How would you like to sell your home faster and for more money? Well, stick around because right here, I'm about to give you seven tips to help you sell your home faster and for more money. And I'm going to be doing that right now.
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Okay. You are here because you would like to learn how to sell your home for more money in less time without breaking the back. Right? Well, I'm here to tell you I've got seven great tips for you that's going to help you do just that.
It doesn't take a lot of money to get your house ready to sell. You can do it in a short amount of time with minimal expense. And it's going to make a huge, huge impact if you know what to spend the money on.
Basically, spending just a little bit of money on the right things will give you a huge, huge impact so let's get to it.
Number one – wide open space. That is what everyone is looking for. If you can rearrange your furniture and minimalize the things that you have in your house and create some of that open space feel that people are looking for, that costs you absolutely nothing to do. It just a matter of rearranging what you've already got.
Think minimalist and reorganize your furniture in such a way that it creates more openness so that people will feel all the sense of space when they come into your home. If you've got oversized furniture, think of taking that out of your house so that you could create more openness.
Also, if you've got some beautiful flooring underneath some rugs and big floor plans, consider taking those out so you can show off your gorgeous floors.
Number two – fresh paint. Fresh paint costs very little and you can do it yourself, or you can pay somebody to do it for you very quickly. A fresh coat of paint will open up the space and make it feel fresh and new. And that is the kind of feel that you want to put across to your potential buyers.
Also, when you're looking at paint, make sure you're looking at a cohesive, neutral tone.
You want to give people a sense of a fresh canvas that they can imagine their belongings and their pictures and their furniture up against your walls, without it being contrasting.
In order to get the buyer to be able to visualize themselves in the space that you're in. This is one of those key factors that's going to help them see more of themselves and a whole lot less of you and that's what we're looking for.
Number three – curb appeal. The vision of your house from the street is the very first thing that your potential buyers are going to see. You want to make sure that the front of your house is immaculate and beautiful and inviting. Right?
And this is actually something that's really easy to do. Just make sure to keep your lawn mowed and your hedges trimmed and your flower beds clear of any excess weeds or debris.
Make it look nice. Put in a couple of potted plants or some beautiful flowers in your flower bed and make sure that you power wash the front of your house and your driveway.
It makes such a huge difference and it doesn't cost that much to do it.
And while we're talking about the exterior of your house, go ahead and set up the backside of your house as well. If you've got a back porch or a patio, make sure you have that set up so it looks super inviting and beautiful and makes people want to come and sit outside on your patio. You want to give them a way to envision themselves sitting there at the end of the day.
Number four – make sure that you're staging each room so that it has a purpose. Sometimes you walk into a room and you're not really sure what this room could be used for so a really great way to do that is to put furniture in it in certain ways to show that it can be used in a different way than what you may think.
Like, if you think that you have a dining room that could be turned into an office space if you don't already have an office built into your house. That's a great use of that space, especially if you've already got a breakfast nook that you're using to sit and have your meals at, at the time.
I've seen bonus spaces that have been turned into office rooms. I've seen bonus rooms turned into child daycare rooms, or game rooms, or family fun rooms, or even a man-cave. I've actually seen a dining room turned into a pool hall and it looks amazing when you can take the space that may not make a lot of sense to a lot of people initially and turn it into something that makes sense to people that may be shopping for your house.
Bottom line is, try to stage your house in a way that gives people great ideas for their space.
Number five – flooring. Okay. One of the things that can make a home look really dated very quickly, is the flooring. Carpet is an outward trend. It is on its way out the door already. Most people don't want a brand new home with carpet at all.
They're paying for the upgrades to get probably LVP, which stands for luxury vinyl plank flooring and that stuff is super durable. It doesn't scratch. It doesn't show a lot of wear and it's easy to keep up with. It's waterproof.
That's the kind of thing that people are looking for these days. And you can get LVP flooring at Lowe's or any Carpet One store, Lumber Liquidators. Any of those types of stores will have, especially at this time of the year, specials on their LVP flooring.
So look into, if you can afford it, replacing your flooring and updating it. It gives the sense that your home is being renovated by putting down some new flooring and it won't take a day for an installation crew to come in and put your new flooring.
And it will make your home seem super updated fast. Just by putting in some new flooring. Don't forget the flooring when you're looking at doing some small renovations, that bring you the biggest impact.
This is one of the biggest ones that you can do but if you do it well and you do it right, it will make all the difference in the world.
Number six – okay, you got to clean the house from top to bottom, every nook and cranny, scrub, scrub, scrub, scrub, or pay somebody to do it.
I deal a lot with military PCSers and they have people who specialize in a PCS clean, which means that they clean it well enough to pass the government inspection that comes after you move out of your military base housing.
If they can pass the government inspection, then they can do a move-out clean or move-in clean, whichever way you're going to go.
I recommend moving cleans to my new buyers when they finish purchasing their home. I say, you can get a move-in clean, and that way you know you're moving into a very clean home instead of relying on the previous owners. I highly recommend getting people to come in and clean your house if you don't feel comfortable or confident in your cleaning abilities.
Because what you really need to do, you need to scrub the baseboards. You need to scrub the blinds. You need to get all of the little surfaces, even the ones that are up high and make sure there's no dust, no dirt anywhere. And you have to make sure that you maintain that cleanliness the entire time that you're trying to sell your house.
This is a huge, huge thing. And a lot of people miss it. And when people are coming into your home and seeing your home, the dirt is distracting. I'm just going to tell you straight up, just like that.
It's distracting and people will see it and think it's dirty and not want to move into it. This is actually very, very, very important so do not overlook the importance of a really good, deep, deep clean in your entire house.
And while you're doing all this, things like updating some of your fixtures, your faucets that seem a little dated. This is a good opportunity to switch out any pulls on all of your drawers and cabinetry, possibly some touch-up paint.
If you got some cabinets that possibly need a little bit of updating when you're cleaning. Yeah. This is a good time to evaluate whether you want to go ahead and put a fresh coat of paint on the cabinets as well. These types of things will come up when you're doing a good, deep, clean.
Feel free to just put in some new light fixtures, new faucets, poles, and handles and a fresh coat of paint on any of those types of things as well.
And number seven – I highly recommend to all of my sellers to get a pre-home inspection. And the reason that you want to do this is, there's a couple of different reasons.
Number one, they can tell you the things that you're going to run into once you go under contract. If you've already got a home inspection before you listed and you fix those problems before they ever were an issue, it's just going to make your transaction go that much more smoothly, which is awesome.
Also, when you get the home inspection, the home inspector is going to point out small things and then you'll have a better idea of what things you can bring a handyman in and fix, which will be huge for you.
There are handyman services that you can get all over the place. We've got several that we deal with all the time. They come and fix small things for us. Grab a handyman and have them come fix those little projects that you've been putting off all this time.
I'll give you an example. We bought our house four years ago and after the first year, the outside electricity stopped working and we couldn't figure out why. My husband went on Google university and tried to figure out how to fix it but it's electrical.
Well, there's only so much that I felt comfortable with him actually trying to do on his own. We finally called an electrician and they came over and fixed the whole thing within an hour. Now, all of my outdoor outlets are working, our water sprinkler system doesn't have to have an extra plug anymore. Everything's back to working.
If you have a project like that, that you've been kind of sitting on, waiting for a rainy day, or when you've got some extra time on your hands to get done. Go ahead and get those things done before you put your house on the market.
It's just going to make everything so much easier because I will tell you, buyers want to do the least amount of work possible when they want to move into their new home. If you take care of all little things so they don't have to, it's just going to make them feel more comfortable.
They're going to ask for less stuff in return and the transaction's going to go a lot more smoothly in the end. And it's actually, you're going to spend a little bit of money but you're going to make it back threefold.
It's going to be small amounts of money and you're going to make it back in how much you're going to be able to charge for your house.
I hope that those things help you with your home sale. If you would like to grab a PDF version of this entire seven tips, I'm going to leave a link in the description underneath this video, where you can just click over and grab a copy of it, and then you'll have it to reference whenever it's time for you to put your house on the market or consider selling.
I hope you get a lot of use out of it. Again, I just want to say thank you so very much for watching my video. I do appreciate all of you and all the love and support.
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Again, thank you so much for watching. I am once again, Jodie Cordell, the Savvy Agent with Spence Properties here in Crestview, Florida and I will see you on the next video.