Ten Dos and Don’ts to Sell Your Home for Top Dollar

Ten Dos and Don’ts to Sell Your Home for Top Dollar

Many sellers don’t pay enough attention to the renovations of their homes when they put them on the market. Even sellers with recently renovated homes need to do this work. There is fierce competition and every detail is important to help you sell fast and at your best.
So if you want to sell your house, take ten minutes to read this list. Then start packing!
1 Clear the space of clutter and depersonalize it! It’s a simple tip, but it’s the hardest step for sellers. Say goodbye to home and then erase the memories of the space by putting away personal belongings. The more prospective buyers can visualize their own belongings in the space, the better.
2 Create a welcoming entryway that feels great to walk into. Make this space clean, well-lit, and up-to-date. First impressions are critical.
3 DO invest in cheap capital. Repaint the walls in a neutral light color, update the light fixtures, faucets, doorknobs and backsplashes. If you don’t have the time, hiring someone to complete these things is money well spent. If you don’t have the talent, hire an interior designer or home helper for a few hours of consultation. Small cosmetic improvements add up.
4 DON’T do major renovations to your home if you don’t have the time, money or energy. Jobs like redoing the floor, kitchen or bathrooms are big and stressful, especially if you live in your house while working. Think rejuvenation, not renewal.
5 Invest in sprucing up your outdoor patio or seating area if you’re selling in the warmer months. Potential buyers like the added value of outdoor dining or seating. Repaint the deck and create a comfortable space with outdoor furniture. Umbrella and BBQ will be great selling points.
6 DO NOT invest in a swimming pool, hot tub or fish tank. You will not get your money back. You may even turn away many potential customers who are put off by the maintenance involved and the potential danger to small children.
7 DO transform the surface of your kitchen or bathroom. These two rooms are the most important in any home. No need to change your entire setup. New faucets, knobs, backsplash, moldings, sink and paint are easy and inexpensive updates. Remember to keep it neutral.
8 DO NOT forget about landscaping and appearance. This is the first thing buyers will see. If they are off, you will have to work even harder on the inside. So why not take care of it? Paint your front door, put a new handle on it, repair cracks in the walkway, paint the mailbox or get a new one. Fix or get new house numbers. Make it charming by trimming all your trees, bushes, grass and adding flowers.
9 Be mindful of your surroundings when you move. Donate household items that are in working order to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore and take your leftovers to the ecocenter. Consider refinishing or repainting kitchen and bathroom cabinets instead of replacing them. The more you can reuse and repurpose, the better. The goal here is to spend as little as possible for the greatest impact.
10 DO NOT leave animal tracks around the house. Scratched doors, cat litter, messy food bowls, furry blankets and chewed toys need to go. Not everyone is an animal lover and can completely leave home if they are allergic.

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