The most important thing to remember when selling your home is this: You aren’t selling your home–you’re selling theirs. Your home is for your buyer. Just as it reflects your tastes and personality, the new buyers are going to want to paint and decorate and move in their furniture. The easier it is for your prospective buyers to imagine themselves living here, the quicker you’ll sell. Here’s how to make it easy:
1. Homes Aren’t Books. Give Yours A Good Cover
When your buyers drive up to your home, what do they see? Do they see your home, or do they see a beautiful house that they would be lucky to make their home? If you’ve ever shopped at Apple or watched unboxing stories on instagram, then you know that part of what makes a great product is its packaging. You want your buyer to be thinking “this is it” before they even step inside. Make your house look extra nice. Touch up the trim. Pull the weeds. Plant some flowers. Maybe give the door a nice wash of color.
2. Stage Your Home For Its Future Owners
The thing to remember when selling your home: People aren’t buying your home; They’re buying theirs. Make it easy. Declutter your home. Paint over all those crazy colors in the kids’ rooms. Take down the curtains and put away all your decorative knick-knacks. This is going to be their dream home. Don’t make them paint over your work (literally or otherwise). Give them a blank canvas and let their imagination run wild.
3. Treat Your Listing Like A Dating Profile
Of course, how your home looks doesn’t matter a bit if no one ever sees it. A great listing is key to getting it sold in 30 days. Think of the listing as a dating profile. You want people to pick your house. Get a goodphotographer to capture its best angles with good lighting, because there’s nothing worst than an ugly listing. The more viewers you have the greater your chance of getting that house sold in a month.
4. Don’t Price High, Price Right
Don’t price your house high with the aim of lowering it later. You want to make your home easy to snatch up and pricing it wrong may scare them off, or encourage them to find a more reasonable buy elsewhere. Take advice from your agent and do some research of your own to ensure you’re pricing it smart.
5. Get A Real Estate Agent
Selling a house doesn’t have to be a lengthy and difficult process, but it sure can be if you’ve never done it before. Agents know how to make listings that sell, and it’s in their interest, too, to get your house sold quickly for a good price. Find an agent you trust.