Are you thinking of selling your house? Here’s a list of things to do to help you get the best possible price and sell your house quickly.

1.  Get your paperwork in order

Find all the important papers that a potential buyer might want. This can include operating manuals for your appliances, warrantees, guarantees, maintenance schedules and anything that has to do with the house. It’s a good idea to keep the last 12 months’ utility bills at hand as well.

If you have done any major improvements to the home, you must be able to show all the permits for the developments on the property.

2.  Get a professional inspection and estimates on things that need fixing

There is a good chance that your buyer will want an inspection. If you have an inspection done and have the paperwork to prove it and receipts for any work done, this inspection report can be used as a marketing tool.

An inspector will also be able to give you a good indication of what trouble areas are in your house that will put potential buyers off.

If you cannot afford to fix everything, find out what it will cost to replace them. This can give you an edge in negotiations.

3.  Declutter

Buyers pay more for a house that looks spacious and has plenty storage space.

If you have lots of stuff, pack up what you don’t need for the next 3 months and put it into storage. Empty closets as much as you can. You want it to look as though there is plenty room for the buyer’s things.  If you have a lot of stuff in the attic, basement or garage, get rid of it now or put it into storage.

Keep your home filled with only the essentials so that it looks bigger and makes it easier for the buyer to envision putting their own things into the space.

4.  Deep clean your house

Make your home look as though it has been cared for and loved. If potential buyers see evidence that they need to clean or fix things, they will offer less money for the house.

The cleaner your house is, the better it will show.

5.  Go neutral and makes things less personal

Give your potential buyers a clean slate to work with to increase your chances of selling.

Repaint some of your boldest walls to an off-white or beige neutral color. Get rid of personal collections or photos and anything that can detract your buyer from visualizing themselves owning your home.

6.  Examine your curb appeal  

You want to lure people inside the house so that they can see how wonderful it is and buy it. Their first impression of the house is very important and it should invite them in.

Look at your home from the street to get an idea of how to improve it. Maintain the lawn, garden and shrubs. Clear away dead plants, trim back limbs, and add small flowering plants or other foliage.

Make sure people can clearly read your house number.

Plant yellow flowers or group some flower pots together as yellow evokes a buying emotion.

7.  Make cosmetic improvements

Replace burned-out light bulbs, fix cracked tiles, replace broken windows, patch holes in walls, repair leaky faucets, etc. Walk through your house and see what small improvements can be made to make the house more appealing to your potential buyer.

Good luck with selling your house!

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