The little things matter when selling your home, both in terms of quickly generating interest and ultimately selling for the best possible price. When you're competing with other D.C. homes for sale, you always want to put your best foot forward. Our real estate agents have some proven tips to help get a better price when selling your home.
- Clean, Depersonalize, and Declutter
Once you know that you need to sell, the first step is making sure that the property looks its best and is as inviting as possible for buyers. Start with a deep cleaning of the home from top to bottom, including the little, out-of-the-way areas that may not always get cleaned. You can handle this on your own, or hire a cleaning service to get your home looking great.
During the cleaning process, invest some time in removing unnecessary clutter and storing personal items like family photos out of sight. Both of these tasks will make it easier for buyers to imagine what their lives would be like in the home, a key step in encouraging them to make a great offer.
- Address Minor Maintenance Issues
Here's one area where focusing on the little things can make a big difference. While a leaky faucet, loose doorknob, or damage to paint may be easy to overlook when you own the home, these types of maintenance issues can have a significant impact on how buyers perceive the property. Addressing those minor maintenance issues won't take much time out of your (or your contractor's) busy day, and helps ensure that your home makes the best impression on buyers.
- Refresh Your Curb Appeal
You want your home to make an excellent first impression, which is why it's important to consider what buyers will see when they arrive at the curb. A freshly cut lawn, attractive landscaping, and a clean, well-presented yard can all help your home make a positive first impression. If your home's exterior paint could use a touch-up or the fixtures on your front door are in need of replacement, consider addressing these issues as well.
- Consider Professional Staging
If you want to go the extra mile with the presentation of your home, professional staging can be worth the investment. With professional staging, someone who has their finger on the pulse of what buyers want to see can help organize and present your home in ways that maximize interest. Professional staging can also save plenty of time compared to handling the job yourself.
- Find the Right Real Estate Agent
Your real estate agent should be your greatest advocate when selling your home, which is why it's so important to choose the right agent for your needs. The right agent will advise you on presenting the home, market the property to generate competition among buyers, and help you negotiate to get the best possible offers.
- Pick a Competitive Price
One key area that your agent will help is choosing the right price for your home based on their knowledge of the market, the latest real estate trends, and comparable sales in your area. The right price can make all the difference in generating multiple offers, which is key to maximizing the value that you receive.
Whether you're selling your current home or shopping for a new one, our team is here to help with all of your real estate needs. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Washington, D.C. area.