Selling

How to Sell Your Home Faster with De Cluttering

When we live in a house for even a short period of time, we can end up accumulating tons of stuff in our homes. This stuff often becomes clutter. While we might not really mind our own clutter, any buyer visiting your home will very much mind the clutter. That’s why it’s so important to de-clutter your home before selling it, especially if you still live in it while conducting showings. Let’s look at how to sell your home by de-cluttering.How to Sell a Cluttered house

The first step in de-cluttering is to remove all of your personal items. While that might sound harsh to refer to that cherished picture of Aunt Jane and Uncle Jim, or your kids first trophy as clutter, it is to anyone who is coming through your home. Most buyers want to envision themselves in your home, and having those personal items tends to easily break that illusion for them. Granted, you don’t have to throw away those items, but it might be for the best to do some early packing for the move by boxing up those items first.

Clutter can also come in the form of excess or worn furniture. All of the furniture that’s on display should be clean and free of damage or wear. Likewise, having a ton of furniture that you’ve accumulated over the years from showroom clearances, relatives who have passed away, or even just by chance can be detrimental to a successful sale. This is because when the room is too full, it also looks smaller than it really is. It’s a sort of optical illusion, but it’s real. Try and donate or dispose of anything you aren’t too attached to. If it is some sentimental piece of furniture, try renting a storage unit to put it in until you can move into a new house.

One main project you should consider is to decide on things to purge. You will have to move eventually, and if you keep all of that clutter, that means you have to take it with you. Transporting things that you might not even want anymore can raise the costs of moving as well as make the whole process take longer. Not to mention that all of that clutter will be on full display as buyers are walking through. There are some good ways to deal with the small scale clutter in your home.

Some experts recommend de-cluttering by categorizing things throughout your home, rather than doing it room by room. An example of this is to gather together all of your books and magazines throughout your home into one spot. This way, you can see every book you have and decide which ones you don’t want or need anymore. While this can be hard if you’re a bibliophile, there are probably some magazines, or even some duplicates of certain items that you can part with. Do this same process with all other items in your home, including clothes, sports gear, decorations, seasonal items, and cookware.

Be sure that extra attention is placed on closets and other storage rooms. Don’t try and cheat by stuffing your clutter in these rooms since buyers are going to be especially interested in the storage capabilities of your home.

The last, but perhaps most important spot to declutter is the outside area of your home. This includes the porch, deck, front and back yards, and even the driveway. These areas will be the first things that prospective buyers see, and you probably have more clutter than you think outside. Any children’s lawn toys should be put away, along with any lawn ornaments. Be sure to look out for any that may have broken over time. You may have forgotten about them, but eagle eyed buyers will be sure to spot that.

3 Things that Buyer's Notice About Your Home

3 Things that Buyer’s Notice About Your Home

Selling your house is crazy, chaotic and stressful time and the longer you have lived in your home the more stressful it gets.  You need to pack up years’ worth of memories and turn your house from the home you love to a model home that sells.  This means packing up all of your photos, children’s art work and doing a thorough clean from top to bottom in order to get it ready to show.  Just because you think your house is ready for company that doesn’t mean that it is.  Here are 3 things that buyers will notice about your house right off the bat.

Your Appliances

More often than not appliance are sold with the home, so yes during an open house someone will probably look inside your oven to see if it clean or not.  A dirty stove, microwave or fridge is enough to send buyers running and they won’t be back.  If your appliance are more than five years old then it is that much more important to make sure that they are spotless.  You will want to take the time to clean and sanitize your appliances just before your open house.  If you don’t have the time then get a cleaning company to do it.  Dirty appliances can cost you offers.

Your Bathroom

Kitchens and bathrooms sell houses.  You will want to scrub down every inch of your bathroom until it sparkles.  Get rid of the old and moldy caulking around the bathtub and replace it with brand new shiny white caulking.  It is a cheap and easy fix and it’s worth the time.  One tiny speck of mold anywhere around the bathtub and buyers are gone.

Minor Fixes Need to be Done

If you have ten kitchen drawers a buyer will find the one that sticks or doesn’t close properly.  All the little broken things that are part and parcel of every home need to be fixed.  Change all of the burnt out light bulbs, oil the squeaky doors, replace the dripping faucets and fix the running toilet.  These are all things we can ignore when we are living in the home until we hardly notice them.  Buyer’s notice and they will think that you don’t care for your house properly.

When it comes to selling your home small things can have a huge impact so don’t overlook them.  Your realtor is there to help you notice the things you don’t see that could impact your sale.  Heed their advice and get your home sold quickly!

Setting the Price for Your Home

Setting the Price for Your Home

When it comes to selling your PEI home one of the biggest factors in how quick it sells is setting the price.  It might sound like an oversimplification but price is one of the biggest factors in selling your home as quickly as possible.  That being said, it doesn’t mean that you have to give your house away.  Setting the price for your home will depend on several different factors.  The size, number of bedrooms, and of course the location will all affect the final price.  If  you want to sell quickly and still get top dollar then you need to sit down and work with your realtor to determine an aggressive pricing strategy.  Let’s look at how to determine the price.

Setting Your Price

One of the reasons it is so important to work with a realtor to set your price is that they are capable of taking the emotion out of the situation.  Homeowners can be emotionally attached, after all you have created some great memories there.  Sometimes greed can rear its ugly head too when it comes to price.  Your realtor can put together for you a competitive market analysis that will help figure out what your house is worth.

This analysis will look at other homes in the area that are comparable to yours.  Bear in mind the are comparable not identical, so the analysis will look at houses roughly the same size with the same number of bedrooms.  They will look at the final selling price along with how long the home was on the market.  From there you and your realtor will sit down and decide if your house should be priced on the low or high end of the comps.

Getting it Right from the Start

If you get the price right in the beginning then you can get it sold quickly.  The longer that your house sits on the market the more you’re going to have to lower the price.  Along with the price you’re going to have to get your property in front of as many potential buyers as possible.  Make sure that your price is in line with what other houses are selling for on the market.

The price that you finally settle on for your home’s listing will also depend on the time of year you decide to sell.  Home sales are more active in the spring and early summer months.  Take some time and do your research before you finally decide on your strategy.