Thinking of selling your first time? Our First Time Home Seller tips will help you to start navigating this potentially stressful process. Here are 5 tips to make it a bit easier!
There are many simple items that you can include in the sale of your house to get potential buyers excited. Window coverings, light fixtures, and appliances may not seem like they make a big difference in leaving behind, but little add-ins like this can go a long way with the right buyer. If you want to go a step further, you can consider leaving behind furniture, especially if it’s unique to the home, such as bar stools that fit perfectly, or custom built benches that fit exactly right into a breakfast nook.
Nothing turns a buyer away faster than a home full of clutter, messes and junk piles. Start with throwing away old mail and other trash then pack up things that are not necessary for everyday life. Having a home that is clean, clutter free and organized invites a buyer to imagine their own personal belongings in the home.
First-time homebuyers often focus on a home’s deficiencies, so you should too. Take away or fix anything you can before a buyer can question it. This can be as simple as having your home professionally deep cleaned or your carpets shampooed or painting walls. By fixing or upgrading your home you are showing the buyer that the house is “move-in ready,” which is really what all buyers want; a house that is ready for them to make their own in the shortest time possible.
Pets can be a huge distraction during the home selling process. Not only do buyer’s agents need special instructions on what to do with pets during showings which could take away from time with buyers, but pet odours or hair are often major turn-offs during a potential buyer’s first impression.
It’s easy to consider selling your home without a Realtor in order to save some money. However, if you find a trusted reputable Realtor in your area who is familiar with the local housing market, he/she can likely sell your house at top dollar (and quicker!) than doing all the work to list and sell your home yourself.
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