Post # 17
This sounds ridiculous, but a friend of the family watched as we spent over a year trying to sell my grandparents house after remodeling it. She suggested we bury a small statue of st. joseph in the front yard. She “planted” it in the garden, and honest to goodnes, 6 days later, the house was sold. We went to dig it up so the new residents wouldn’t find it… and it was no where to be found, we even marked where it was! Normally I am not supersitutious or play such games, so whether or not it was a coincidence, I was amazed, and it can’t hurt 😉
Post # 18
By the way, you can google it. Apparently it wasn’t just my family friend, people do this!
Post # 19
In the land of forclosures and short sales, having a competitive price is number one!
Second would be visual appeal- People imagine themselves living in your house, so if its cluttered, dirty and disorganized its hard to get a bite.
Post # 20
Yup, price is how you sell a house quickly. Price it according to your market it and it will sell.
Of course all the staging and fixing up will help, but ultimately people will look at the price and if what you are asking is worth what your house has to offer. Obviously no one wants to list low, that’s not the idea, it’s to list realistically.
Post # 21
Compared to a couple other houses in the neighborhood, our price is lower. Not extremely low, but really decent. For example…the neighbors across the street have less sq. footage than our house and it’s priced almost $20k more.
I’m going to be taking down personal photos today or tomorrow (soon lol) and I definitely might need to try the freshly-made cookie thing…I could go for some homemade cookies anyway!
Post # 22
To add to what others are saying about pricing it correctly, we didn’t even look at our current home until it went through two price drops. I saw it online the day it came on the market and knew it was overpriced. Turns out I was right, the sellers bought at the height of the market and renovated the kitchen and bath so even though they were still listing at a loss, it wasn’t priced near market value. We saw it the day it dropped a second time and put in our offer which was good timing because so did two other buyers.
Make sure your house is clean and decluttered. If there is anything that obviously needs fixing like a stained carpet, broken window, etc. – fix it! You can’t afford to have buyers be turned off by something small like that. It’s a buyers market and there are hundreds of potential homes for them to choose from. So you have to assume all the other homes in your price point are making those updates.
I know this is annoying, but get rid of all the pictures of you and esp your kids and pets. And make your closets almost empty even if it means renting a storage space.
Post # 23
Besides what everyone else said.
Staging, staging, staging.
Clean, clean, clean.
Post # 24
I agree above with those that say removing personal items! I agree with cookie smell – but also if you have a candle or something to burn – we noticed a “clean” smelling candle as soon as we walked in a house and we both mentioned it to the realtor that “these people know how to sell a house!”.
In the kitchen especially, remove any unused appliances (blenders, toasters, etc) so it makes your counters look big!!!
Post # 25
I agree with everyone else – price, price, price!
Others mentioned pleasant smells. You mentioned having pets. Do anything you can to make sure your house doesn’t have a pet smell. I don’t like pets and houses that smelled like pets were a real turn off to me.
Post # 26
REMOVE everything but the bare bones of what should be in a room! If it is a livingroom have a nice (not stained, no cuts or anything on it) couch and maybe an arm chair. If it’s a bedroom have a nice bed with neutral colored comforter and a side table or two. In the kitchen remove EVERYTHING that is not ‘built in’ or heavy such as a stove, fridge, dishwasher, sink. Make sure everything is CLEAN AND SPARKLING and as neutral as can be.
Clean the windows, shine the floors (if hardwood, if rug rent a carpet steamer).
Obviously price is #1, but when they get there and it looks kinda frumpy it won’t help any!
Post # 27
We’ve never sold a house, but I constantly browse house listings and there are a few things that usually make me “x” out of the listing right away:
- Clutter, tons of personal effects (sometimes including things like personalized murals on kids’ walls, etc.), general mess…even though these are things that can be easily changed, I just can’t picture myself in the house when it’s still clearly belongs to another family
- Old fashioned wallpaper or non-neutral paint colors–again these things are such an easy fix, but a lot of people make quick judgments when house hunting and want something totally move-in ready.
Also, make some simple changes that show the best assets, like removing an area rug from an area with hardwoods or organizing a closet to show it to its max potention. I love Sabrina Soto–you should check out her staging tips!
And of course, like everyone said…if you price it competitively, it will get a lot more attention. If I see something similar in your area I could buy for less, I probably would go with that one.
Post # 28
Price it well- otherwise you won’t even get any nibbles.
Clean it up- weird smells and stains were HUGE turn-offs when DH and I were searching for a house.
Stage EFFECTIVELY- other bees have mentioned staging, but make sure it’s done properly. DH and I visited a townhouse that had been professionally staged. Was it gorgeous? Yes. Did it motivate us to buy? Not a chance. Turns out the company that staged the house forgot that buyers might want a dining room, lol. They laid out the furniture to make the living space look larger and made it nearly impossible to envision room for a table anywhere on the first floor.
Post # 29
I sold my house in 28 days with only 5 people looking at it. 3 put in offers…unfortunately 2 couldn’t afford it….but my advice:
I took pictures of each room and looked at them on the computer (since they posted pics online) and I was shocked HOW cluttered everything looked. Not in person but in the pics. I took down all the stuff on top of my cabinets and counters in the kitchen. Pretty much had nothing on any surface throughout the house.
I also had dogs…I had a plug-in in every room hidden behind furniture…the house smelled awesome.
Got rid of every personal photo/item and packed them away.
Yep, I cleaned every single day….and left my blinds open when I left to let in the sunshine. I also took down my curtains b/c they were hiding the beautiful windows…I didn’t want to but it apparently helped.
A couple of months after closing, my mom told me my house made the cover of our newspaper. It was an article about the couple buying an older home instead of new one (which is rampant where I lived)…the woman was actually an interior designer and fell for the simplicity….btw my house was a “cookie cutter” house.
Post # 30
I agree with most PPs. I think the online photos is also a big one to get people through the door. I really lose interest when an online ad only contains photos from the outside or not of the main rooms as I feel they are hiding something. When I want to put in the time to see a house, I like to know as much about it as possible before making an appointmant and that includes seeing photos of the kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms and living area. I think the exterior and yard are nice but I make an appointment based on the living space, don’t skip interior shots.
Post # 31
Two more things to think about: if you have wallpaper, TAKE IT DOWN. Most people hate it and have trouble seeing past it. I bought my house for significantly less than what it was worth for that reason alone. I removed wallpaper off of every single wall in the entire house. Not fun, but worth it in the end.
Also, wall to wall carpeting. If you have it and there are wood floors in good condition below, I’d suggest removing it.