Tips for maximizing your home sale

You’re not actually selling your house, your selling your kitchen – that’s how important it is. The benefits of remodeling your kitchen are endless, and the best part of it is that you’ll probably get 85% of your money back. It may be a few thousand dollars to replace countertops where a buyer may knock $10,000 off the asking price if your kitchen looks dated.

One of the most important things to do when selling your house is to de-personalize it.  The more personal stuff in your house, the less potential buyers can imagine themselves living there.  Get rid of a third of your stuff – put it in storage.  This includes family photos, memorabilia collections and personal keepsakes.

You might think a cuddly dog would warm the hearts of potential buyers, but you’d be wrong.  Not everyone is a dog-or-cat-lover.  Buyers don’t want to walk in your home and see a bowl full of dog food, smell the kitty litter box or have tufts of pet hair stuck to their clothes. Remove the pets and their belongings when a showing is scheduled.

Maximize the light in your home.  After location, good light is the one thing that every buyer cites that they want in a home. Do what you must do to make your house bright and cheery – it will make it more sellable.

Last, find out what your home is worth, then shave 5 to 10 percent off the price.  You’ll create buyer traffic – even in the worst markets – and they may even bid up the price over what it’s worth. 

Happy Selling!