No one wants their home to sit on the market for more than a few days. If that happens, people may start to ask questions and wonder if it has any flaws that they don’t know about. Therefore, it is in your best interest to take steps to ensure that your house appeals to buyers and entices someone to make an offer almost as soon as it is listed. What are some steps that you can take to ensure that this happens?
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Make Sure That the House is Clean
The first step is to make sure that the house is clean. This may mean hiring professional cleaners who will conduct a thorough house cleaning from top to bottom. They will make sure that the windows are washed, the rugs are vacuumed, and that the baseboards are free from dust and grime. Your kitchen and bathroom will shine, which is important because those are two of the most important rooms of the house for a buyer.
Furthermore, you won’t have to worry about any odd smells in the bedroom or the lingering smells of cat or dog odor. While you may be used to your pets and the way that they smell, it can be overwhelming for an untrained nose. Hiring a cleaning company that knows how to remediate strange odors is needed. Although a buyer won’t fault you for having pets, they will want to know that the house will be clean because that makes it easier when it comes time to move in.
Have Your Furniture and Sheets Professionally Cleaned
A trip to the cleaners may be necessary if you don’t think that you can get your couch cushions cleaned just by spraying a Febreze on them. A cleaner will make sure that any surface-level stains are removed in addition to any stains that may be present within the fibers themselves. This can get rid of substances within the product that could lead to mold or mildew growth if not taken care of.
Even if you cannot see any mold or mildew on your couch or on the sheets that you put on your bed prior to showing the home, it could still pose problems for buyers and for anyone within the home. First, it may result in a foul odor that you will not be able to hide. Second, mold can get in the air and cause serious health hazards that will make it nearly impossible to sell your home or get anything close to your asking price.
Have a Handyman Make Any Necessary Repairs
Before you list your house for sale, make sure that any large repairs are made. For instance, if you know that there is a water leak in the attic, it is critical that you have that fixed as it could impact your ability to sell the house and the selling price of the house. A professional should also check for rodents or any other pest infestation whether you think one is present or not.
When it comes to termites and other bugs, you may not notice them unless you look for them. You can rest assured that the buyer will conduct such an inspection, so it isn’t something that won’t be found out at some point. It’s better to do it now and resolve any issues as opposed to finding out about it before closing and possibly derailing the transaction.
Get Your Home Staged to Sell
When a buyer walks into your home, they want to get a good idea as to what it may look like when they move in. Therefore, you should stage the home to show it off to anyone who looks at it. For instance, the kitchen should look like someone would want to eat dinner with the family while the living room should have a couch and a television in it.
You should also make sure to show off any natural sources of light that make the room brighter and more inviting. By staging the home, you show that you care about the details and that the house has been maintained properly. This will resonate with buyers who will be more likely to invest in a home that has been cared for and will present fewer problems when they buy it.
Be Reasonable When it Comes to Accepting Offers
You don’t want to be too strict when it comes to the types of offers that you receive. In some cases, you will receive offers from first-time buyers and others who may request sellers’ concessions from you. While you don’t need to offer any concessions if you have multiple offers, it may be in your best interest to do so. It will engender goodwill between yourself and the buyer, and it may make it easier to negotiate other deal points as they come up. For instance, you may agree to concessions in exchange for the deal proceeding with or without an inspection.
Listen to Your Agent When It Comes to Pricing
One of the easiest ways to keep your home on the market longer than you would like is to ignore your real estate agent. This person will have a wealth of tips and other knowledge that will help you sell your home faster. He or she will have access to recent home sales and the information within them that will help you get your house off of the market quickly. For instance, your agent may use recent home sales to determine how much your home is worth. While you may not like the suggested selling price, you have to work with what the market gives you. Otherwise, you may find that you have to hold on to the house until market conditions change and you get what you want.
If you are unsure about how to prepare your house for sale, the best advice is to make sure that your house is immaculate. This means cleaning it inside and out, having repairs made and pricing it to sell. Taking those steps and others recommended by your agent can have you out of your current home and into a new one as soon as possible.