They never fail to draw web readers—those “Top” lists of ways to get the best results when selling a home. Despite its name, Investopedia is a web site which devotes a fair amount of content to the ins and outs of residential real estate. In addition to the expected “Your Money” section, Chicago homeowners can find a well-populated “Home Ownership” tab. That’s where they’ll come across a Top 7 list of “Ways to Improve your Home’s Sell-ability” by Dr. T.L. Canady.
The Top 7 are in the Selling Your Home section. They are notable for the emphasis they put on removing, subtracting, withdrawing, minimizing, etc. The less-is-more theme is worth bearing in mind for Chicago home sellers looking to get the best result in the shortest time. Here the Investopedia list:
- Neutrality. “It works for Switzerland,” Dr. Canady points out—and it can almost certainly work for selling your Chicago home, too. Steering clear of brash colors and design themes minimizes the number of buyers who might be put off.
- Less. Remove as much of everything as is sensible. That succeeds in opening up the space you are selling. Clearing away the dispensable furniture and décor items allows prospects to picture rooms decorated to match their own tastes.
- Smell. Avoid cooking strong-scented foods for 48 hours before a showing. And, for sure, eliminate pet odors.
- Details. Making inexpensive refurbishments (with cabinet hardware, light switches, outlet covers, etc.) conveys an impression of freshness without making major expenditures.
- Curb appeal. Keep the path to the front door clear and inviting—and the door itself perfectly maintained.
- Personality. Don’t get “too personal” (this one is really pretty close to #1).
- Repairs. Dig in and take care of them before the first open house or showing…you’ll wind up doing so sooner or later, anyway.
There may not be any new ideas in these “Sell-ability” tips—but given that 6,000,000-plus U.S. homes are sold every year, you wouldn’t expect any important ones to have been overlooked. Not mentioned is the king of all selling-your-home tips: Right-pricing! For details on how to zero in on that one, give me a call!