Here are some tips for making your home more attractive to buyers.
Make all the cosmetic improvements you can to get the house looking as good as possible. For instance, repaint, re-wallpaper, do some landscaping, replace broken shingles or shutters, and do anything else to make your house look good.
Increase the comfort of your home by repairing or replacing any part of it that is difficult to use. Change any overly unconventional aspects of your home to make them more conventional.
Make your home seem cozy and inviting when potentials buyers come by. Make sure the inside and outside are clean, neat, and well maintained, and have a fire burning in the fireplace, or a pot of coffee brewing. Be sure all toys, tools, and other items are put away. Keep pets out of sightóunless theyíre extremely well behaved--since buyers may be turned off. Try not to cook foods with lingering odors.
Here are some ideas for working with your broker to speed up the sale of your home.
Offer a warranty. Sometimes offering a warranty on the roof, electrical system, appliances, or other area that is causing the buyers to balk can speed up a sale or smooth the negotiating process.
Create a home sale kit with your broker. This consists of flyers to be distributed to potential home buyers. The flyer should contain photos of your homeís exterior, interior, and surroundings and should list major selling points. It should include information about utility costs, taxes, and a floor plan.
Do not help the broker show the home. Allow the broker to do his or her job, and make yourself available for questions, but do not try to help sell to potential buyers who are looking at your home.
Offer a bonus to your broker, and offer to pay half of the points on closing. Finally, if your house has been on the market for a long time, take it off and re-list it at a later time.