Are you trying to sell your home? While it may still be a buyer’s market, it certainly doesn’t mean your home has to remain on the market for several months. In fact, by implementing a few simple seller tips, you will be far more likely to get your home sold quickly and at a reasonable price. Here is a look at 5 basic tips that all home sellers should keep in mind.
Tip #1: Curb Appeal is Key
Curb appeal, or the way your home looks when a potential buyer drives past it, is essential to getting your home sold. Not only do many buyers keep an eye out for homes as they cruise the streets, but the way your home looks from the street will give the buyer his or her first impression. First impressions are long lasting, so you want to be sure yours is a good one.
Tip #2: Depersonalize the Space
When trying to sell your home, your agent will do his or her best to help the buyer envision himself living in your home. If you have family photos, knick-knacks or souvenirs sitting throughout your home, it will be difficult for the buyer to visualize anyone other than you living in the home. In the process of removing personal items, you will also reduce the amount of clutter in your home. By reducing clutter, you will make your home appear larger, airier and more comfortable to the buyer.
Tip #3: Appeal to the Senses
To help convince the buyer that your house is his or her next home, you need to create a “homey” atmosphere. One of the best ways to do this is to appeal to the senses. Things such as baking an apple pie or chocolate chip cookies before the buyer visits your home will help fill the air with scents of home. Similarly, placing a vase filled with fresh flowers on the table or even playing soft music in the background will appeal to the buyer’s senses and help link positive thoughts and feelings to your home.
Tip #4: Choose Neutral Colors
Applying a fresh layer of paint to the interior walls is always a good idea when prepping a house for sale. As you select your colors, be sure to choose neutral colors that will appeal to the broadest range of buyers. While you may like neon orange trim, you are not likely to find many buyers who feel the same. By selecting neutral colors, you will significantly increase the number of buyers who will be interested in purchasing your home.
Tip #5: Select the Right Agent
Selecting the right real estate agent can make a world of difference when it comes to selling a home. Ideally, the agent you select should be one who has experience selling homes in your neighbourhood. Furthermore, your agent should be able to lay out a comprehensive marketing plan that will include the use of traditional marketing techniques as well as the vast array of technology that is available to today’s real estate agent. About the author: Crystal Tost is an experienced Calgary Realtor where she has been a full time real estate agent since 1997. www.calgarylistings.com
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