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Top 5 Tips for Sellers

September 24, 2020

Selling your home is a time-consuming process, however if you follow these 5 Tips you will save time and energy in the long run, making your home-selling experience a positive one!

1. Remove Clutter And Get Organized
In many ways, this goes hand-in-hand with correctly staging your home as it has to do with the internal appeal of your house. This means that before you start to have house-showings, it is vital that you clean up and de-clutter your whole house (but especially the bedrooms, kitchen, and living room). Remove anything that isn't necessary. For example, in the kitchen, there is no need to have a blender, toaster, food processor, coffee pot, and electric tea kettle all out on the counter. Keep one (or none) and store the rest in cabinets or boxes (as you pack up to move).
Remove the majority of family-photos and memorabilia from the walls and shelves. When someone comes to view your house, they will want to envision their own life there, with their own family photos and sentimental decor.
Stage your home with the impression of an inviting canvas - make people feel warm and invited into the home, but also allow them to see their own lives in the rooms.
For more information on Home Staging, check out this post!
2. Take Beautiful Pictures
Give your potential buyers a great first impression and make sure that the photos you have of your home are exceptional! For many home buyers, visual appeal is the foundation of their interest. As they scroll through the local market, you want them to stop on your listing. Do this by either hiring a professional photographer or, if you are skilled at photography, snapping the pictures yourself.
3. Take Advantage Of All Marketing Avenues
Past are the days of just running ads in the back of your local newspaper. Now, with the internet, it is vital to put your listing up on all of the appropriate apps and sites. Take advantage of Zillow, Trulia,, etc. and post your listing to their database. Otherwise you can miss out on a huge number of potential buyers. Zillow alone has 196 million monthly unique users (as of 9/30/19).
Another avenue is social media, while you don't have to create an Instagram account for your house, finding a real estate agent with a strong social following can be very beneficial. You can also use Facebook's Marketplace to list your house and find potential buyers.
4. Have Great Curb Appeal
Landscaping and curb appeal can make or break a potential buyer's initial interest. It is the first impression they will have of your house upon arriving for the showing. Making sure your lawn, garden, patio, and front stoop are clean, tidy, and appealing will benefit you in the long run.
You can easily DIY this and avoid the added cost of hiring a landscaping company. Read more about how to DIY your curb appeal here.
5. Hire The Best Real Estate Agent
This last tip is a subjective one as "the best" rests on many unique factors only you will be able to determine. Finding a solid, professional, and trustworthy real estate agent will help you sell your home faster and at a higher price than you would if you listed FSBO.
It is vital to find a real estate agent who fits your needs as a seller and who you can trust to have your best interests at heart when negotiating the sale of your home.
Happy Selling!
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