You’re trying to sell your home, and you want the best possible price for it. Lucky for you, home values have been on a high in recent years. In 2019 alone, 5.3 million existing homes were sold. This means that the price you originally paid for your home may have gone up in value, which is great news for you! The higher the values, the higher the price you can name for your home, which equals big profits.
However, you don’t have to wait until your home value goes to the high heavens, as there are tips in which you can sell your home at a good profit.
Give Your Home a Good Cleaning
Before you put your home on the market, the one thing that you have to do is give your home a nice cleaning. Now, when we say “nice cleaning,” you don’t have to give it a spring cleaning, but it would help to make your home clean and presentable for potential buyers. You want the potential home buyer to think of themselves living in the home, and that’s quite hard to do if the home is not clean. So cleaning the inside of your home is important, but you should make sure the outside of your home is taken care of as well.
If your home has sidings, you will want to hire a power washing service to come and give your sidings a nice clean. If you have sidings that are either damaged or missing, you can call a siding service to come in a make some repairs. As much as you want the inside of your home to look good, give the same amount of attention to the outside of your house as well.
The landscape around your house is always the first thing potential homebuyers will see before they even enter the home for a tour.
As the old saying goes, it’s important to be a great first impression, and the way to do that is to make sure that the landscaping around your house is looking sharp. Make sure that your home’s landscaping is up to par, first by making sure the grass is cut. Nobody likes to look at a yard that resembles the Amazon, so make sure that it’s cut and the weeds are kept at bay.
Also, if you have trees around the house, don’t ignore those as well. It’s not wise to climb on a tree and trim them yourself, which is why you should call tree care services to come out and give your trees some TLC. To spruce up the landscaping, make sure your flowerbed is vibrant and looking neat and looking nice. As we said earlier, first impressions matter.
Keep the Clutter Away
No one likes a home that’s cluttered. Clutter not only looks unappealing, but it also cuts down on the space of a house, which matters greatly when it comes to house value. The more space a house has, the more valuable your home becomes, and that can fetch a pretty penny on the real estate market. Make sure that you de-clutter your home to make it a lot more spacious and increase your square footage.
De-cluttering makes a huge difference for a smaller house, as increasing the space will bring more value than what that space might go for on the market. This is the difference de-cluttering your home can be, so get cleaning!
Update Your Kitchen Appliances
You don’t want to have tired kitchen appliances as the first sight a homebuyer would see. So make sure that you get a quick kitchen renovation that will swap out your old kitchen for a more modern one. You may need to apply for loans to get the renovation, but you should be able to make your money back once you sell your home. An updated kitchen will add tremendous value to your home, so you may need to explore this.
Installing Window Treatments or Awnings
After a potential homeowner sees the landscape, the next thing they’ll train their eyes on is the exterior of the house. At this point, you’ll want to make sure that your windows look great so that it can sell at a better price. Little things like fixing the window awning and giving your windows a little TLC adds up to a nice profit. Case in point: Never overlook the little things when selling your house.
Repair That Driveway
Remember when we said you need to pay attention to the little things? Well, another one of those little things is the driveway. A bad driveway can bring down some of the value of your house and will also make it a bit unappealing for potential homebuyers. Make sure that the driveway looks nice by hiring a paving contractor to come in a re-pave your driveway in bad shape. You don’t want one of the first impressions of your house to potential buyers being a broken driveway.
Bring Light Into Your House
A dark, drab home isn’t appealing to potential homebuyers.
Believe it or not, one of the minor details homebuyers pay attention to is the lighting. In fact, according to HGTV, most potential homebuyers say that good lighting is what they want in a home. So if your home is normally a bit dim, bring some light into the home by taking down the drapes, changing the light bulbs, and switching out the lampshades to bring light into your home.
Also, you’ll want to make sure your windows are clean so that natural light can filter into the home. A bright home brings warmth and comfort, two things that will certainly raise your home’s value and put you on the road to a nice profit.
Don’t Sleep on Half-Empty Closets
Here’s a little secret tip for getting your house to sell at a nice profit: half-empty closets. Now, you’re probably thinking to yourself how does a half-empty closet contribute to the value of your home? Well, it helps in two key areas: space and cleanliness.
A half-empty closet can enhance your home’s square footage, making even more space out of your house. As we mentioned earlier, the more space you can make in your home, the more value it has, and having half-empty closets add space to your home’s square footage. The second, cleanliness, gives off the sense that you are a clean homeowner.
Potential homebuyers love to nit-pick their potential new house, so you’ll want to clear out half of your closet space, and organize what’s left behind. Now, you have a clean, organized closet that potential buyers will love.
Update Your Plumbing
Your plumbing is one of the most, if not the most important for your house. It funnels the water in your home, and if there is a problem with the plumbing, it could cause a whole lot of problems within your home. You don’t want to off-load plumbing problems to the potential homeowner, who will certainly be turned off by those problems. Before you put your home on the market, call a plumber to come in and do some plumbing repair so that there won’t be any surprise issues when you’re showing the home to a new buyer.
Take Professional Photos of Your House
If you take a look at the listings on real estate sites such as Zillow, the first thing you’ll notice are the pictures of the house. In the real estate business, pictures are everything, and having crappy pictures can turn off a buyer no matter how great a home’s amenities are. So if you’re putting your home on the market (which you are if you’re reading this story), take some professional-grade photos of your home so that it can stand out. You don’t have to hire a professional photographer to achieve this. Smartphones in this day and age are coming equipped with great cameras that take awesome pictures.
If you’re not particularly confident in your photo capturing skills, then call around to get a great price on a professional photographer. Or, you could contact a family member with great picture-taking skills to take the photos for you, hopefully for free.
Play The Price Is Right
It helps to learn how to price things, which will come in handy when you’re trying to decide on a price for your house. Of course, the name of the game is to make a profit from your home sale, but while you have pictures of profits dancing in your mind, you must first realize your local market’s real estate condition before setting a price. Research what homes in your city or area are going for, and price your home accordingly. You don’t want to price it too high that will turn off potential homebuyers, nor do you want to price your home too low so that you will sell the house at a loss.
One great way to get a sense as to how much your home is worth is to use a home estimate tool that will give you a basic idea as to how much your home is worth. A home estimate tool is just that, an estimate, which is why it may be best to consult with a realtor so that you can come up with a great assessment for your home. A realtor will know the market well and will give you great advice as to what price you should set for your home.
It may feel like you’re playing “The Price Is Right,” but it matters to get a price that will both attract buyers and make you a nice profit in the long run.
Find the Right Agent
There are plenty of real estate agents who would love to sell your house. With so many agents bartering for the right to sell your home, it is wise for you to pick the right agent. Maybe you’re looking to maximize your profits? You’ll want to find the right real estate agent that specializes in getting the best offer for your home. Or, maybe you need your home sold quickly and may need to explore a cash buy (more on this later). If so, find an agent that is an expert on quick sales and cash buys. For every type of home sale, there is a real estate agent for it, which is why you should spend some time to find the right agent that will be a great fit for selling your home.
Sell to Cash Buyers
If you’re looking to sell your house quickly and still want to make a profit, try selling to cash buyers. A cash sell is just the way it’s advertised, and it’s a great tool for quick home sales. True, you won’t get the maximum buyer for your house if you go the cash buyer route, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to make a profit off of your home from this type of sale. A cash offer on homes can indeed turn a profit for you, in addition to getting your home sold quickly. Don’t ignore cash buyers, as it may lead you to the land of profits.
Put Up A “For Sale” Sign
This one is a no-brainer. How can people know your home is for sale if there is no sign in your yard advertising that your home is for sale? When it’s time to put your house on the market, and you’re going at it without a real estate agent, then by a “for sale” sign that will let everyone know that your house is ready to be occupied by a new buyer.
These signs are not expensive. You can buy one at a local store such as Walmart or Home Depot, put your contact information at the bottom, and let everyone know that your home is up for sale.
In the end, there are many ways that you can sell your home at a great profit. For starters, research the market to make sure that you’re pricing your home at an appropriate price that will also give you a profit. Then, you will want to make sure that your home is clean both inside and outside, and the landscaping looks awesome.
Keep in mind that there are real estate agents that would love to sell your home if you’re not confident selling the house yourself, but research and see which agent would be right for your home. Selling your house can be a stressful time, especially if you’re looking to make a serious profit, but if you take your time and follow these steps, you’ll be able to sell your home and have some money left to put toward your new dream home.