :)

De-clutter ALL of your surfaces...
Do not leave your bathroom vanities like this...
Instead, aim for something like this...

Do not leave your kitchen like this...
Instead, go for this...

Paint your trim... casings, baseboards, etc.
It is amazing what a difference this makes. It will brighten up your space and just look new & fresh. At the very least, clean your trimwork thoroughly.


Lose the mini blinds...
These do not cut it. Either replace them with custom blinds, or just lose them all together & hang a sheer, lightweight curtain.


Update your hardware & fixtures..
Cabinet door hardware, door knobs & hinges, light fixtures.... these make a big difference. They can age your home....

Or totally help your case...
Don't want to shell out the dough to replace everything? Check craigslist or amazon for deals. You can also even paint your existing fixtures - Rustoleum sells an oil rubbed bronze spray paint.
Remove oversized/extra furniture & stuff..
Too much furniture in a room can make it appear much smaller. Potential buyers want to visualize how thier own furniture will fit the space, they can't do this if the room is overflowing. Buyers also want to imagine growing into a home, if your closets & cabinets are overflowing, this will not help your situation. You want to showcase all of your storage areas by keeping them only half full.
Don't...

Do...

Spruce up your outdoor spaces...
If you have patio furniture, put it out! Go the extra mile with cushions & throw pillows. Front porch? Hang a seasonal wreath on the door, get a solid color door mat & a few potted plants. Freshen up the paint or stain on your front door.



The little things really do make a difference. You think people can look past some of these minor issues, but they make a big difference in how buyers perceive your home.

More to consider...
- clean off your refrigerator. No calendars, pictures, etc.
- when in doubt, go neutral with paint colors
- keep bushes, lawn trimmed & neat
- address any smells... smoke, pets, etc.


Anyone out there looking for a house? What turns you off?

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13 Responses to “Home Selling Tips (for EVERY home)”

Lindsay K {lastyearoftwentysomething} said...

Great tips for sellers! I got my real estate license a few years ago and did sales for about a year and I remeber showing homes that were so cluttered...it was such a turn off to my buyers. I really love that home staging has become so important in the market place today. Great post!

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Great tips!

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dreaming en francais said...

These are all such great tips.. it's funny how much of a difference the little things really make! xo

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LauraCaffeine said...

When the husband and I were looking at houses, I couldn't believe how little people did to fix them up before putting them on the market. The reason we got our house so cheap was because it showed like crap, to be honest. We knew it had good bones, that's the only reason we went after it! (oh, and the low price tag and the fact that the seller did $10K worth of basement work for us)

thecoffeehouse said...

goodness you are smart.
I agree ... clutter is the very worst (in my opinion). being able to imagine your own stuff in the home is absolutely key. oh this makes me want to go house shopping again!

Megs said...

I love these tips! They're not just great for selling a home, but for also living in one as well :) after all, shouldn't we thoroughly enjoy our homes while we live in them, as opposed to prettying them up while trying to sell 'em? Lovely post! xo, Megs

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Samantha George-Realtor said...

Thanks for all of the feedback ladies!!

And Megs - you are totally right! We should always enjoy our homes & part of enjoying your home is taking care of it & keeping it clean and beautiful :)

Amy Shaughnessy said...

Great tips! We sold our house exactly a year ago and did most of these. We didn't paint the baseboards though...We had two cats at the time and I think they might have been part of why our house didn't sell as quickly. We tried to keep everything tidy but once you leave the house, who knows what two crazy cats do! Our house eventually sold (after we gave my cats to my brother).

Amy

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LaraBeTheOne said...

I love your ideas and i totally agree :)

Maggie said...

I am not selling a home, but I love this post. these are all really helpful tips! Thanks for sharing!

your newest follower,
Mags

Darius said...

Making your house look pleasant would certainly make it a buyer’s target. After all, the eyes are the first to judge the quality and condition of a house. Buyers would always have an idea of what they want and how much they are willing to pay. But by making your home an instant showroom, you might be able to swing perceptions and convince them to pay more than what they initially planned. This will also show how responsible you are as a homeowner. This is a good way to market a house. Clean and well-maintained!

Darius Degross

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This is a really very informative article for me because i have realize best home selling tips from here. I want to sell my home with getting a good amount of profit so hope that i will make right home selling deal with following your tips.

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Brianlinnekens said...

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