Quick Tips to Get Your Home Sold – Without Renovating!
More people are watching home improvement television these days, and because of that they often think they need to do a wholesale remodel in order to sell their homes. That thought can be immobilizing and cause homeowners to hesitate listing their home for sale because the tasks seem overwhelming so they do nothing.
Selling your home can be an emotional experience as well, so concentrate on what you can do to keep your eyes on the prize. Here are some low or no-cost things homeowners can do to help sell their home quickly and for top dollar.
Clean off your porch and approach to the home. If items have accumulated there that are not inviting, relocate them. Make it look like a great place to have a cold beverage or cup of coffee. Sweep off any dirt and especially clear out plants that are past their prime.
Make sure all your light bulbs are working, and that they match in each fixture if not throughout the home. You can ruin a great photo of your foyer if you have two incandescent bulbs and six CFL bulbs in the chandelier and they all cast off a different shade of light. Also, consider using “curly” CFL bulbs only in shaded fixtures where the bulb is not exposed and use other energy efficient bulbs that are smooth in those that are exposed.
Turn on all lights in the home including the ones you don’t regularly use for every showing. Think about the extra lights in the foyer that may only serve a decorative function on most days. Don’t forget the bedside lamps in bedrooms you do not frequent. In the bathrooms, make sure you turn on the overhead lights, the sconces and the one you never use above the shower.
Leave only three items on your counters and stash everything else. It can seem like a tremendous sacrifice and when I ask sellers to consider it, they often have a minor freak out. Your slight inconvenience in having to move appliances to a bedroom closet a couple of times a week is worth it if it gets people to see your great counter space. It makes a much better photo, and you don’t have to live like that forever, just until that contract comes in and the showings end. You might be surprised how little you notice the difference!
I often recommend having a plastic laundry basket ready at hand for last minute showings. Grab it and stash daily clutter and pet toys on a quick walk through – the handles make it easy to stick it in the back seat as you leave so you don’t have to find a home for each item immediately. Take every showing you can possibly take and only decline if it is absolutely necessary. It may be inconvenient, but remember buyers are likely seeing several homes on any given day and they are your competition. And don’t forget, as soon as you get that contract ratified you can stop making your bed every day!