How to Sell Fast and Make the Most on Your Home

It’s a great time to sell, with buyers often paying at or even above asking price. If you’ve decided to put your home on the market, you want it to sell quickly and make as much as you can. Attract buyers and get top dollar by making the right first impression. Here are some home staging and listing strategies to prepare your home for sale and make sure it shows at its best.

Price it right. Negotiations are part of the home buying and selling process, and the initial price point can heavily influence how this process moves forward. Many sellers decide to “aim high” and ask for even more than top dollar. They hear how quickly homes are selling and think they can always come down. However, listing at the wrong price point can result in your property sitting on the market for an extended period of time, which can negatively impact your negotiating leverage and lead to hurried decisions.  

Your home will see the most traffic immediately after listing. When buyers and realtors see a listing that is priced too high, they move on to the next one. Do your research to make sure you don’t discourage a potential buyer by pricing your home too high.

Add curb appeal. The outside of your home is the first thing buyers see on your listing. Curb appeal is what introduces your home to passersby and potential buyers online. Make everything about the exterior of your house look its absolute best. Freshen paint, plant flowers, pressure wash your fence and deck. Consider having a new garage door installed. New doors can often be added for a reasonable price and completely transform the look of your exterior.

Brighten your interior. Replace dark curtains with light colored blinds or sheer panels. Install high-watt bulbs in light fixtures. Scrub your windows so they let in as much sunlight as possible.

Take out all the clutter. Rent a storage building if you don’t have space to store off season clothing, sports equipment you’re not using, boxes of family photos and anything else you can do without. If you can, temporarily relocate pets to another location.

Update your kitchen and bath. Adding new appliances and fixtures to these high-traffic areas makes your home more desirable to buyers. Add a coat of light colored paint to your cabinets to make them look fresh. New cabinet doors and drawer hardware can update the look of the entire room.

Make your home smart. Today’s buyers are looking for features that make homes more convenient and energy-efficient. Smart-phone controlled thermostats, security systems, carbon monoxide detectors and lights are affordable upgrades buyers love.

Advertise it right. Have high-quality photos taken of your rooms, lots of them, to show buyers all your home’s best features. Make sure your listing shows up everywhere buyers shop, covering agent listing services, social media, and classified ads, and all applicable local outlets.

The Hire Realty team represents the finest properties in Westchester County. We know the market and understand what appeals to buyers from diverse backgrounds. We can help you get your home ready to sell, make sure you make the best first impression, and walk you through every step of the sales process. Contact us to find out how to get the best price for your home.

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