House Selling Tips For Arizona Homeowners

If you’re a homeowner and want to sell your house fast – here are some of the best house selling tips to consider:

(1) You only have one chance to give a first impression:
No matter how good the interior of your home looks, buyers have already judged your home before they walk through the door. There is never a second chance to make a good first impression. It’s important to make people feel welcome and safe as they approach the house. Spruce up your home’s exterior with inexpensive shrubs and brightly colored flowers. You can typically get a 100-percent return on the money you put into your home’s curb appeal. Entryways are also important. You use it as a utility space for your coat and keys. But, when you’re selling, make it welcoming by putting in a small bench, a vase of fresh-cut flowers or even some cookies.

(2) Price your home right:
Find out what your home is worth with comparable home sales in your immediate area in the past 6 months, then shave 10% – 15% off the price. You’ll be stampeded by buyers with multiple bids — even in slow markets — and they’ll likely bid up the price over what it’s worth. It takes real courage and most sellers just don’t want to risk it, but it’s the single best strategy to sell a home in today’s market.

(3) Half-full closets:
Storage is something every buyer is looking for and can never have enough of. Take half the stuff out of your closets then neatly organize what’s left in there. Buyers will snoop, so be sure to keep all your closets and cabinets clean and tidy.

(4) Make it Light & Cheery:
Maximize the light in your home. After location, good light is the one thing that every buyer cites that they want in a home. Take down the drapes, clean the windows, change the lampshades, increase the wattage of your light bulbs and cut the bushes outside to let in sunshine. At night, perhaps install some landscape lightning and be sure that your front entry is well lit. Making your home bright and cheery will make your home more appealing and sellable.

(5) Conceal your pets:
Not everybody is a dog- or cat-lover, in addition to the fact that some people are allergic to dogs and/or cats. Buyers don’t want to smell the kitty litter box or have tufts of pet hair stuck to their clothes. Use carpet freshner to get rid of any smell or trace of your pets. Otherwise, it will give buyers the impression that your house is not clean. If you’re planning an open house, send your pets to a friends house or a pet hotel for the day.

(6) Don’t over-upgrade:
Quick fixes before selling always pay off. Mammoth makeovers, not so much. You probably won’t get your money back if you do a huge improvement project before you put your house on the market, in addition to the added time and expense that goes with it. Instead, do updates that will pay off and get you top dollar. Get a new fresh coat of paint on the walls. Clean the curtains or go buy some inexpensive new ones. Replace door handles, cabinet hardware, make sure closet doors are on track, fix leaky faucets and clean the grout. Refresh your landscaping, mow and trim the lawn, straighten up the garage and de-clutter everywhere possible.

(7) Always be ready to show
Your house needs to be “show-ready” at all times because you will never know when your buyer is going to walk through the door. You have to be available whenever they want to come see the place and it has to be in tip-top shape. Don’t leave dishes in the sink, keep the dishwasher cleaned out, the bathrooms sparkling and make sure there are no dust bunnies in the corners. Its a little extra work every week to do this, but the added effort will pay off and will eliminate the need to rush clean the whole house in an hour or two.

(8) De-personalize your home
One of the most important things to do when selling your house is to de-personalize it. The more personal stuff in your house, the less potential buyers can imagine themselves living there. Get rid of at least 25% – 35% of your stuff – put it in storage, have a garage sale, donate it, or just toss what you don’t need or use anymore. This includes family photos, memorabilia collections and personal keepsakes. Perhaps consider using a home staging company to maximize the full potential of your home. Staging simply means arranging your furniture to best showcase the floor plan and maximize the use of space. When potential buyers walk through your house, you want to give them as many opportunities as possible to say “wow!”.

(9) Your kitchen is one of the most valuable rooms in your home:
You may be thinking that you are selling your home, but in reality, you’re selling your kitchen!  Seriously, that is how important it is. the benefits of remodeling your kitchen are huge and you’ll likely recoup at least 85% – 90% of the cost back (as long a you don’t over do it).  It may be a few thousand dollars to replace countertops where a buyer may knock $10,000 off the asking price if your kitchen looks dated. The fastest, most inexpensive kitchen updates include painting, new cabinet hardware and new sink faucet. Use a neutral-color paint so you can present buyers with a blank canvas where they can start envisioning their own style. If you have a little money to spend, buy one fancy stainless steel appliance. Why one? Because when people see one high-end appliance they think all the rest are expensive too and it updates the kitchen.

(10) Comfortable and cozy:
Especially in Arizona, you want to keep you house nice and cool in the Summer, and warm in the winter. Walking into a house that is not comfortable is a big turn-off and will make the potential buyer want to leave sooner rather than later. Crank up the AC in the spring though fall months, set it in the mid-high 70’s so people feel refreshed and want to stay.

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