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Top 10 Best Strategies to selling your home Main Idaho Real Estate Insights

Tricks of the trade to help you get top dollar when selling your home in Boise, Idaho.

10. Price it right
Find out what your home is worth, based on real and accurate information. Many refer to Zillow and they are not able to actually see prices homes sold for in the area as Idaho is a non-disclosure state. Working with one of our real estate professionals who can help you understand what similar homes have sold for can help you get multiple offers, especially in Boise's fast moving real estate market. Some sellers want to try over pricing their home; don't risk it. It has been shown concretely that those who choose to go down this path, end up selling it for less because the home develops a social stigmatism as days on market increase. Pricing it right is the single best strategy to sell your home.

9. Light it up
Increase the light in your home as great light is one thing that every buyer cites that they want. Pull back the drapes, clean the windows, increase the wattage of your light bulbs and cut the bushes outside to let in sunshine. By making your house bright and cheery – it will make it more sellable.

8. De-personalize your house
You want other people to be able to see themselves living there so the more personal stuff in your house, the less potential buyers can imagine themselves living there. As a rule, get rid of a third of your stuff – put it in storage. This includes family photos, memorabilia collections and personal keepsakes.

Consider hiring a home stager to maximize the full potential of your home. Staging simply means arranging your furniture to best showcase the floor plan and maximize the use of space. They may also have some ideas on use of color.

7. The kitchen is the focal point
The kitchen sells the house, that's how important it is. The benefits of remodeling your kitchen are endless, and the best part of it is that you’ll probably get 85% of your money back. It may be a few thousand dollars to replace countertops where a buyer may knock $10,000 off the asking price if your kitchen looks dated. The fastest, most inexpensive kitchen updates include painting and new cabinet hardware. Use a neutral-color paint so you can present buyers with a blank canvas where they can start envisioning their own style. If you have a little money to spend, buy one fancy stainless steel appliance. Why one? Because when people see one high-end appliance they think all the rest are expensive too and it updates the kitchen.

6. Optimize Your Curb Appeal
Setting expectations starts here. Wash the house and driveway. Add mulch to your gardens as well as colorful flowers. Take care that the front door gets what it needs.

5. Be willing to put in some elbow grease
Selling your home in “as is” condition could mean leaving money on the table. You’re still likely to find a buyer—eventually—even if you don’t put in any effort. But “you will likely lose some bidders, and you may push back on price.

4. Get 'Pinterest Worthy'
We want your home to stand out! Buyers are going to see a number of other homes so yours has to look better than those at similar price points. The yard is manicured. The entry is clean and you have taken time to paint so it looks fresh. The entire house looks and feels clean and organized.

That may seem obvious but the psychology behind it will help you get a better offer. If it is not clean and show room ready, people will judge. They may make the leap that you do not take care of your home and wonder what else is wrong with your home? They may see disorganization as messy and wonder if you did not take care of the surface areas, what is underneath hidden areas? Does this house have years of neglect? If they buy this house, what are they going to find after moving in?

3. Always be ready to show
Your house needs to be "show-ready" at all times – you never know when your buyer is going to walk through the door. You have to be available whenever they want to come see the place and it has to be in tip-top shape. Don’t leave dishes in the sink, keep the dishwasher cleaned out, the bathrooms sparkling and make sure there are no dust bunnies in the corners. It’s a little inconvenient, but it will get your house sold.

No matter how good the interior of your home looks, buyers have already judged your home before they walk through the door. You never have a second chance to make a first impression. It’s important to make people feel warm, welcome and safe as they approach the house. Spruce up your home’s exterior with inexpensive shrubs and brightly colored flowers. You can typically get a 100-percent return on the money you put into your home’s curb appeal. Entryways are also important. You use it as a utility space for your coat and keys. But, when you’re selling, make it welcoming by putting in a small bench, a vase of fresh-cut flowers or even some cookies.

2. Your first impression is online
Your home should include taking advantage of all of today's techology

  • Professional Wide Angle Interior Photos that make rooms look spacious and bright
  • Aerial Photos
    This creates an amazing perspective and helps people see where the home is relative to the area.
  • 360° Streetviews
  • Signature Sunrise/Sunset Exterior Photos
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    This creates a Wow Factor, even if you have an entry level home.
  • Video Tours
    And not just rotating pictures. Someone actually describing how the home feels and lays out.

1. Market Your Home like a Marketing Company would
Show your home to as many people as possible in the shortest amount of time with an amazing presentation. Drive traffic with multiple strategies

  • Host a private showing for your neighbors. You want as many people talking about your home as possible.
  • Broadcast the home on the MLS and all the portal sites (Zillow, Trulia, Etc.)
  • Create a dedicated webpage for the home with all the details for prospective buyers
  • Make sure it is propmoted on the area's #1 local real estate resource.

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Posted by tlangford at 12/19/2017 2:19:00 AM
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