Play the agent field- Make sure you have a broker who is totally informed. Find a broker who embraces technology – a tech-savvy one has many tools to get your house sold. A secret sale killer is hiring the wrong broker!
Pricing it right- Find out what your home is worth, shave 15 to 20 percent off the price. It takes real courage and most sellers just don’t want to risk it, but it’s the single best strategy to sell a home in today’s market. You’ll be stampeded by buyers with multiple bids — even in the worst markets — and they’ll bid up the price over what it’s worth.
The first impression- No matter how good the interior of your home looks, buyers have already judged your home before they walk through the door. It’s important to make people feel warm, welcome and safe as they approach the house. Entryways are important. make it welcoming by putting in a small bench, a vase of fresh-cut flowers or even some cookies.
Always be ready to show- you never know when your buyer is going to walk through the door. You have to be available whenever they want to come see the place and it has to be "show-ready" at all times make sure there are no dust bunnies in the corners. Don’t leave dishes in the sink, and the bathrooms sparkling
Take the home out of your house- The more personal stuff in your house, the less potential buyers can imagine themselves living there. Get rid of a third of your stuff – put it in storage. This includes family photos, memorabilia collections and personal keepsakes. One of the most important things to do when selling your house is to de-personalize it.
The kitchen comes first- Use a neutral-color paint so you can present buyers with a blank canvas where they can start envisioning their own style. You’re not actually selling your house, you’re selling your kitchen – that’s how important it is. The fastest, most inexpensive kitchen updates include painting and new cabinet hardware.
Don’t over-upgrade- You probably won’t get your money back if you do a huge improvement project before you put your house on the market. Instead, do updates that will pay off and get you top dollar. Quick fixes before selling always pay off. Clean the curtains or go buy some inexpensive new ones. Replace door handles, cabinet hardware, make sure closet doors are on track, fix leaky faucets and clean the grout. Get a new fresh coat of paint on the walls.
Conceal the critters- Not everybody is a dog- or cat-lover. Buyers don’t want to walk in your home and see a bowl full of dog food, smell the kitty litter box or have tufts of pet hair stuck to their clothes. It will give buyers the impression that your house is not clean. You might think a cuddly dog would warm the hearts of potential buyers, but you’d be wrong.
Light it up- good light is the one thing that every buyer cites that they want in a home. Take down the drapes, clean the windows, change the lampshades, increase the wattage of your light bulbs and cut the bushes outside to let in sunshine. Maximize the light in your home.
Empty your closets- Storage is something every buyer is looking for and can never have enough of. Buyers will snoop, so be sure to keep all your closets and cabinets clean and tidy.