Price it right from the start.
Sellers often think they should start the asking price high and then lower it later if the house fails to sell. But that can result in a slower sale – sometimes even a lower price. The first 30 days’ activity of your house being on the market is always the best activity you’re going to see. If the price is too high many buyers and their agents will stay away, assuming you’re not serious about selling or are unwilling to negotiate.
Enhance your home’s curb appeal.
This could mean adding new sod, planting flowers, painting front door or replacing the mailbox. Perspective new buyers form an opinion the minute they spot the home. Curb appeal is everything!
Update the interior and exterior.
New fixtures, fresh paint and updated landscaping are fairly easy and affordable ways to give your home a makeover.
Clean, declutter and depersonalize.
The fewer things there are in the home, the larger it will look, so remove knick knacks and excess furniture. Also take down family photos, religious items and political posters so perspective buyers can envision their family in the house – not yours. Finally, you may want to hire a cleaning service to perform a deep cleaning.
Stage the house to show how the rooms are supposed to be used.
If you have odd rooms with no obvious role, give them one. An odd alcove off the kitchen could be staged as an office or a pantry, for example.
Make the property easy to show.
The more flexible you are about visits, the more people will be able to consider your home. Be ready for perspective visitors early in the morning, at night and especially on weekends. with little notice. Also, leave when the house is being shown so would-be buyers can feel free to move about and picture themselves living there as well as openly discuss the homes pros and cons honestly.
Remove your pets.
Also remove their paraphernalia, such as dog dishes and cat litter boxes (or at least hide them). A perspective buyer should not even know that a pet lives in the home if you can help it.