At Biagini Realty, one of the top questions I get from home sellers is: what will really make the difference in selling my home? Like many things in life, it may not be just one thing, but a combination of several key factors. Here are the top factors I have seen during the course of my real estate career.

The Price Is Right. Find out what your home is worth, and price it competitively. You’ll generate a lot of activity and multiple offers, and maybe even start a bidding war.

Roomy Closets. Storage is a high priority for many homebuyers. So, create the illusion of ample storage by removing stuff out of your closets then neatly organize what’s left.

Illuminate. Maximize the light in your home. After location, good light is a main thing that buyers note that they want in a home. Take down the drapes, clean the windows, change the lampshades, increase the wattage of your light bulbs and let the sun shine in.

Find the right broker. The wrong broker can kill a sale. Make sure you have a broker who is totally informed and leverages the right technologies and stays on top of local trends, comps and the MLS.

Check furry friends into a pet hotel. Believe it or not, your adorable dog or cat, and their beds and food bowls, might be a turn off to potential buyers. In their mind, kitty litter and pet hair can create the impression of a dirty and unappealing home. If you’re planning an open house, send your pets to a pet hotel for the day.

Don’t overdo upgrades. While quick fixes can offer a payoff, huge makeovers may not get your money back if you do a huge improvement project before you put your house on the market.

You’re not selling your home. You’re selling a home. One of the most important things to do when selling your house is to de-personalize it. The more personal stuff in your house, the less potential buyers can imagine themselves living there. So, get rid of your personal belongings or put them in storage.

Prioritize the kitchen. The kitchen is one of the main selling points of the house. The benefits of remodeling your kitchen are endless, and you’ll likely get 85% of your money back.

Be at the ready. Your house needs to be “show-ready” at all times. You have to be available whenever a buyer wants to come see your home and and it has to be in tip-top shape. Clear dishes from the sink, keep the bathrooms sparkling and chase those dust bunnies away.

The first impression is the only impression. No matter how good the interior of your home looks, buyers have already judged your home before they walk through the door. Make sure your home’s curb appeal is strong with fresh exterior paint and landscaping.

Thinking about selling your home in the Hudson Valley, New York, Philadelphia or Pennsylvania? Contact me, Paul Biagini of Biagini Realty and I can share my expertise on what will get your home sold fast.

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