A successful home sale

While some continue to dream of buying a home that they will be able to keep for the rest of their lives, the reality is that more people are moving than ever before. According to recent findings from the website for the Census Bureau, the average American can expect to move approximately 11.7 times in their lifespan.

If you are willing to embrace this reality, then you need to develop an understanding of how to have a successful home sale. While more people might be moving than ever before, while also moving with greater frequency, the fact remains that selling your home can be intensely stressful. Thankfully, when it comes to something like how to sell a house, there are a number of things you can do that will make things easier on you.

To begin with, make sure you hire an experienced, licensed real estate agent. This is going to be someone who will prove to be an invaluable ally, as you move through the various requirements that go with selling your home.

Why Pricing Your Home Properly Matters

One of the most consistent challenges facing homeowners, particularly those who are selling for the first time, involves pricing the home. It’s all about finding that perfect number. Price too low, and you can potentially lose out on some significant money. Price too high, and selling your home can suddenly become next to impossible.

Consider how much you’d like to make. Don’t be greedy. Once you’re confident in the current condition of your home, have the house appraised. You may also want to get an appraisal of your neighborhood, particularly in terms of how houses similar to yours might have recently fared on the market. Combine all of this with any advice your real estate agent might give you, and you should have a clear idea of the best approach to pricing your home.

Even so, keep in mind that you may need to alter your price, at some point. This will largely depend on how well the market is doing.

Get Rid Of The Clutter!

Staging your home involves juggling a number of particulars. The sheer volume of work that can be involved in staging a home successfully can be enough to tire anyone out, before they even get started. However, you can make things a little easier on yourself by understanding that in the end, everything comes down to creating the most neutral space possible.

You want to have a space that people can visit, look over, and imagine themselves owning with relative ease. To that end, you’re going to want to take steps to declutter your house as much as possible. You can begin by clearing away garbage. This can include old magazines/newspapers, plastic bags, and anything else that just doesn’t need to be there. From there, you will want to begin removing as many personal possessions as possible, while still maintaining your own comfort levels. Clear away the personal mementos, decorative items, and anything else that just doesn’t need to be in your house. Use this opportunity to get started on packing up for your upcoming move.

Ask yourself the following: What can I do with my home, that will make it easy for potential buyers to see themselves living there? As you keep this question in mind, decluttering your home will prove to be much easier than you might have suspected.

Items that are deeply sentimental to you need to be put away whenever possible. The same can be said for items that are deeply specific to a certain niche group. If you have any pets, you’ll want to have them boarded or staying with someone, prior to showing off your house. You will also want to make sure any traces of the pet have been removed, as well.

You want a potential buyer to feel like a homeowner, rather than like a mere guest. If you want to keep art or decorative items up, keep things as generic as possible. We’re talking about pictures of nature scenes for the walls, or perhaps, something along the lines of a bowl of fruit for the kitchen table/island.

When you’ve successfully decluttered/depersonalized, you’ll know it. You will be able to watch your potential buyers study the neutral spaces carefully, as their imaginations begin to show them what the house would look like with their furnishings in the home.

Lighting Is Important, Too!

All of the above tips are designed to create open, beautiful, and neutral spaces. Good lighting will continue to make that goal a reality.

The first thing you’ll want to do is clean up the existing lights, windows, and mirrors that make up your home. You may find that in terms of enhancing the lighting, this is the only thing you need to do. Cleaning your lights can accomplish a great deal.

However, if you want to do a little more, there are a couple of things you can try. Consider having your current lightbulbs replaced with brighter ones, such as CFLs. While these might be a little pricier than what you are used to, they will provide long-lasting, formidable brightness throughout your home.

Finally, if you’re still not happy with the brightness in your home, you may want to consider buying a few additional lamps. Remember that there can be such a thing as too much brightness. Check with your real estate agent, if you’re not sure if your home is too bright, or if it is not bright enough.

How To Make The Most Out Of Curb Appeal

With so much work being done on the interior of your home, it’s easy to forget about the exterior. However, it’s important to remember that in a roundabout way, your curb appeal is kind of like your house introducing itself to a potential buyer.

And you only get one chance to make a first impression.

Keeping the above thought in mind, look for ways to enhance the curb appeal of your home. While you don’t want to drop a ton of money into enhancing/improving the exterior of your home, discuss your range of options with your real estate agent. At the same time, understand that after a certain point, in terms of investing in selling your home, you’re only going to get so much of that investment back. You can still consider such possibilities as landscaping, painting the house, fixing/replacing/cleaning the windows, and making sure all of the exterior hardware (your doorbell, the doorknobs, and so forth) retain a seamless marriage of both form and function.

Again, you may not need to do all of those things. You may not even want to, in terms of investing more time and money than you frankly have to give. However, it is also important to keep in mind that if you don’t have strong curb appeal, a lot of potential buyers won’t make it past your driveway. Your exterior needs to supplement your interior in the best way possible.

In the end, all of these simple tips for selling your home will come down to planning. Take your time, consider your options, and stay patient in selling your home.  Keeping all of the above suggestions in mind will go a long way towards helping you succeed.