When selling your home, of course you want to get the best possible sales price. But how do you make sure that happens? Keep reading to learn the top tips for getting the highest price in today's market.
Light and Bright
Make sure your house is as light and bright as possible. Open the curtains and clean the windows. Replace light bulbs with a higher wattage if necessary, and be sure that all lights function. Remove dark colored furniture, rugs, and accessories if possible. Making a home light and bright not only makes a person happier, it also adds to the clean feeling of a home and makes every room feel spacious.
While you may adore your rooster kitchen or beach themed bathroom, these personalized touches make it hard for buyers to see themselves in the home. Before listing, remove all personalized items, so the home is a clean slate that a buyer can project their own style onto. Pack up all personalized items, from your family photo collection to your rooster placemats and antique doll collection. The more neutral your home, the more buyers it will appeal to, which leads to more offers.
You love your furballs, but having pets or evidence of pets in a home gives buyers a feeling that your home is unclean. There is also the worry of your pet's behavior; while you may know Lucky wouldn't bother anyone, potential buyers can be weary. If possible, board your pets when your home is being shown. If you cannot remove them, make sure they are contained and that the showing agent is aware of their presence. Remove all pet items, such as bowls, litter boxes, and toys.
When buying a home, storage space is essential. You want to give the impression that your home has sufficient storage space. Make sure countertops are clear of clutter, both in the bathroom and kitchen. If your countertops are full of items, it gives the impression that the room lacks storage space. If your closets are overflowing, people believe their items will not fit in the storage spaces. Pack up items in your closets so that the closets are utilized but have remaining storage space. This will make the storage solutions appear ample with room to spare.
When selling a home, many people are overwhelmed by the idea of upgrading their home to get the best response from buyers. There are several low-cost upgrades that can be done without breaking the bank. Fresh paint in a neutral color is a must. It gives the home a fresh, clean, new appearance. You can also replace cabinet and drawer pulls, replace blinds, repair leaky faucets, and update doorknobs and light fixtures. These are all low cost upgrades that will make a big impression with potential buyers, and you will definitely see a return on your investment.
Sell the kitchen
The kitchen is the heart of any home. If the kitchen and appliances are out of date, this will turn away many buyers. Invest most of your budget into new appliances, flooring, cabinets, countertops, whatever your kitchen needs to shine the brightest. This is the area you will see the greatest return on your investment, so be sure to sell the kitchen. When reviewing your options, you do not want to over-upgrade. Make sure you stick to finishes and amenities that are on par with other homes in your price range and area.
The outside of your home is the first impression to buyers. Make sure it is a great one that beckons people inside. Clean the exterior, and paint if necessary. Replace the mailbox, or add new address numbers for a fresh look. Plant shrubs and flowers that welcome. Fertilize your lawn, and pressure wash your driveway. These are all simple ways to give your home curb appeal that will make it stand out in the minds of buyers.
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Sometimes, closing a real estate purchase can seem to take forever. It feels like a lot of hurry up and wait, to hurry up and wait. You may think you're prepared, but typically there are things you haven't though of yet. Below are a few tips to be better prepared for closing, and therefore get into your new home sooner.
Whether it's your first purchase or your twentieth, you will have questions. That's what I'm here for! Ask questions as soon as they come to mind, because in this real estate market, homes sell quickly. If possible, have a list of questions on hand when viewing properties, so you know as soon as possible if the home is or isn't the right one for you. Delaying in making decisions could mean that you lose a home, and no one wants that to happen. Being prepared with the questions you need answered could be the deciding factor for you that gets your offer in quickly.
Time on the Market
If you're in a hurry to buy, let me know. Viewing listings that have been on the market for longer than others may help speed up the process. These sellers are often more motivated as they possibly have already purchased a new home and are floating two mortgages, or they have relocated for a new job.
You already know you need to be pre-qualified before beginning your home search. However, to move things along quicker you can opt to go one step further and get pre-approved. I know, it doesn't sound like there's a difference, but receiving a pre-approval will knock out several underwriting concerns in the beginning, making the actual approval go quicker and smoother than just having a pre-qualification, which does not really dive into your information.
Have a Firm Wish List--But Not Too Firm
One way to find the home you're looking for quickly is to weed out those that do not meet your needs. Have a list of must haves and only view homes that meet your criteria. However, you do need to make sure that your wish-list is attainable in the area and price range you're searching, otherwise we will probably come up empty handed. Also, you must be willing to re-evaluate your list, as you most likely will have to. If your list does not produce a solid home, let's talk about what you could possible alter to get better results in our search. Maybe expand to other areas, maybe you have the ability to alter your price range, maybe you can bend a bit on the size of the lot. Removing or altering one point on your list could make a huge difference in the potential properties.
Have Your Documentation Ready
Underwriting requires lots of documentation. Proof of income, bank statements, explanations of any unaccounted for funds, W-2s or 1099s, a list of your debts and assets, anything you can possibly come up with. Having these documents readily available will save time later. Gather more than you think you could possibly need just to be ready. With this information handy, you can quickly provide the underwriters with what they need, eliminating down time.
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I am a local REALTOR in Villa Rica, Georgia. I have 5 children, a wonderful husband, and three dogs. Yes, we certainly have a houseful. I love Real Estate, I love the clients I work with, the people I meet, and most of all matching clients with their perfect home.