7 tips to sell your home

2121 Ver NW #313 lrWhen I’m prepping a new listing for the market, I always follow these 7 steps to get the most money for my clients. It’s a lot of work but the results are always impressive. (See my reviews from satisfied clients!)

1. De-clutter. I know you like your collection of antique dolls and you think it’s wonderful. It isn’t…they’re creepy. Box them up and utilize the space in a way that’s appealing to buyers. Clear the counter tops in your bathroom and kitchen. Take your photos and holiday cards off the refrigerator. It’s all a distraction to a buyer.

2. Re-paint in neutral colors. Red kitchens and dining rooms are so 2000. Don’t date your decor with bold colors. Buyers are picky and one terrible paint color can make them over look your property. A grey or greige paint color are the latest neutrals. Boring but it works.

3. Clean extensively. Nothing is worse than a grimy bathroom or kitchen when you’re viewing property. Hire a cleaning service. Your property should sparkle. Keep your place tidy while it’s on the market. Make your bed. Put away your soiled clothing and clean laundry. Hang up your coat and put away your shoes.

4. Re-arrange/remove furniture. Most sellers have too much furniture in their space. If you have belongings in every single corner, get rid of them. If it’s over sized and makes your space look small, store it for your next place. Rearrange your furniture to make the space open and inviting. Open your blinds/curtains to show the view and the sunlight.

5. Make sure it smells good. That old man/sock smell is not making your place more attractive. On the other hand, you don’t want to go over board. Strong, floral plug-ins can make buyers suspicious. The most appealing scents are cinnamon/apple, vanilla or citrus scents.

6. Use a professional photographer for photos of your property. “Homes with professional photographs were found, on average, to be viewed 61 percent more online than others in that price range shot with a lower-end camera. The listings that used digital SLR cameras also commanded a 47 percent higher asking price per square foot, according to the Redfin analysis.” The stats speak for themselves.

7. Don’t overprice your property. Sellers first inclination is to list their property for waaaayyy higher than it’s worth. It leads to more days on market, price reductions and less money in the long run. Price correctly the first time. Your house will likely sell in 7-10 days and you’ll get the money you want.

A little prep work goes a long way when you list your home. If you’re looking to sell in 2016, contact me at jen@dcreresidential.com or 202.285.4238. It’s a great time to be a seller in DC!

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  1. I like what this article mentions about doing small improvements like painting and yard work. I think that improving the cosmetics of the home could really increase it’s value. I’ll have to look into doing these things before I plan on selling. Thanks for sharing!

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