10 Best Kept Secrets to Selling Your Home

We all have seen the shows – Property Brothers, Love it or List It, House Hunters and of course follow Fixer Upper’s Chip and Joanna on Instagram. But, what is really important to get the most out of your home selling process? Here are HGTV’s top 10 tips for selling your home, with some of our comments:

10. Price it right
A seasoned agent can help you price your home to sell quickly and for the most money. One strategy is to find that price, then shave 15-20 percent off. 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. 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.

9. Half-empty closets
Homes are much more appealing when they aren’t bursting with clothes, knickknacks and odds and ends. Think of your closets as showcasing how the potential buyer could us them, not as a place to cram everything you want to hide.

8. Light it up
Take down too-dark drapes, change lampshades and increase the wattage in your bulbs because today’s buyer wants it light and bright!

7. Play the agent field
Hiring the right Realtor makes all the difference in selling the quickest for the most money. Make sure you have an agent who has deep, hyper-local knowledge of your area of real estate and keeps their thumb on the pulse of what buyers are looking for.

6. Conceal the crittersdog
During open houses, take Fido (and any water/food bowls, litter boxes, etc.) with you. Many buyers get the impression your house is not clean when they see pets.

5. Don’t over-upgrade
Fixing up your home is always a good idea before you sell. But major renovations won’t get you the return on investment you need to make it worth your while. A new coat of on-trend paint is usually the BEST way to make your home look fresh!

4. De-personalize your home
Take down the family photos, collections and keepsakes. You want your buyer to take emotional possession of the home, and that can be tough if your wedding photos are all over “their” house.

3. The kitchen comes first

You’re not actually selling your house, you’re selling your kitchen – that’s how important it is! The benefits of remodeling your kitchen are endless, and the best part of it is that you’ll probably get 85 percent of your money back.

2. Always be ready to show
You never know if you’re getting a one-time shot with an interested buyer ready to pull the trigger and they only have a limited window to look at your home. Make it easy for your buyer!

1. The first impression is the only impression
Spruce up your home’s exterior with inexpensive shrubs and brightly colored flowers. You can typically get a 100 percent return on the money you put into your home’s curb appeal.

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