How to Squeeze Extra Cash Out of a House Sale

Selling your house can be a pretty stressful thing to go through; there’s so much to think about and so much to do. Sometimes, it’s easy to forget that it’s a transaction, and you want to make as much money from the sale as possible. When we’re talking about house money, we’re talking serious cash, so the more you can squeeze out of it, the better.

There are a couple of simple things you can do to make your house look that little bit more valuable to a potential buyer. The main thing to think about is presentation; it’s all important. If you’re lucky enough to have yourself a really great agent, then they might do some of this for you, but it’s not difficult to do it yourself.

Be a clean freak. Nobody likes a dirty home, and it just doesn’t reflect well on you as a seller. Some people might be looking for a fixer-upper, but that doesn’t mean they want to spend weeks scrubbing it clean. Areas you should always pay special attention to are the bathrooms and kitchen; most potential home buyers naturally expect them to be flawless.

Declutter. An organized home and uncluttered grounds not only makes any house look tidier and nicer, but it also creates space, which is what everyone wants. Don’t leave anything lying on the floor that doesn’t need to be there, and keep whatever you can stored away. Some say it might seem unnatural, but it just looks better. Similarly, keep personal items on display to a minimum. They might look nice, but potential buyers like to be able to imagine themselves in a house. Neutrality is your friend.

Freshen Up. Something that very few people think of, but is way more important than you might think, is smell. It may seem a bit weird, but some people really do have a thing about the way a place smells. People are not usually aware of how their home smells to others. Get yourself some odor neutralizer, or some nice candles. Just make sure you don’t go overboard; nobody wants to be assaulted by overpowering aromas, whether it’s roses or patchouli oil.

Decorate. Tasteful decoration is good too; while neutrality is the key, a house is always going to be more appealing if it’s been dressed up a bit. It’s not uncommon for people to ask to buy furniture or decorations if the house is of a really high standard. Top agents will do this for you if you’re paying a premium, but there’s no good reason not to do it yourself.

Follow these guidelines for presenting your home well and you’ll be giving yourself every chance of squeezing a little extra out of whoever buys it.

For those who are on a tight schedule, House Buyer Bureau can help you sell house fast for cash. But remember even if you do use a company like this, there’s no reason not to make your house look presentable.

Photo Credit: David Wright


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    I always find it funny how we spend money to fix things to sell your home when you should fix it to enjoy your home. We try to do one thing every year or two to make our home nice for us and so we do not have do all of it when we sell. Might as well enjoy our home while we are here.

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    Spedie says

    After you do all these things I have one more piece of advice in a strong buyers market: Do not take every single piece of advice from your Real Estate agent. I sell my home this Friday on the 19th. I did exactly what the real estate agent said and it cost me about 10 grand in paint, carpet, etc. The house sold BELOW market and it is the nicest house on the block.

    Real Estate Agents (aka Crooks in my book) do not get PAID until your house sells. The faster it sells, the quicker they get paid. The more the Real Estate agent can talk the seller into doing to make their job easier, the better it is for the AGENT. The sellers agent normally gets 3% of your price. It doesn’t make a hill of beans to the sellers agent if your house sells for $200K or 180K, as it is only 3% of 20K and usually isn’t worth their time on the phone in the negotiation process- as it is only $600 to them.

    But, of COURSE, $20K is a LOT to the seller.

    I did not get one dime back of my $10K in “improvements”-which did not add to the value of the house, didn’t really need to be done anyway, etc.

    I will not be run into the ground anymore by these CROOKS. I am not saying that all AGENTS are crooks, just some of them.

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