1. Stand out from the competition
Buying and selling homes can be an emotional process. To get more eyeballs on your home instead of your neighbours who may be selling, try to upgrade the property with an addition, improved landscaping, or a new roof if it needs it. These sorts of improvements drastically improve curb appeal and can even add value to your home.
While it can definitely give you the advantage to spice up your home, don’t go crazy on the improvements. Some changes may cost you a lot of money but only add marginal value to your home. For example, paint can dramatically improve the look and feel of the interior or exterior of a home for a minimal investment. Adding expensive rare trees to a garden, however, is not going to add much to the sale price.
2. Declutter as Much As Possible
You don’t want your home to be empty but you don’t want it so cluttered that people are distracted by your stuff and not seeing what your home is like. Put away personal items like family pictures, knick-knacks, collectibles and other unnecessary items. Make sure each room has the essentials to make it a practical living space. For instance, a living area should have a couch and/or chairs, a few neutral paintings or pictures on the wall, perhaps a lamp, a television, an end or coffee table and that’s it. The idea is to make rooms look complete but not personalized or cluttered.
3. Sweeten the Deal
Give buyers a reason to want to do business with you. Offer concessions like money back at closing to cover the buyer’s closing costs, an allowance for upgrades, or other benefits. If people can see that the cost of purchasing your home will be reduced in these ways they are more likely to bite.
4. Pricing It Right
Your home is only worth what the other similar homes in your area have been selling for no matter how much money you’ve put into it. Detach yourself from the sale and look at your home’s value objectively. This is part of the reason it makes sense to hire an objective third party like a Realtor who can price your home to sell.