In the current Dallas housing market, sellers often make silly mistakes that would easily boost the value of their home and sell their houses more quickly and for top dollar. Don’t fall into this trap. Instead, follow these 10 best home seller tips and boost the appeal of your property to potential buyers.
1. Price Accurately
Want the best price on your home? Sometimes it is tempting to set the price high in an attempt to get top dollar, but when you do that you may be shooting yourself in the foot. If the price is too high for the property, buyers will typically recognize that and will be reluctant to put in an offer due to the fact that they’re seeing other properties in the same price range that offer more.
The other mistake is under listing your property in an attempt to generate a lot of interest and offers for your property. This tends to attract tons of offers, but often the offers may not be worth your time as they will reflect the selling price.
Both of these are unnecessary tactics. In the current market, listing your property at a well researched price can result in a great selling price. Often, buyers know that they have to be competitive if this is the house they love, so they will pull out all the stops to try and make you an offer you can’t refuse.
2. Don’t List Until You’re Ready to Sell
If you’re still in the process of replacing your roof or adding some fresh paint to the walls, don’t jump the gun and list your home. In the current sellers market, buyers will want to start seeing the property the moment it is listed, and if everything is not completely ready, the first viewers may not be impressed.
This also means you need to be ready to show your property as soon as it lists. So make sure your house is clean and pleasant!
3. Deep Clean
This seems like a no brainer, but far too often sellers try to skip this step. A sparkly clean home can make the world of difference in an average house. Cleaning your home well allows buyers to look past any dirt and grime to see all the potential it has for their lifestyle. This is a simple step that you can do yourself, or shell out a bit of money to have it professionally cleaned.
4. Check Your Curb Appeal
Is your house the only one on the block without grass? Is there tons of trash from some of the updates you’ve been doing laying in front of the house? Is your front door and porch covered in dirt and dust? These are super simple fixes that can make a world of difference. First impressions are everything and buyers immediately want to be proud of the home they buy. And even though these issues may not seem like a big deal, a lot of little problems can start to feel overwhelming to your potential buyers.
5. Stage Rooms
Still living in your home while you’re showing it? Most buyers don’t have much imagination, so leaving your rooms just as you live in them may not give them the help they need and can often make rooms feel small and unappealing.
Even if your furniture is nothing special, taking the time to declutter your belongings and perhaps renting some storage can make a huge difference. Clear out your rooms of all unnecessary furniture, clutter, and decorations. Stage each room with a few pieces to show how the rooms can be used. This may mean leaving a couch and bookshelf in the living room, a dining table and hutch in the dining room, and a desk in one of the multi-purpose rooms.
Pro tip: The best way to make small rooms and spaces feel bigger is by using small, light furniture. Avoid heavy, dark pieces in small spaces as it can give the illusion of tight quarters which is not a good look!
6. Host an Open House
Your goal is to garner multiple offers on your house, and what better way than to make it more easily accessible? Plan to hold an open house the weekend after you list your house for sale. Schedule the open house for a few hours on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon when most people will be available.
7. Fix Potential Issues Early
There are some things that you may be required to fix before a potential buyer can get the loan they need to purchase your house. Taking the time to fix these issues early on can save a lot of time down the road when you’re trying to get through the inspection and closing process for your house.
8. Provide a Complete Listing
Most buyers have a good idea of exactly what they’re looking for. Vague and incomplete listings may mean they skip your listing and move on to the next one, without fully understanding what all your property has to offer.
List all of the details you can, and provide a great description of your house. This can make it by far more appealing and can generate more interest and showings.
9. Have Professional Photos Taken
Photos can make all of the difference. Poor photos can be a huge turnoff to potential buyers, and no photos is often even worse. Buyers may wonder what you’re hiding if you don’t take the time to post images. And poor composition may make your home look small, dirty, and cluttered.
A professional photographer knows just how to capture the depth and light of each room in a way that makes it appealing and desirable. Because images are the very first impression buyers often get of your property, taking the time to make it seem worth their time to come look at the house can pay off big time.
10. Explore All Your Options
The traditional selling process may not be for you. It can often take weeks and months, even in this quick paced sellers market to finally close on your house. And it can also be a costly process.
Depending on your situation, you may not have months to sell your property or the money to cover all the costs. If this is the case, it may be worth your while to explore alternate options, like selling your house fast for cash.
By following these home seller tips you’re sure to be well on your way to selling your home for the best possible price and in the way that makes the most sense for your unique situation.
And if you’re ready to skip the tedious traditional home selling process, give us a call at 469-701-1666 or fill out our form and receive a written cash offer for your home within 24-hours!