The most important investment you will make in your home in order to sell it is time. You need to invest time fixing minor issues in your home, but also to research the world of real estate. It is people who have learned about real estate that tend to sell their properties for the highest amount. Some of the hints and tips collected by real estate professionals to help sell a home for top dollar are outlined below.
First, check the outside of your property. This is what buyers will first see and what will give them their first impression. So, start by cleaning up your garden and give your bushes and trees a good pruning. Look at your property through the eyes of a stranger and see whether or not it has any curb appeal. In most cases, increasing your curb appeal is simply down to tidying and cleaning a bit.
The next step, naturally, is to have the interior checked. Of course, you must make sure the whole house is clean and tidy. Also, do not be tempted to put up loads of air fresheners or scented candles. You may think they smell lovely, but others may not agree with you. Furthermore, heavy artificial scents may make potential buyers suspicious, making them think that you are trying to cover up something. Do make sure your home is also completely free of clutter. No matter how important your pictures and nicknacks are, they mean nothing to others and they stop them from really seeing the potential of your home. You need to make sure your property looks as big as it possibly can do, which means you need to get rid of items as much as possible from your walls, shelves, floor and so on. The exception to this rule is the mirror. Mirrors help to create an illusion of space. Also, do make sure that there is something hanging on your walls somewhere, because your home will appear hollow without it. Try things out a little bit, seeing what works and what doesn’t, and use your own common sense to get it right.
Last but not least, do a bit of research before you decide on a particular price. What you have to understand is that you will never get more than an asking price, which is therefore the maximum. You should work your hardest to make sure the sale price is as close to the asking price as possible. If your asking price is very high, you are unlikely to attract any buyers. At the same time, if you set a price that is too low, you will find suspicious buyers who expect that something is wrong with your home. Naturally, setting the price too low also means you hurt your own pockets, since you will never get more than the asking price.