Idaho Home Seller Guides

Get Top Dollar and Multiple Offers for Your Home

Selling a home is a big deal, there is a lot of money on the line. Below is some of the best advice we share with clients so they can get the most money possible when selling their home. Many of our tips are self evident but you'd be surprised how many people don't do it unless they fully understand the benefit.

5 Tips to Increase the Value of Your Property

7 Tips to Sell for Top Dollar

Why Be 'Show Ready'

Frequently Asked Questions


5 Tips
To Increase the Value of Your Home


As a homeowner you want to get a high return on your investment. These seller tips have massive returns and are easy to implement.

#1 - New Front Door

As is the best improvement item on the list, set the tone for your house by getting a new front door. You can get a new steel door with a window for under $500. Paint it with (at most) $150 of paint and your home value just went up to $1,000 to $5,000. Already have a nice front door? Give it a refresh with a new coat of pain and you potentially just made hundreds. 

#2 - Paint Interior Walls

We recommend a professional. For most homes, $3,000-$5,000 will cover the entire interior. The contractor will fix any drywall areas that need attention as well. This can result in a value increase of $6,000-$12,000 in some markets.

#3 - Get A Pre-Inspection

Hire a reputable inspector to inspect your house before you put it on the market. Make any necessary repairs that that the inspector identified. Buyers could pay up to 1-2% more for a repaired house, and will be less likely to negotiate on price because all of the work has recently been completed.

#4 - Install New Carpet

Replace or get your carpets professionally cleaned and stretched. New carpet brightens and clean the whole room. It is one less thing buyers have to worry about and are willing to pay for not fixing it themselves.

#5 - The Agent You Choose

Price is a function of supply and demand, and using a skilled real estate team can increase demand. And higher demand means a higher price. Capitalize on a team that creates in-house and on-demand marketing solutions, competetive pricing strategies, and gets your home in front of thousands of qualified buyers looking to relocate to our area.

Use Build Idaho's Launch Plan to help sell your home. We will help you get organized and ready, identify area of improvement to increae your home's value, market ot our wide network, generate mass-market buzz around your house, negotiate offers, and sell your home for TOP DOLLAR! Call us today at (208) 219-7683 to get started.



7 Tips
To Sell Your Home for Top Dollar

Presentation is Everything
Make your home outstanding
  • A clean house sells faster. Declutter, depersonalize, and brighten every room. Let the buyers imagine their life in the house, not yours.
  • The kitchen sells the house, that's how important it is! Pay special attention to decluttering this space.
  • Optimize your curb appeal by washing the exterior of the house and driveway. Add mulch and colorful annual flowers to your gardens.
  • Selling your home in “as-is” condition means leaving money on the table. Fix obvious deferred maintenance, deep clean every inch of your home, and add a coat of paint to instantly add value.

Hire a home staging consultant to improve the sale price by an average of 6%, and sell up to 50% faster. (Home Staging Resource)

Boise Parade Home



Get Pictures Worth Sharing
Capture every angle perfectly
  • Buyers spend 60% of their time looking at listing photos (Wall Street Journal). Your first impression is online. Stunning photography and impressive digital collateral is a must.
  • Listings with professional photography get 61% more views (Redfin) and can help sell your home an average of 32% faster. (PR Newswire)
  • Use sunrise/sunset exterior photos make a dramatic impression.

Multiple photos will dramatically increase your ability to immediately connect with a buyer and attract a higher price.

Amazing Eagle Custom Home



The Power of Video
Your competitive advantage
  • Homes listed with video get four times the inquiries of homes listed without video. (InMan)
  • 58% of buyers want and expect to see video of a home they’re looking at online.
  • 86% of home buyers watching home tour videos are also searching for a community tour to learn more about the neighborhood.
  • In an eye-mapping study, video results commanded more attention than other listings. (Virtuet)
  • 71% of consumers say that video is the best way to bring product features to life. (Virtuet)

Choose a realtor that offers video as part fo their listing services at no extra charge.



Create An Amazing Perspective
Use aerial photography
  • Homes with aerial images sold 68% faster. (RISMedia)
  • Aerial images provide a game-changing perspective for buyers who are not familair with the area, especially out-of-state buyers.
  • When selling a property with large lots or acreage, aerial photographs are even more important to show the size of the property.

Ask your agent if they will provide aerial footage of your home to attract the best buyers.

Amazing Aerial Photogrpahy Custom Home



Virtual Tours Sell Homes Faster
Fully-immersive and HD experiences
  • 54% of buyers will not look at a a property unless it has a virtual tour on the listing. (Montreal360)
  • Home buyers were 300% more engaged with listings with virtual tours.
  • Real estate listings with virtual home tours get 87% more views.

Agents offer virual tours to reduce in-person showings and increase online traffic to the listing.



Understand the Psychology of Pricing
And how to use it to win
  • In fact, pricing your home correctly in the beginning will simultaneously save you money and net more money from the sale.
  • When selling your home, attractive pricing (Inman) and packaging (HGTV) are arguably the two most basic essentials. Getting these right means selling faster, and for top dollar.
  • Your marketing plan should include a pricing strategy to avoid the possibility of a price reduction or being on the market too long, which causes buyers to question, "What is wrong with that home?".

Discuss and analyze the comparables provided by your agent to decide on the current market value for your home and a strategic, competetive listing price.

Boise Home Values



Professional Real Estate Marketing Company
Your agent has the right resources
  • Attempting to sell your home as For Sale By Owner (FSBO) typically results in a smaller buyer pool and lower sales price. Hiring professional agents and using their marketing resources will save you money and you will get an average of $65,000 more on the sale of your home. (Zillow)
  • Think local. Host a private neighborhood showing first. Get your neighbors to advertise your home too.

Let the Build Idaho team sell your home. We provide professional photos, videography, staging consultations, and virtual Matterport tours for every listing—all done in-house to ensure the highest quality standards. Our agents will design a individualized marketing plan and pricing strategy to sell your home and get top dollar!

Amazing Eagle Custom Home



Why it is so Important
To Be Show Ready!


The reason we ask clients to take time to get their home ready to sell is so important. The details do matter and the benefits and psychology to it are well worth the time and investment it takes. Why? More money for you, the seller. If the home looks its best, you have the best chance of getting a great offer. The most important part of this is getting the price right the first time. Learn more here.

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 touch up paint, so it looks fresh and new. The entire house must look and feel clean and organized.

That may seem obvious, but the psychology behind a clean house will help you get a better offer. If it is not showroom ready, people will judge. If what they can see isn't well-kept, what could be wrong that they can't see? Buyers want a house that is pristine and ready for them to move in and live comfortably. If they see a home that is spotless, organized, has new paint, and windows are washed, they will know they are buying a home that has been taken care of. In addition, the fewer fixes they have to make, the less they will try to negotiate the price down to compensate. So by getting your home showroom ready, you put yourself in a much better selling position. Your home looks better then others at competing price points.

When you are selling, realize that by taking the time to make your house a show piece, and keeping it that way the entire time, you are putting yourself in the best position to get the best price and hopefully, multiple offers. Contact us about selling your home!

Is Hiring Me Worth the Cost?

Okay, now let’s answer the question you’ve been waiting for: Are real estate agents worth the cost? The answer is a resounding yes. If you’re considering not using an agent or going the “For Sale by Owner” (FSBO) route, first take a look at the stats. The latest statistics show the typical FSBO home sold for $200,000 compared to $265,000 when sold by an agent. That’s a $65,000 difference! All told, you will make more money by hiring an agent. Click here for more reasons why hiring an agent is best for you.