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7 Tips on How to Sell Your Home

Posted by Susan Dickman on Tuesday, February 6th, 2018 at 11:14am.

Selling your home can bring on an abundance of mixed emotions. You may have memories there of family and other loved ones. But, there’s a side of you that may be ready to move on to something bigger and better. One things for sure, selling your home can be stressful sometimes, which is the last thing you need on your plate. Because of this, we’ve compiled a list to make this process a lot quicker and easier. Here are 7 tips that will help you sell your home as quickly as possible, even when the peak time for home sells has passed.

 

Better your curb appeal

First impressions are everything. This general rule applies to all areas of your life, especially your home when it comes time to sell. Most buyers will drive by your home after seeing it listed online. This is done before they even contact you for a viewing. What will they see? The front yard, driveway, front entry, grass, and flowers if there are any. This snapshot gives them an idea of how the inside may look.

Clear away clutter

For the perfect staging of your home, all clutter must go. You are going to move.....right?  So start packing! No questions asked. This may be hard for some people, as it may require temporary movement to a storage facility. Having clear surfaces, floors, and closets makes your home look more spacious to potential buyers. It also allows them to visualize how they would want to live there and decorate.

Depersonalize

We know you love your family photos and the memories that may be in your home. However, when buyers view your home, they want to envision their family and their memories to come, not yours. So, remove political posters, religious items, and photos will be very helpful.

Pricing

The tactic that sellers often use consists of pricing the house extremely high, then lowering the price if the house fails to sell. Sometimes this high pricing tactic can be detrimental to selling your home, and cause buyers and their agents to stay away from you all together. If your home sits on the market too long, buyers will wonder what's wrong with it. Price the home as fair as possible, based on what it’s worth. The market is "price driven". This strategy will make buyers rush to place a bid on your home, which creates competition and lead to buyers bidding over what the home is actually worth.  Your home sells faster and without sitting on the market too long.

Remember that the kitchen matters

You have no idea how much of an impact the kitchen has on buyer’s decision to buy a home. Buyers are willing to spend extra money on a beautiful kitchen, especially an up to date kitchen. Vice versa, buyers will also attempt to knock off thousands of dollars if the kitchen is dated. The point is, it may be worth pouring money into renovations for the kitchen area if needed. In fact, you may able to recover anywhere between 60%-80% of the money you put into kitchen renovation due to higher bids. That’s not a bad return on investment. A few improvements you can make when upgrading your kitchen can consist of; light fixtures, neutral color paint (so buyers can envision how they would want their kitchen to look), newer stainless-steel appliances, and new cabinet hardware.

 Erase all signs of pets

Some individuals believe it’s a good idea to keep pets around for showings since they may make the home more inviting. However, although you may love animals, doesn’t mean everyone is a pet lover themselves. Buyers would rather not leave with pet hair stuck to their pants or be forced to tolerate the smell of cat litter. Pets can also leave behind a smell. If this is the case, it’s in your best interest to get your rugs steamed, make sure the entire house is vacuumed, and all surfaces are wiped down.

Talk about neighborhood attractions

The area and neighborhood should be one of the most talked about features when selling your home. The area really makes a difference when homebuyers are looking for a new home to settle down in, especially if they have a family with little ones. Specifically, many neighborhoods in the downtown Chicago area have lots to offer. You have the incredible Streeterville neighborhood that has Navy Pier, a world attraction. You then have the South Loop that has the Adler Planetarium, soldier field, and more. As you can see, these attractions make the neighborhood more attractive, and can even make your home more valuable. Don’t forget to show that.

 

While every tip mentioned above will help when selling your home, the most important piece to the puzzle that’s missing is finding the right agent. This is arguably one of the most undervalued steps when attempting to sell one’s home. Feel free to give us a call at 773-627-8176 to discuss your needs and see how we can make this process easier and faster.

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