First impressions are important. Make sure you are using eye-catching photos that really show off the best parts of your home. If the fireplace is a selling feature, make sure your agent takes a photo that showcases how special it is. Make sure the lighting is right and that there is limited ‘stuff’ on shelving and countertops. These are the photos that prospective buyers are going to see, you want your images to entice them to book a showing and see more. Let your agent know what is important to be featured about your home and what you think the selling feature are. Remember to be open your Realtors’ ideas as well, they are looking out for your best interests.
Always base your price on market value. Your agent will tell you what they think your house should be listed at, take that number very seriously. They will base the price on comparable homes in the area, what similar properties have recently sold for, how active the market is, etc. If you think your home is worth more than your realtor suggests, take into consideration why. Is it because you know all the new interior doors and baseboards you just installed cost $10,000? While that might be the case, the value might not transfer down to a buyer in the same way, which is why you need to take the emotion out of the equation. Remember, your agent is your best asset and is looking to help you.
Keep your house clean and de-clutter. You are preparing to move, why not put some things away in boxes and out of the way a little early. Try to have all countertops, tables, desks, etc, clear. This means removing books, magazines, tissue boxes, picture frames, figurines or anything else that is just taking up space. With less clutter, your home will appear larger and more functional. If your shelves and tables are full, it gives the feeling that the home is not large enough to handle daily life. This goes the same for your bedroom closets, take out and box up what you are not going to use for some time. Ask a friend if you could store the extra boxes in their basement until your home sells, this will keep your storage rooms clear as well. When showing your home, less is more.