Guilderland, NY – If you’re looking to put your home on the market, make sure it’s ready to sell. Host of HGTV’s “Rehab Addict”, Nicole Curtis, gives four inexpensive insider tricks to help market your home and get the best price.
SELLING SECRET #1 – THE FIRST IMPRESSION IS THE ONLY IMPRESSION
In today’s digital age, people are checking out your home online before even driving by. Maximize your digital presence by asking your realtor to post as many photos as the listing website will allow, and adding photos of decorative accents throughout the home, such as flowers or updated hardware.
With your home’s exterior being the first photo potential buyers will see, take an afternoon to spruce it up before snapping photos. Add vibrant flowers, inexpensive shrubs and get that lawn freshly mowed.
“Twenty dollars of fresh flowers makes a huge difference,” Curtis says.
SELLING SECRET #2 – TAKE THE HOME OUT OF YOUR HOUSE
Those photo frames lined up in your living room featuring your family’s smiling faces? Take some of them down.
“You want people to focus on your home, not your pictures,” Curtis says. “If you have family photos up, they will stare at your photos all day long and not pay attention to anything else.”
Also store away memorabilia collections, personal keepsakes and tone down any themed bedrooms, which can be distracting if they are not the potential buyer’s taste.
“Themed bedrooms are not a good selling point,” Curtis says.
SELLING SECRET #3 – THE KITCHEN COMES FIRST
Kitchens will make or break a sale, so consider updating yours before putting the home on the market. Curtis says that with Kitchen upgrades, you will most likely get 85 percent of your money back, and renovations eliminate a buyer’s negotiating points (they may ask you to knock $10,000 off the price because the Kitchen needs updating).
To make the Kitchen look fresh without draining the bank account, consider adding a fresh coat of neutral colored paint and new hardware to dated cabinets. If you do have a little bit of cash to spend in this area, Curtis recommends adding at least one stainless steel appliance to give the kitchen a high-end look.
SELLING SECRET #4 – HALF EMPTY THE CLOSETS
Storage sells, but packed closets make it look like your home doesn’t have much room for a buyers’ things. Showcase your closets by taking half of your belongings out of the closets, then neatly organizing what remains. Another nice touch is to swap out cheap plastic hangers for wood ones, as they give a high-end look to closets.
“The key to selling your home is about 32 Rubbermaid containers,” Curtis says. “The time to pack is before you list your home.”
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