6 Tips for Selling your Home


So many people are wanting to sell and buy Florida homes now. We live in the greatest state there is and I could not be more proud of it. Since the housing market is booming right now, you definitely need some tips on selling your home. If that is coming up in your near future, check out these tips for selling your home below:

Hire a great real estate agent

A great real estate agent can make or break the sale of your home and the amount that you get for your home. You need someone on your side who knows what they are doing. If you’re in Jacksonville, this person should definitely be Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty, Erin E. King MBA. He knows just about everything there is to know about the Jacksonville real estate market and he is really great at what he does. He can also help you purchase a new home too, so if you are interested in the beautiful San Marco homes for sale, he knows the best options out there. Erin King is a Best of Zillow® REALTOR® and is also Ramsey endorsed, which is super cool. “Erin, who previously worked in financial services and holds an MBA with an economics focus, brings a deep understanding of buying and selling historic homes. He enjoys sharing that knowledge with clients, from how to fit a 21st century lifestyle into a historic home and where to seek financing for renovation with a home purchase, to accurately pricing homes in Historic Districts such as Riverside, Avondale, Ortega, Springfield, Murray Hill, and San Marco. Erin, who prides himself on close attention to detail and quick response to clients, has put together a support team of contractors and other professionals who help transactions go smoothly.” 

Have fun selling and then buying your new home. You might want to start thinking about what your new dream home must-haves are!

Declutter like a pro

One of the most cost-effective home selling tips is to make your home completely clutter-free; you just have to learn how to declutter like a pro! You want to maximize the perceived space in the home. The more clutter, the more uncomfortable things will feel. Go through everything and clear out all of the non-essentials. One of the better ways of getting your home ready to list is having a donation pick up. Numerous charities will come to your house and take the stuff away you no longer want for free! Even if you don’t feel like going through all of your stuff and sorting them, you should at least put things away in places where buyers won’t be looking. That means no cramming stuff into closets or the garage. Rent a storage space if you need to. You can search online for storage facilities near you to see where it will be most convenient to store your things. A cluttered home can make your home feel a lot smaller than it is. This is not a good thing when trying to get the most you can out of your sale. Today’s buyers like bright open spaces, without the clutter. Keep in mind there is a significant percentage of the population who do not have the vision of how to decorate their home. Make things easier on the buyer by giving them something they can visualize – a well decorated home, without the clutter, that they can call their own. Take a look at some of the top tips for clearing the clutter when selling your home – you can find them all over Instagram, Pinterest, and Google. One of the things that will help sell a house fast is an uncrowded, clean space. It is all about a buyer seeing themselves in your home.

Spruce up the interior paint, if need be

Dark, dreary colors can shrink the perception of space and in my opinion, they are very out of style right now. Old, stained paint makes rooms look aged. By painting with contemporary colors and ideally with a little insight from a knowledgeable real estate agent (like we talked about above!) or interior designer, you can change the whole feel of your home. There is not another home improvement that will give you more bang for your buck than a fresh coat of paint. From a selling standpoint, it is important to stick with neutral colors like grey, white, or beige. Remember that selling your home is not so much about personal preferences, but instead, it is about appealing to the masses. Stick with off white and light creamy colors for maximum benefit.

Good lighting is essential

A bright, cheery home is definitely more inviting to buyers. Let the sunlight in if you can and add some better lighting if your home is dim. Even buying brighter light bulbs can help. One of the things I think is very handy to increase the lighting is to make sure all curtains are open, and the lights remain on when there is a scheduled showing. Again the presentation of your home is critical. Small things like lighting can make a big difference with no money coming out of your pocket!

Address any odors

The smell of your home is powerful and can easily drive someone away from buying your home. However, you may not even realize the smells are there. Ask an outsider you trust, like your realtor, to let you know if there are any unpleasant odors – like pet or cooking odors – and address them before you show the home. Believe it or not, pet odors, mold odors, or even trash (or cooking) odors can kill a home sale. This happens because some buyers fear they won’t get rid of the odor once they purchase the house. Don’t take any kind of chance with home odors: just  remove them!

Get a professional cleaning

A clean home is inviting to buyers, whereas a dirty home can turn them away faster than just about anything. The easiest way to know your home is spotless and looking its best is to hire a professional cleaning company. Make sure your kitchen and bathrooms are spotless – this, I think, is the most important part. Buyers will pay closer attention to these areas. Also, make sure your carpets are as clean as possible. If need be, consider having your carpets professionally cleaned. This is one of those things where spending a few hundred dollars can save you thousands by preventing the buyer from thinking they need to replace the carpets immediately.


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