You're ready to move, you list your house, it's sold. Simple right? Not so fast. Small things like dust and dark photos can make a big difference to the bottom line. To sell your house at top dollar, it's important to avoid cutting corners. These three purchases are worth making before you put your home on the market:
Home-Selling Expenses That Pay Off
3 Splurges Worth the Expense When You're Selling Your Home
It's important to present your home in the absolute best light possible. You want it to feel warm, cozy and inviting. Because most people don't have the capacity to visualize a home without furniture and décor, it's worth paying for a professional to stage your home. Recently, I listed a home that was exactly the same as the one across the street (also for sale). I mean it was identical -- same finishes, same lot size, same everything! The only difference was that their home was empty, and the house I was selling had been professionally staged. I listed my client's home for $100 dollars less than the competing property and within 48 hours I had a contract for $20,000 over the list price. For a $500 investment, the professional staging returned $19,500. Not too shabby!
A little bit of dust can cost you thousands of dollars. Your house is probably clean, but unless it's been professionally cleaned before you put it on sale, it probably isn't spotless! It's tempting to clean it yourself to save a few bucks, but it's risky! It's best to leave this to a professional who has the time and tools to get the job done right. If you spend $150 - $200 to get a professional deep clean, the return will often be tenfold!
Just like weddings, photos of a house for sale are best left to the professionals! A professional photographer will use the latest in technology to display your home in its best light. Almost every buyer that walks through the door found your home online, and came to take a look based on the photographs. Great photographs will get people through the door! Tip: Have the photos shot around twilight (the magic hour in photography). A professional photographer typically costs around $150-$200 for 25-35 high-quality photos of your home, which will increase the number of people visiting your home. Potential buyers are more likely to visit something that looks great on paper (or online)!
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Neil Walton is the Managing Broker for 360dwellings Real Estate in Denver, Colorado with over 15 years experiencing in buying and selling personal residences.
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