Houses for Sale in a Competitive Market

In the present market where there are many houses for sale to choose from, it is of utmost importance that you make sure that your home is perfect so that potential buyers want to call it their own. You don’t need to put thousands of dollars into it, just enough to make it look amazing so that it will sell quicker. There are several areas that you should concentrate on to get the most bang for your buck.

The first thing you should do is get rid of all the excess clutter. Whether it be by donation, packing it up, having a garage sale, or by throwing it away, get rid of anything that you have not used in the past few months. This way the potential buyers see the space and the beauty of the house, not your stuff.

Once you have cleaned up the clutter, you should give it a thorough cleaning. You can either hire someone or you can do it yourself, but make sure that it gets cleaned well so it will look great for your first open house. As you clean it, you may notice some areas that need repairs that will need to be done before the house is open to potential buyers.

These repairs could include repairing any doors that don’t close properly and adjusting any cabinets and drawers that don’t close completely and replacing the handles. You may also need to replace any light bulbs that are burned out, re-caulk tubs and sinks as needed, and check for any cracks in the tiles as well as fill any holes or cracks in the walls, ceilings, and windows.

Another thing you can do to prepare your home to sell is to decorate it attractively. You must create a point that you want the potential buyers to focus on, such as a piece of furniture or a fireplace, then you want to add lighting so that you can get the maximum effect on that focal point. You may also want to add some fresh flowers or a few live plants so that it feels like a home. Put out your best bathroom linens and light some candles to give it an atmosphere of relaxation and romance. Also, add a few accessories that add to the ambiance of your home and set your table as though you are expecting company.

Finally, look at your home as guests look at it, starting from the outside as this is where the first impression by potential buyers occurs. Do any landscaping that is needed, paint it if needed, fix any cracks in the sidewalk, and wash the outside of the house, if it has siding. It must look better than all other houses for sale in your area.

By following these simple steps and performing regular maintenance you will sell your home faster. Once it has sold, you can choose your own new home from other houses for sale in the market where you desire to live.