Exceptional Home: How Intelligent
Homeowners Effectively Sell Their Abode

home selling articles and tips

Many of us have heard about homes sitting on the market for months or even years without selling. While selling a home can be an overwhelming idea, savvy sellers can beat the status quo and find buyers quickly. Even in slow markets, here are some tips at finding a buyer quickly, and at a desirable price.

Choose a Good Asking Price

While it may seem counterintuitive, intelligent homeowners list their homes lower than what it is worth. Since the first 30 days on the market are the busiest, this often leads to competing offers and more for the buyer in the end. The price is one of the first things about your home buyer's will see, and a great price is likely to draw them in quickly.

Make a Good First Impression

Make sure your house is looking its best before listing it, since the first impression is key during the selling process. Some companies, like Re/Max The Diane Stow Team, know that this can start by sprucing up the front of the house to increase curb appeal. Whether you need to touch up paint, plant some new flowers, or replace the mailbox, make sure that anyone who sees the outside of your house likes what they see.

Show off Your Home's Potential

Most real estate agents will advise sellers to depersonalize their home by removing family pictures and extra clutter. A clean and sparsely furnished home looks bigger, and makes it easier for potential buyers to envision themselves living there. Also show potential buyers the home's value by using the space effectively. For example, a spare room with no purpose (or too many purposes) can be staged as a guest room or office. Organizing and downsizing closets and the pantry will make it look like your home offers plenty of storage which is attractive to potential buyers as well.

Give Your Home a Face Lift

While major renovation may not be practical for most sellers, new fixtures, hardware, curtains and paint can go a long way toward making the home look modern. This is especially true in the kitchen where buyers focus a lot of their attention. A fresh coat of neutral paint will leave the home looking clean, new and ready to move in.

Also make your home look bright and welcoming by opening blinds, turning on lights and putting new brighter bulbs in them, and even trimming large hedges outside of windows that block out light.

A lot of what goes into selling a home is thinking objectively about how potential buyers will see your home. While you may not be able to put a price tag on your home and are able to embrace it's quirks, potential buyers don't see it that way and will be looking for a good investment with a critical eye. Intelligent homeowners remove the hurdles starting with the asking price and ending with a well staged and freshened up home.