If your house doesn't look nice from the outside, most buyers will never make it indoors or will have a negative attitude from the start. You don't want to scare away shoppers before they come in to see all your home has to offer, so make your outdoors as inviting as possible.
Maximizing your curb appeal is easy. Scrub the front of your home (or power wash), keep your lawn mowed and your hedges trimmed, and put down some fresh mulch. Plant some flowering annuals to add color and make your landscaping look especially sharp, and spruce up your front door with a fresh coat of paint and a nice new handle.
Some seasonal touches on your front porch -- think a nice plant or pumpkins at Halloween -- can also draw buyers in.
9. Get your paperwork together
Smart buyers want to know about the total costs of keeping the home running. Giving them a glimpse into expenses -- while showing you've taken home maintenance seriously -- could make buyers much more likely to make an offer.
Your home paperwork provides the information they're looking for. If you've kept up with annual heater cleanings or replaced your water heater last year, have the receipts available in a binder. Put copies of recent utility bills in there too if the home is energy efficient -- and throw in manuals and warranty information for appliances.
Have this binder on the table for perusal by visitors and they'll be impressed with your diligence and much more confident about buying.
10. Make a plan for what to do with your pets and children
Once you've listed your home, hopefully requests to visit will come flooding in. The only problem is, you need to be ready to show your home -- sometimes on short notice -- if you don't want to miss out on potential purchasers.
Having kids and pets in the house during a showing can be a distraction and turnoff -- especially for buyers afraid of animal odors and messes. Make sure you know where you'll go when the time comes to show your home. This could involve asking a friend if you can visit, scoping out your local dog park, or finding an indoor play area where you can hang until you get the all-clear to come back home.
Selling your home is a lot of work -- but it's worth it in the end
While it may seem like taking all these steps is too much work, it will all be worth it in the end. You'll get the best price for your house and can move on to your new adventure more quickly by maximizing the attractiveness of your home to buyers in your area.
Source: Christy Bieber.