Have you thought about selling your home recently? Have you outgrown your home and you are finally ready to upsize your living space? Or have the kids moved out, and you now feel that your home is too big for your current needs? Whatever your situation is you definitely want to read this blog because today I’m going to share 5 tips to get your home show ready to get top dollar when you decide to sell your home.
No matter what the status of the real estate market is whether it be a buyers market, sellers market or even a balanced market the buyer is judging your home the minute they walk through the door and often times even before they walk through the door. In any given market sellers still need to make their home shine if they expect to get top dollar when they go to sell their home. Just remember The first Impression is the only impression if you want top dollar when you decide to sell your home then you need to make a good first impression on the buyers. Think of the model homes you see at new home subdivision. Yes that is what you need to make your home look like when you decide you want to sell your home. Here are 5 tips to get your home show ready to get top dollar when you sell your home.
Tip #1 Declutter
Take half the stuff out of your closets then neatly organize what’s left in there. Buyers will snoop, so be sure to keep closets and cabinets clean. Remove all the extras from the kitchen and bathroom countertop that are nice to have out on a daily basis, but stuff buyers don’t want to see.
Tip #2 Keep Your Home Clean
On top of making an effort to declutter your home and make it feel inviting, its also important to keep the house neat and clean while it is listed. Make sure you put away toys, laundry, dishes, windex the mirrors and wipe down the counters. Also remember not every buyer is a pet lover. So if you have pets then make sure to put away the bowl full of dog food or the smelly kitty litter box and vacuum up the pet hair. No buyer wants to be covered in fur when they leave your home.
Tip #3 Always Be Show Ready
Buyers are less likely to make an offer on your home if they aren’t able to easily schedule a time to see it. If your home is available to be seen at anytime, that opens up opportunities for multiple buyers to go from curious to eager. I know it’s not always convenient, but if you want to sell your home then you need to make it accessible for when buyers want to see it.
Tip #4 Price It Right
Even in a sellers market it is critical to set your home at the right price to maximize selling potential. Pricing your home too high just because you think your home is worth more than it is, is not always the best strategy. In fact this strategy tends to hurt you as a seller. The only homes that sit on the market in a sellers market are the ones that are over priced or under improved. In a lot of instances sellers are purposely pricing their homes slightly lower than asking to acquire more buyer competition which typically results in multiple offers over the asking price.
Tip #5 Take The Home out of Your House
One of the most important things to do when selling your home is to de-personalize it. The more personal stuff the less potential buyers can imagine living there. It’s time to put away the family photo wall, memorabilia collection and personal keepsakes. Also it’s time to stage the rooms in your home for their intended purpose. If you’ve been using your dining room as a play room then its time to pick up the kids toys and put a dining room table back in that space. Or maybe you’ve been working from home and your kitchen table has turned into your office. It’s time to remove the computer, printer and work clutter and make it look like a kitchen table.
Now that you know my 5 Tips to get your home show ready to get top dollar, you may also be interested in finding out my top 3 improvements you should do to your home before putting it on the market. If you have any other questions regarding the buying and selling process in the Phoenix market please reach out. I am a seasoned agent with 15+ years experience and I am here to help you with one of the biggest financial decisions you will make.