As a seller you obviously want to get the most for your property as you can. While you will be unlikely to garner a great deal more than other properties in your immediate area have fetched, due in part to appraisal methods, there are still some things you can do to ensure the best selling price possible.
First, consider the first impression that a potential buyer faces when viewing your property. That encompasses that which they observe in the first 30 to 60 seconds. Studies have shown that subconsciously a buyer will eliminate a home just that quickly and then it makes no difference what lies beyond that. Therefore, take the time to spruce up your front landscaping, paint that faded planter by the door, repair the weather stripping around the front door, and be sure that first scent inside the door is pleasant. Never let potential buyers enter the home via a dark, bare side door or through the garage unless it is a solid showcase of a garage.
Second, fix every visible problem that you can. It is better to be repaired than to idly announce that you will take care of it before closing. Additionally, do not discuss any repairs as knowing about a recent repair can give the buyer an uneasy feeling about whether the repair was done properly rather than just a “band-aid” to a bigger problem. Try to think about how the buyer may read between the lines. For example, you may think it is great that you repaired a leak in the roof, while the buyer hears, “small repair today means the roof is failing.”
Use Neutral Appearances
Last, make any appearance changes that will make the property appeal to a greater number of potential buyers. You may love that bright orange colored wall paint, but if more people will prefer an earth-tone than you may be wise to re-paint.
These steps and any others that enable the buyer to see themselves as residents in the house will ensure the best possible selling price. You want to make it the home they simply cannot walk away from. You do that, and you’ve got them!