Tips for Selling Your Home

When you’re in the process of moving, buying and selling are highly stressful. With so many things to keep track of, selling your home takes time and effort. Here’s a guide to some tips to help sell your home more smoothly and quickly.

Hire an Experienced Real Estate Agent

Tips for Selling Your HomeAlthough it’s tempting to sell your home yourself, having a skilled, experienced real estate agent help you makes all the difference. A local agent who knows the market inside and out can help you sell your home efficiently and for more money. They will help you set a fair and competitive selling price for your home, negotiate sales on your behalf, handle any problems or issues that arise during the selling process, and are familiar with all the paperwork involved. The best agents are the ones who have your best interests at heart, such as Taylor Walcik. An Addison Specialist Top Realtor, Taylor Walcik specializes in North Dallas real estate, living and working in the North Dallas Corridor and Addison, where he understands the local market.

Clean and Declutter Your Home

A dirty house is one of the most unattractive things to potential buyers, as they have

Tips for Selling Your Home

a hard time imagining themselves moving in if trash and clutter are in the way. If you cannot clean everything yourself, hire a company to do a deep cleaning of every room. Key places to clean while your home is on the market include: 

  • Kitchen countertops
  • Windows, inside and out
  • Bathroom counters, showers, tubs, and toilets
  • Inside closets
  • Floors and room corners where dust collects
  • Scuffed walls, baseboards, and doors
  • Inside cabinets and appliances
  • Shelves
  • Basement and garage

Up Your Curb Appeal

Tips for Selling Your Home

You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression – curb appeal matters. A new mailbox or freshly painted door breathes new life into your house. Add nutrient-rich mulch around trees and bushes to showcase your lawn. Tidy up flower beds, trim trees and bushes, remove dead leaves from plants, cut the grass, clear cobwebs from nooks and crannies, and pressure-wash walkways, decks, and patios. To add the final bit of charm, add a couple of bright potted plants by the front door to make buyers feel welcome. If prospective buyers drive by at night, leave the outdoor lights on.

Take Professional Listing Photos

Many prospective buyers first see homes online, so high-quality, eye-catching photos are essential. If your listing photos don’t show off the features of your home, buyers may reject it without even going to an open house or taking a tour. Hire a professional photographer to take and post at least 30 photos of your home, inside and out. Some factors to keep in mind are:

  • Early morning or early evening light (also known as the golden hour)
  • More than one perspective of each room
  • Logical order, starting with an attractive exterior shot
  • Supplemental lighting (when needed)
  • Wide-angle shots to give an idea of what the entire room looks like

Make Necessary Updates

Determining which home improvements to invest in can be daunting, and the costs can add up quickly. The key isTips for Selling Your Home to spend your money on projects that will provide the most return on your investment. Do a walk-through of your house, inside and out, and make a list of anything that needs updating and renovating. Minor problems – such as dents in the drywall, chips in the paint, loose pieces of sliding, etc. – are easy to fix and inexpensive. As for the bigger items, anything that would raise a red flag in a home inspection is better off being upgraded now to increase the value of your home. If certain rooms look dated, consider renovating the kitchen and bathrooms. These “money rooms” add the most value to a house and stick out in the minds of potential buyers. 

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