Thursday, April 6, 2017
By Jeff Cook
Top Tips To Get Your Home Sold

Top Tips To Get Your Home Sold

 By Jeff Cook | April 6th, 2017


At Jeff Cook Real Estate our mission is to help homeowners sell their homes fast and for top dollar. There are many strategic steps we implement within hours of listing your home. While the majority of our focus in achieving our mission lies within our marketing strategy, there’s a small percent that relies on help from YOU - the homeowner. While we have the ability to put your listing in front of thousands of buyers, it’s the first impression that you’ve set of your home that will really make or break the sale. We’ve got some tips for you to help us help you!


Like we mentioned before, the first impression is the biggest factor of your home. Whether it be from the professional photography we post online or they’ve noticed your home when driving by because our three foot wide for sale sign catches their eye. A few hours of TLC can be the make or break for selling your home. Give your curb appeal some attention. Keep the lawn mowed, edged, and remove all dead foliage. It is best to keep your yard free of toys and miscellaneous objects (when not in use). Make the porch feel well-organized and welcoming. Look at giving the front door a fresh coat of paint to make it really pop!


Once a potential buyer gets that wonderful first impression, whether online or in person, make sure you continue to wow them as they enter the front door. One thing that will stand out in both viewing aspects is clutter. Make sure your home is spotless when the photographers roll through and again when any showings are scheduled. Remove all excess furniture so a buyer can easily tour the space and imagine their own belongs in it. Look at slapping on a fresh coat of neutral paint, especially if you have any rooms of bold colors. Those bold spaces may not make it through the first impression round online if a potential buyer has different taste than you. You want to create a cozy environment for the potential buyers looking at and walking through what may be their new home!


Worried that some parts of your house are too outdated for current buyers or you aren’t selling just yet and want to do a few renovations to boost your home value? There are many inexpensive options to help! Home improvement stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s are always advertising carpet sales with free installation promotions, sometimes as low as $99 per room. Consider switching dated linoleum to tile and upgrading the common area flooring.Don’t feel like you have to splurge for the most expensive hardwood floors. Try catching a sale or check out the selection that engineered hardwoods offer. If your budget pushes you to go the cheapest route of laminate, just remember that it will not do much for your resale value, however it will make a better impression than faded and stained carpet. Once again, we’re going to mention paint. It’s so important. A little neutral paint can go a long way!


If you are able to take on a bigger project, look at your kitchen and bathrooms. Which one makes you more angry and is most likely part of the reason you want to sell? While bathrooms are usually less expensive, kitchens are more likely to be praised for being renovated as they are seen by all visitors of the house, especially if the future homeowner loves to entertain and host. A popular request in the construction industry right now is to have cabinets refaced. Did you know that with the cost and hastle of refacing cabinets, you could have had new cabinets installed? Make sure you let your contractor know you’d like to go over all possible options for your kitchen renovation.


If you feel like you’re in over your head and want a second opinion, we are happy to help. Let us show you what current buyers are looking for, which renovations will give you the best return and refer you to a licensed contractor. Give us a call today at (843) 501-0505.


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Jeff Cook

Jeff Cook Real Estate 

Charleston, SC


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