Dalena Properties
Oct 21 2016

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Tips That Will Get Your Home Sold Faster!
Make your home more appealing to buyers with a great curb appeal!

When selling your home, first impressions can make the difference between a prospective buyer wanting to view the interior of your home, or just driving past without even stopping - all because the outside of your home appears untidy, unkempt and unappealing.

Here are 5 tips, which you should deal with before putting your home on the market.

1. First Impressions From the Driveway

Any real estate agent worth their salt will tell you that selling a home is never as simple as splashing on a clean coat of paint and erecting up 'for sale' sign on the front lawn. In today's competitive market, your prospective buyer has a wide selection of property to choose from. You therefore need to consider if your home is appealing enough to make a prospective buyer want to view it.

You actually need to walk into the street and take a good look at your property from an outsider's point of view, or even get a second opinion. One of the things that is off-putting to many buyers is an unkempt garden, so it is imperative to keep the lawn cut and trimmed at all times. Rake up the leaves, keep flowerbeds neat and keep the driveway neat and tidy!

It may seem like a small thing, but even something like the garden hose lying across the lawn, can be off-putting to buyers. If you have a pool, you need to make sure it is crystal clear and that the pool area as inviting as it possibly can. If your pool water is green or slimy, you should expect your home to sit on the market for much longer! Nobody wants the additional expense of getting a pool into working order, after just having purchased a home.

2. Exterior DIY Jobs on the Home

Prospective home buyers are not interested in buying a home that requires a lot of work or maintenance, so unless you're willing to accept a much lower offer than your initial asking price, you should never neglect maintaining your property exterior, especially if they are generally small, fix-up jobs.

If your home's outside walls are dirty, moldy or the paint is starting to peel, a fresh coat of paint can do wonders and will be more appealing to prospective home buyers.

Additionally, you need to check the exterior window frames and gutters of your home. Are they in working order? Could the window frames possibly need a touch of paint or varnish?

Finally, you need to ensure that the wiring is safe and that the plumbing is adequate and there are no leaks.

3. De-Clutter and De-Personalize the Interior

You also need to work on the interior of your home, before you put it on the market. One of the first things you need to take care of is to de-personalize and de-clutter your home, as much as possible. Buyers need to vision your home as their own - not yours. Therefore, you should remove all personal items before hand, such as photos, artwork and gadgets.

In the kitchen area, you need ensure that the counter-tops are neat, clean and uncluttered. Pack away everything, including dishes and crockery, leaving only the bare necessities.

Prospective buyers may also want to check closet and packing space, so its best you take care of this beforehand, by ensuring your bedrooms are clean, tidy and de-cluttered. You need to ensure your closets are not cluttered - shoes and clothing should be packed neatly.

The bathroom needs to be as clean and appealing as possible. All accessories and toiletries should be packed away and out of sight. Always display clean, fresh towels and ensure the bath tub is as clean as possible. Use an air freshener before all viewings.

4. Market Your Home with Quality Images

Having made your home as attractive and appealing as possible, you are now ready to put your home on the market. If you are selling your home privately, you will need to consider which channels you will advertise in. Whether you advertise in the newspaper, magazine, a brochure or online, you need to have top quality, professional photos of your property.

Before taking these photos, remove any vehicles from view - you are not selling your car, you are selling the house. You also need to tidy up. Put away the bicycle, garden hose and anything else that is lying around away. Make your home exterior and garden look as appealing and as attractive as you possibly can. People will view the exterior first, so if they are impressed by the outside, then they will certainly want to view the inside as well.

5. Setting the Correct Market Price

Dalena says: Many home owners may consider the option of doing a private sale because they think it will save them money, but doing it yourself could actually take you much longer to sell and in most cases, you may end up getting much less than you had expected.

Real Estate Agents know the market values of properties in your area and they have the necessary tools and resources to get your property listed and sold as quickly as possible. Estate Agents can also help you compare prices of properties from previous sales, which can be a huge advantage and help you set the best possible price for your property.

It is not in any estate agents best interest to let a property sit on the market and become stale. After all, they get a percentage of the sale and a home that becomes stale (sits on the market for longer than expected) becomes increasingly difficult to sell.

Related article: Get the Correct Selling Price for Your Home

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