It’s spring, the busiest time of year when it comes to buying and selling real estate. If you want to sell your home, make sure your house looks its best during these next few months. Since I have a background in real estate, I thought I would share some important tips that are easy to carry out but are often overlooked. Here are 4 tips to help your home sell:
Fix your front yard.
Are the bushes out front bigger than your house? If so, they definitely need a trim or need to be removed all together. No one wants to buy your house if they can’t see it. Landscaping can be the most important detail to sell your home. Why? Your front yard is the first impression of your home. Make it a good first impression. That means you should mow your lawn, paint your front door, and clean up any dirty spots. Once the cleanup is done, ask yourself: “If I didn’t live here, would I want to go knock on the front door?”
Clean up pet smells.
No one wants to buy a house that smells like a cat or any other animal. If you own a pet – a dog, cat, or house pig (yes, some people have pigs as pets) – be sure to really clean your house. Get rid of any hair and smells that your beloved pet leaves behind. Be sure to give old carpet a good cleaning since it can trap in bad smells.
Clear out the clutter.
Be sure to pick up personal items and your kid’s toys. Having stuff lying around your house distracts buyers and makes your house look messy. Put your stuff in plastic bins and store them in your garage or shed. You want to keep your closets clean. Buyers love lots of storage space so your closets can be a big selling point.
Get a great real estate agent.
This is the best advice I can give to sellers. A great agent will give you even more tips that can sell your house faster.
If you follow these 4 tips, you can bet an offer on you home won’t be far behind!
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