If you’re thinking of selling your home, there are several things you can do to accelerate the process.
Become the Buyer
Put yourself in their shoes and look at your home as though you’re seeing it for the first time. Take a slow tour outside and inside your home with a realtor, family member or friend. Look at it subjectively and ask yourself what stands out. What would make you want to buy it?
Upgrade the kitchen
If you want to sell your home faster, consider upgrading the kitchen because it’s the most important room in the house. Most families spend a lot of time there. With the advent of upscale and restaurant-quality appliances, buyers are expecting functional, updated kitchens. Put your money into the appliances, and by making subtle changes, like adding new handles to the cabinets, you can create a fresh new look. If you can’t afford to redo the entire kitchen, replace the countertop. It’ll give your kitchen a more modern look. You should also remove half of the small appliances on the counter. The less items on the counter, the larger it looks.
Upgrade the master bedroom
The master bedroom should also be considered when remodeling. Buyers want luxurious master bedroom suites.
Remodel the basement
Finished basements will also increase resale value. The culture and lifestyle here is different than most parts of the country. The basement is not just a place to keep Christmas decorations. There is a community of people who enjoy finished basements and do a large part of their living and entertaining there.
Recarpet and repaint
Recarpeting and repainting rooms should not be neglected. Ugly carpeting never sells. Don’t even think of offering a credit towards the purchase of new carpeting. You lose the impact a new carpet provides when someone sees your home. Install a carpet of neutral color, such as beige or a taupe. Also, consider painting your walls white or off-white. You want a color that goes with everything. Stay away from bold colors.
Eliminate all pet and cooking odors
To remove pet odor, purchase a carpet neutralizer, have your pet professionally groomed and hide any traces of your pet. You don’t want your home to be a constant reminder to a buyer that a pet lived there. Of course, if they ask you, don’t be dishonest. Cooking odors are also offensive to some buyers. Some families use spices more so than others. Hide those odors. Use a plug-in air refreshers, burn candles or potpourri.
De-clutter your home
Take away half of what is on your mantle and coffee table. The less knick knacks you have, the larger your home will appear. Remove at least ¾ of family pictures. It’s important to make your home look generic. The buyer has to be able to see themselves in your home. De-personalize the home.
Clean light fixtures
Turn all lights on during the showing and make sure the fixtures are dirt-free.
Don’t be there during the showing
Buyers don’t feel comfortable when the sellers are around. They’ll feel like they’re invading your property.
Bring people in through the front door
Make sure that the front door is clean or freshly painted. It gives a good first impression.
Clean the outside
This is especially true this time of year after the snow melts. Pick up any litter, pet droppings, and any old newspapers that had been buried underneath the snow.