There is no doubt that selling your home can be a long, drawn out process. In fact, sometimes it takes people years before they even find a buyer who is remotely interested in buying their home. However, there are a number of different things which you can do on your own time around the house in order to help speed up the selling process. Here, we will take a closer look at some of the easy things that you can do.
Un-Clutter Your Home
Cluttered-looking homes are very unattractive to anyone’s eyes. Not only will having a cluttered home make it appear as though you are not taking care of it as good as you should, but if a room is filled with clutter, it will look a whole lot less spacious than it really is. Typically, people are looking for larger, open rooms rather than tiny, compact rooms. If you clean up your home by getting rid of (or hiding) some of the junk that can be found in its rooms, you will be more likely to find an interested buyer.
Clean-up After Pets
If you are someone who owns a cat or dog, chances are that it may shed more than you even realize. Anyone who does not live in your house will be sure to pick up on how much your pet sheds a lot quicker than you. In order to make sure that the shedding that your dog or cat does is not the reason that buyers have not been attracted to your house, you should be sure to vacuum at least twice a week, or as soon as you know that someone is coming to look at it. You should also be sure to clean up any types of stains that may be caused by your animal, as these will be very unappealing to anyone who comes to look at your home.
Don’t Spray Too Much Febreeze
As soon as we know that someone is coming to look at our house, many us would immediately reach for the air freshener bottle. However, many of us do not realize that this can be a huge mistake. Although some of the scents in your home may not be pretty, if you spray air freshener, people will think that the house itself is smelly. Ultimately, this can chase a potential buyer away. Your best bet is not too use any types of air fresheners, or if you decide that you must have to, you should be sure to go very light on the air freshener. Another tip is too do your air freshening early in the day, so that by the time that the potential buyers come to look at your home, there will be no sign that you sprayed anything.
Un-cluttering your home, cleaning up after your pets and making sure that you do not go too heavy on the air freshener can all be huge factors that will determine how quick your home will sell. Not only are all of these three steps quick and easy, but they can influence any potential buyer’s decision in the long run.
Upgrade Your Home
I had a friend who had a friend (lol) who owned a company which was well-versed in flooring and carpeting in the Atlanta area. My friend (we’ll call him Bob) called his friend with the flooring company (we’ll call him jeremy) about refinishing the floors. The floors in his house were old and beat up, and the realtor thought refinishing them would add a lot of value to the home. Long story short, after 3 months on the market, he got the floors done. Within 7 days had an offer for $5k above asking.
The moral of this story is don’t be cheap. Sometimes upgrades will HELP you and make more money than they cost.