7 Tips for Receiving Top Offers When Selling Your Home

A couple buys a home with a real estate agent

It is a sellers’ market right now. Homes in many areas are in high demand and are already selling for top dollar. However, even in a seller’s market, it is still wise to show your home in its best light to ensure your home sells quickly and for a high price. Use these tips to receive top offers when selling your home so you can move onto bigger and better things.

Remove Distractions

To prevent potential buyers from getting distracted, you should remove all personal memorabilia, such as family photos, collections, hobby items, and personal hygiene items. Your goal is to help prospective buyers visualize the space as their own. Clutter makes rooms look smaller and distracts buyers from seeing the beauty of the space. Instead, make your home look more prominent and more desirable by editing down to just the basics.

Define Each Room

Potential buyers need to imagine themselves living in your home, so they need to know the intended purpose of each room. When a buyer views an empty room, they have no way of knowing which room they are viewing. Show the potential buyer the purpose of each room by bringing in furniture and accessories to define the room.

Clean and Repair

Buyers are looking for a clean slate. You want every square inch to shine inside and out. So preparing your home for the market is the perfect time to tackle the tiny nicks, scuffs, scratches, and holes that may stand out to buyers.

Refresh the Kitchen and Bathrooms

These are the rooms that sell houses, so any improvements here can make a huge difference. For example, cabinets are highly visible to potential buyers because they are at eye level. For cabinets in good structural condition, a deep clean may be needed to get them in showing condition. If that fails, painting or refacing them is a much cheaper option than replacing them altogether. Reglazing outdated tile is another low-cost update that can dramatically improve the looks of these critical rooms.

Update the Fixtures

Making updates in light fixtures, bathroom fixtures, kitchen fixtures, doorknobs, and cabinet hardware will catch the eye of buyers. Fixtures go in and out of style pretty frequently and can easily make a beautiful home look dated.

Use Virtual Tools

The amount of time buyers have spent searching for homes online has been steadily increasing for years, but this practice sky-rocketed during the pandemic. Therefore, it is now essential to create a captivating online profile with professional photography and a complete video tour of your home.

Personalize the Listing

List all the little bells and whistles your home has to offer, like motion sensor lighting, irrigation system, alarm system, water filtration, composite decking, smart thermostat, camera doorbell, and many others. You never know what little perk will interest a buyer. Also, describe the benefits of your neighborhood and your community because location sells!

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10 Tips to Consider When Selling Your Home

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Preparing your home to sell will take some work, but the results will make a huge difference in how buyers perceive your home. Outside of the typical maintenance such as cleaning, de-cluttering, touch up painting, etc., we have 10 tips that can increase your chances of a successful home sale!

  1. Enlist a professional: Hiring a great real estate agent is key in selling your home faster and for a better price than doing it on your own. They know the area, what other homes in the neighborhood are going for, and have connections to listing sites and other sellers.
  2. Consider professional cleaning: Make the minimal investment and hire a professional cleaning company. Make sure the most common areas such as the kitchen and bathrooms are spotless. If your carpet could use a facelift, get them professionally cleaned.
  3. Clean up your landscape: Your yard will be one of the first things buyers will see when they pull up to your house. You don’t have to have the neighborhood yard of the month – just mow the lawn, trim the bushes and pour some mulch in the flowerbeds! Help a potential buyer imagine how nice their potential new home might look from the outside. The curb appeal uplift is worth it!
  4. Organize the entryway: Another opportunity to make a great first impression is to organize and tidy up your entryway. Add a small bench, entryway rug or small table with fresh cut flowers to jazz it up.
  5. Address all odors: Smell is powerful and can make or break a home sale. Buyers aren’t impressed if they are walking into a stinky home. We suggest using odor-eliminating soy candles and carpet fresheners. Toss some cookies in the oven or grind a lemon in the garbage disposal.
  6. Remove pets during showings: Remove pets and pet odor when showing your home. Having evidence of your pet, including their odors can kill a home sale, especially if a potential buyer has a pet allergy.
  7. Remove personal items: When arranging your home to appeal to buyers, it is important to remove personal items from the home. This may include personal pictures, knick-knack collections, children’s artwork, etc.
  8. Check drains and repair leaky faucets: Clogged drains and leaky faucets won’t leave a good impression on prospective buyers. Be sure drains are clear of clogging debris and faucets are leak-free.
  9. Clean curtains: These dust magnets can turn off prospective buyers. Make sure curtains are clean and fresh.
  10. De-clutter closets: Storage is always at the top of the list when prospective buyers are house hunting. Remove at least half of the inventory (or everything) from closets, drawers and cabinets.

We understand your goal is to successfully sell your home. Consider these 10 tips and you should be on your way! Be sure to check out website for other useful articles about selling and moving. Zippy Shell looks forward to being a worthwhile partner in your new adventure, whether you are moving to a new home or just need storage while staging your current home. Give us a call today at 888-947-7974 or check out our website for a free quote.

The Best Ways to Sell Your House When You Have Pets

Dog under a blanket

Many buyers and sellers of homes are pet owners. However, marketing your home as one that is full of pets does not appeal to all buyers. A buyer will want to picture themselves living in your home, and if there are clear signs of a pet previously living there such as pet fur or pet smells, it may cause them to stray away from purchasing your home. During your open house, your home should appear as if a pet had never lived there at all. Use these tips to help hide your pets’ evidence as you put it on the market!

Depersonalize your home

Throughout the process of cleaning your home, you are going to remove a lot of personal items that sit in plain sight. This also applies to any of your pet’s items. This includes water and food bowls, beds, toys, and anything else that belongs to your pet. Put all of these belongings into a bin and store them for the duration of your open house.

Remove all signs of a pet

Although you may think your pet has not done anything to change your home, to fresh eyes, it can be more noticeable what the differences are. Get rid of that pet smell you have grown so used to by cleaning your entire home with these tips!

Find a pet sitter

Even if you have the most well-behaved pet in the world, a buyer will not want to interact with it while they are looking for a new home to buy. Before having an open house, make sure that you have somewhere to keep your pet for a few hours. Ask a neighbor or family member if they could take your pet in during this time. Avoid leaving your pet in your backyard for this duration of time, as the heat may be dangerous if it is outside for too long. If you can’t find a pet sitter, do not attempt to hide your pet. Simply leave your pet in a secure room in a kennel.

Use Zippy Shell

After you have used these tips to help sell your home, contact Zippy Shell to help you with your move! We can service moves of many sizes, and even offer storage options if you need it. Check out Zippy Shell’s storage options to store some of your belongings to make your home more spacious while you are hosting an open house. Contact us today for a free quote and see how we can make moving and storage simple for you!