How to sell your house for the maximum price:
To sell your house for the maximum price is probably the most important outcome that yourself and every other homeowners wishes for. There are several areas of the house selling process that you can control to help sell your house quicker while achieving the maximum sales price possible. In this article you'll discover what improvements you can make that will increase the saleability of your house to help you not only sell your house faster but they will also assist you to sell your house for the maximum price.
Sell Your House Tip # 1: Make small improvements to your house
Making small, inexpensive improvements to your house will create a massive difference in the appeal of your house to potential buyers. And in most cases you can complete the improvements yourself thereby saving you more money, providing you have the time to do the work. Here are some ideas for minor house improvements within several budget ranges. Under $1000 (DIY) - Re-paint the house inside and out, mow lawns and cut back trees and plants, tidy up gardens, place fresh flowers throughout the house $1000 - $3000 - All of the above plus re-carpet/polish floors/re-tile, pressure clean paths, driveways and roof, plant new plants and shrubs, new prints on walls, small furniture items.
Sell Your House Tip # 2: Have an interior decorator decorate your house
If you're not sure what needs to be done to 'freshen up' your house or how to go about it, hiring an interior decorator is a great way to ensure your house presents well at sale time. For a couple of hundred dollars you can have an interior decorator come into your house and provide an assessment of what can be done to improve the cosmetic appeal of your house.
Sell Your House Tip # 3: Rent or buy display furniture while your house is on the market
To sell your house for the best price it's essential to either rent or buy new furniture for your house while it's on the market for sale. It is an excellent way to liven up your house and present it in the best possible light. Regardless of the style of your house, you could hire or buy modern, country or classic furniture to match the existing theme of your house. You'll be amazed at the difference it can make.
Renting furniture for an extended period of time can get expensive so depending on your budget you could choose to rent, buy expensive furniture (if you're selling an expensive house) or buy budget furniture from places like Ikea. Coupled with other cosmetic improvements to your house, new furniture can make an amazing difference to the appeal of your house.
Sell Your House Tip # 4: Improve the 'smell' of your house
Have you ever walked into a house where there is a smell, odour, stench that hits you as soon as you walk in the door? This doesn't just happen on older houses either; it could be an odour from a pet, cigarettes or even dirty laundry in new houses too. This can turn off buyers as soon as they walk in the door. Ways to overcome this type of situation is to have the house professionally cleaned, freshly paint walls and ceilings, air out the house, replace carpet or simply place pot puree around the house. Often, if you're living there you don't notice any odour because you're amongst it all the time. Remember, to sell your house for the maximum price you have to approach everything from the perspective of the buyer. They are your main priority when you're trying to sell your house, so make sure you go the extra mile and have it cleaned to avoid this type of situation.
Sell Your House Tip # 5: Add color to your house
By adding some simple color to your house you can create a completely different look and feel to your house. You can display fresh flowers around your house, paint feature walls, add new pot plants around the house and add color wall prints. On the outside of the house, you could paint the guttering to a livelier color or simply repaint the outside of the house for a huge impact.
Sell Your House Tip # 6: Get the best agent
Having the best real estate agent representing the sale of your house can literally be the difference between a quick, easy sale or a drawn out, frustrating situation. In order to have the best agent you'll need to interview several agents that you've sought out yourself. Before you begin to sell your house, in the weeks leading up to putting your house on the market take notice of which agents are selling houses in your area and who seems to have the lions share of listings and sold signs on their listed houses. Approach existing homeowners that have just sold their house and ask them about their experiences with their agent, they'll be more than happy to tell you. I can't empasize how important this one step is to sell your house for the maximum price.
Sell Your House Tip # 7: Market the house better
Generally it is the real estate agent that will provide direction in terms of marketing but one of the questions that you should ask prospective agents is what is his/her specific marketing plan to sell your house. Will they be doing open houses, print advertising, database marketing, flyers, the Internet or a combination of some or all of these methods? Ask them what type of results they've experienced using the various marketing methods for houses similar to your's that are located in the same area as yours.
Matt Adams is Author of the book: 9 Secrets to Sell Your House For More in Any Market. In his book Matt shows homeowners how to quickly and easily sell their house for the highest price in the shortest possible timeframe, it's so simple, anyone can do it.
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