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How to Sell Your House: The 30 Best Tips to Sell Faster and for More Money

Selling your home can be tricky, especially when you have never done it before.  Below are the best 30 Tips out there for selling your home fast and for the most money possible.

  1. Make Money on the Buy! This is the most important thing to know about real estate.  Whether you are an investor, a first time home buyer or someone who is moving for the 4th time you need to know this.  Figure out how is going to make you money BEFORE you buy it.   Don’t overpay for a property, or you may find yourself underwater when it comes time to sell. By “buying smart” – you open up many more options for your exit strategy!


  1. Appeal to everyone– Your goal is to make the most money.   In order to make the most money you must appeal to the largest majority of people.  Yes thing means your house might not be unique but you MUST try to appeal to everyone who might come through your property by using minimal design. A six foot painting of the statue of liberty might appeal to you – but it’s probably a little too “taste specific” for selling a home.


  1. Pressure wash driveway, siding, and any decks– You probably haven’t noticed just how much dirt has slowly accumulated on your driveway and deck over the years – but trust me: it’s not clean. FIRST IMPRESSIONS MATTER! Having a pressure washed driveway and deck is inviting and can be one of the first things potential buyers see when walking up. First impressions are everything – so make sure your first impression shines and reflects the quality of life they’ll find inside.


  1. Fresh mulch, grass, or plants outside – Landscaping is a small cost, yet is one of the most important things to do to help sell a house. The good thing is it generally just requires some sweat equityand an afternoon to turn a boring front lawn into a beautiful work of art.


  1. Keep it free of clutter – If you are trying to sell a property that is not vacant, it’s important to clear away the clutter. By getting rid of junk and putting all your extra stuff in storage, you bring out the beauty of the room and help the room look larger, cleaner, and all around awesome. Additionally, by clearing out the clutter, people can visualize themselves living there.


  1. Drop Your Price – Don’t hold on to a high price if you aren’t getting any offers. Drop your price quickly and accept that your original price may have been wrong.


  1. Replace light bulbs – Make sure that darker rooms have LED Lights. I know this is specific but trust me on this.  It makes a difference.  It’s good for presentation and they’re very affordable to replace. Bright rooms = happy rooms.


  1. Caulk & Paint make it what it ain’t – words to live by that has been hammered into my head since I was old enough to walk. ou can’t go wrong with fresh paint on trims, doors, or windows. You’d be surprised at how new you can make a house look with just fresh paint.


  1. Take GREAT Photos – The key to getting a house sold for the most money and quickly is getting the most possible people in to see the house. All buyers start there process online these days.   You have bad photos no buyer is going to come see your house. 


  1. Do a quick clean on everything – Sometimes, right before a showing, you just need a “quick clean” if time is limited. Things you may want to consider first are the bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchen sink.


  1. Price it right – Nothing beats doing your research and setting the right price. More often than not, you may need an expert to help you calculate what that perfect price is – so don’t be afraid of speaking with some local real estate agents.


  1. Hiring the right Realtor – To sell your house faster, a good Realtor might just be all you need. Make sure you choose one who’s good at marketing and is “hungry” to sell your property.


  1. Beware of nasty pet odors – You may be used to the smell of your pets, but your potential buyers are not. If you have pets, get all rugs steam cleaned and be extra vigilant about vacuuming and washing surfaces. Try to keep pets outside or at your grandparents house.


  1. Always follow the “clean clean clean” rule – Cleanliness is next to godliness, they say – and this is especially true for buyers. You can’t go wrong with a solid cleaning of the house, even the tiniest detail. Pay special attention to light switches, door knobs and other areas that hands are always on.


  1. Take a video of the property – Although you or your agent may walk people through the house – it’s also helpful to provide a walking tour before the buyer steps foot in the home by hosting the video online. You can use YouTube or Vimeo.


  1. Make sure lawn is mowed – This just requires about 30 minutes of your time but the results are spectacular. Once again, landscaping wins. If you are unsure you can maintain the lawn at the appropriate level, hire a local landscaping crew to maintain it for you while the house is on the market.


  1. Never cram furniture – Staging is good … but cramming a room full of furniture will make it look small and uninviting. Leave the ones that you think are necessary that show off the best features of the room, but get rid of anything that makes it look old or too “busy.”


  1. Clean the carpet – You may try to steam clean them yourself using a Rug Doctor or you can bite the bullet and have a professional take care of it. When living in a property, it’s hard to notice how dirty a carpet can become – but after a good cleaning, you’ll be glad you did.


  1. Aim for the “wow” – Every room or space in a home should be a “wow” of some sort, providing something that is beyond what’s expected. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a small or large “wow” – just be sure there is always a “wow.” For example, “Wow, look at these old beams and tall ceilings in the living room” or “Wow, cookies in this bright but small bedroom”. Lead the buyer though a property and make them discover those “wows” on their own – from front property line to the back area of the garage. Every room should have a “wow.”


  1. Double check your agent’s online marketing – Although we like to believe our real estate agents are super men and women – the fact is, sometimes the homes they list are just one in dozens that they are listing – so it’s easy for them to post your house on the MLS without any style or hint of promotion in it. Remember that the vast majority of prospects come from seeing your listings online, so be sure that listing looks great.


  1. Check out the competitions – Drive around and look at other homes that are on the market. Get your agent to give you a tour of your most similar comps – and find ways to beat them!


  1. Look at the sold comps – By looking at the information on homes that have recently sold, you can get a good idea of what people are looking for in a home. If every home sold has a swing set in the back yard – you may want to consider adding a swing set yourself.


  1. Don’t act desperate – Selling a home is largely about negotiation. If you are desperate to sell, you may end up getting significantly less than what the home is worth. Don’t put yourself in desperate situations through over leveraging or obtaining too much debt. If you are desperate – at least don’t act like it!


  1. Consider your agent’s opinion – Find an agent you trust and follow their advice as often as you can.


  1. Keep a good mindset – Always focus on maintaining a positive mindset. There are buyers out there looking exactly for your property – you just have to find them. Look at the sale of your property with “business eyes” – and try not to take it personal.


  1. Visit neighborhood open houses – This will give you an instant education in what not to do when marketing your own home, as well as what you should do.


  1. Never over-upgrade – Only do updates that will pay off and get you top dollar. Overdoing the repairs won’t always raise the total price of the property but it might just make you owe more than it’s worth. Look at the competition and seek to be slightly better than them – but don’t over do it.


  1. Always be up for a showing – You never know when your buyer is going to walk through the front door, so be prepared at all times. NEVER turn down a showing. NEVER EVER.  Keep the home organized, clean, and smelling great 100% of the time.


  1. It’s about first impressions – Sometimes, the first impression is the only impression. In fact, most buyers decide if they’ll place an offer on a house within just seconds, so make sure it counts


  1. Just Do It – All the tips on this list are helpful – but don’t think that you need to do all 100 in order to sell your home. Focus on the few tips that you think will give you the biggest bang for your buck – and do them well.