You’ll sell your house faster — and for more money — if you avoid these common pitfalls.
You Will Need
- A thorough housecleaning
- An open mind
- Home improvements
Hide all evidence that you own animals. Just because your potential buyer loves his own pets doesn’t mean he wants a house that reeks of yours. Get rid of pet stains and odors (pay a professional if you have to) and send the four-legged family members to a neighbor’s house when you show your home.
Think carefully before you reject the first offer on your home; studies show it is usually the highest bid you get. And the longer you hold out for a better offer, the lower your chances are of getting it, because people start to think that something must be wrong with a house that’s been on the market for so long.
To attract the most buyers, list your home a few thousand dollars below a major round number. If you’re hoping to get about $200,000, for example, list it as $199,000, not $205,000. You don’t want to miss out on buyers who have set $200,000 as their cutoff point.
Rid your home of all your treasured personal touches — family photos, the kids’ artwork on the fridge, religious artifacts, bowling trophies, your ceramic pig collection, the shrine to Elvis. They will only make it more difficult for potential buyers to imagine themselves in your home.
Most realtors say that the kitchen is the room most likely to attract — or repel — a potential buyer.