10 TIPS TO SELL YOUR HOME….FAST!

07.04.2016

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10 TIPS TO SELL YOUR HOME…. FAST!

1. The Price is Right

Figure out the worth of your house. However, rather than listing your house at that price, decrease the list price by 15%. This will results in a number of bids that’ll match, if not be even higher than the house is worth. 

2. Clean out the closets

Every buyer loves storage. Seriously, they can’t get enough of it. Take the time to organize and empty out jam packed, cluttered, closets. Trust us, buyers will be snooping in them.

3. Lights

The most important thing to buyers, after location, is good lighting. Clean your windows, change the lampshades, increase the wattage of your light bulbs, and take down heavy drapes.

4. Get help from the best

What will stop your house from selling? A bad agent. Make sure you have an agent who is informed and knowledgeable. They must know what properties are going on the market and know the comps in your neighbourhoodPlus, we live in a digital age. Find an agent who takes advantage of technology; a tech-savvy agent will have more tools and tricks to help sell your house. 

5. Call the pet sitter

Believe it or not, not everyone loves dogs and cats as much as you do. Buyers do not want to walk around dog toys, smell the litter box in the laundry room, or leave with fur all over their pants. If you are planning an open house, or any showings, send your pets to the groomer, to the dog walker, or to a sitter. 

6. Don’t over do it

While quick updates and fixes will help your house sell, you most likely wont make a huge profit off of a massive improvement project right before selling. Spend your time and money on updates that will get you top dollar: fresh coats of paint, new curtains, new door handles, cabinet hardware, fix leaks and clean grout. 

7. Make your house a house, not a home

Depersonalize your house. Family photos, your kid’s crafts, heirlooms, make it harder for buyers to picture themselves in your house. Consider hiring a home stager to maximize the potential of your home. Staging means reworking your furniture to best showcase the floor plan and the amount of space.

8. The kitchen comes first

You should almost have the mind set that you’re selling your kitchen rather than your house. Endless benefits come with remodeling your kitchen. It could take only couple thousand dollars to replace countertopsbut, a buyer could take off $10,000 off your asking price if your kitchen looks dated. The quickestcheapest kitchen updates include fresh paint and new cabinet hardware. Remember neutral colour paint give buyers a blank canvas to envisioning their own style. If you’re willing to spend a bit more, buy one new stainless steel appliance. ‘One?’ you ask. Well, when people see one high-end appliance, they think all the rest are expensive too, so it updates the kitchen.

9. Always be open house ready

Have your house “show-ready” All. The. Time. Be available whenever a buyer wants to see your home. Always have your house clean and in tip top shape. Do not leave dishes in the sink; keep the dishwasher empty, the bathrooms sparkling. Yes it’s inconvenient, but definitely worth it.  

10. Make a lasting first impression 

Regardless of what the inside looks like, buyers have already judged your house before they walk through the door. You only have one chance to make a first impression; so do not screw it up. Make sure people feel welcomed, safe, and comfortable when they approach your house or condo. Spruce up the lawn, reduce any building smells, and even add a bench to your foyer so buyers can comfortably take off their shoes and coats. 

All the little details can make a BIG difference when selling your home!

If you are considering listing and would like more info contact us here:

Charles Filer

604.441.7149

charles@livekitsilano.com 

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