1. Set the price right. One of the biggest mistakes sellers can make is to set the selling price too high. You’ll never recapture the momentum that is generated when your home is first placed on the market. Your real estate agent will be able to provide market comparables to help you set the most competitive price for your home.
2. Help buyers begin to place their belongings by moving out many of your personal items, such as bric-a-brac and family photos.
2. Make minor repairs. Fixing items, such as cracked window panes or a loose handrail can help potential buyers see your home in the most favorable light.
3. Curb appeal is important. Mow the grass, trim trees and bushes, get rid of any items that shouldn’t be in the yard, and create a nice outdoor space.
4. Make sure your home looks its best, both inside and out. A fresh coat of paint on the front door, replacing loose gutters or even replacing outdated faucets can all help your home look more attractive.
5. Consider replacing older appliances. Many buyers make a purchasing decision based on the kitchen. A new stove, refrigerator or dishwasher not only makes the kitchen more inviting, but can also help prospective buyers see themselves preparing meals in this space.
6. Brighten up dull or dingy areas. A new coat of paint in the foyer or family room can make these areas look bright and welcoming.
7. Windows can make a dramatic impact on any room. Replacing faded or heavy curtains and drapes with something light and airy can help create a space that seems more open.
8. Consider purchasing a home warranty. Many buyers are worried about purchasing a home only to discover that they’re hit with a huge bill for appliances that breakdown or other home repairs that are needed shortly after closing. A home warranty can be very attractive to prospective buyers.
9. Make sure that the windows and eaves are clean. Smudges on the windows or cobwebs and wasp nests in the eaves are not going to help buyers see themselves living in your home.
10. It may seem cliché, but small touches, such as baking a batch of cookies can provide a homey touch that will make your home seem more comfortable and relaxing.