Maximise Your Home Selling Potential : Price

Whether you have gone down the tried and tested realtor road or a fast for cash house sale scheme, one thing becomes very apparent when you’re selling your home; “am I maximising my home value, am I selling at the right price?”

The real question here is, “how should I price my home?” It’s easy to get caught in the trap of, sell it for the most amount of money you can. In fact, that’s not so much a trap but sound financial advice, moreover, what you want to know is, what is the real value of my home, and how can I get it?

The single most important factor about any house sale is the price you’re asking. It’s that old biblical story of “ask and you shall receive” but there is a caveat, ‘you need to ask intelligently.’ You can’t expect to sell your home for $150,000 if the local market place hasn’t broken through the $120,000 barrier.

Pricing is all about supply and demand, there are agents who know how to price at the market value, there are those who understand the market intent. In both cases, this requires time, experience and a strong understanding of where your home can have the most impact from a sales perspective.

If you were looking to sell your home FSBO then understanding the sales principle is fundamental. Researching the market may not be enough, and if you go with a realtor who is looking to make targets over actually selling your property, then you can have some issues with getting the wrong kind of buyer – someone not willing to buy your house at market value, for example instead of someone with the right intent. How you price your home will  affect your house selling potential, period.

Look beyond the market, compare house for house
It’s great to look at the market place. Let’s say you live in Fort Lauderdale, and you have a three bedroom home on the market. It has a nice yard, parking, garage, a nice kitchen etc. Now let’s say the house across the street is for sale, similar setup but it is on the back of a marina. It has access to waterways etc. You could be talking of a price variance of $100,000.

What you need to do is be specific with your home comparisons. Going back to our example, you may want to search for homes more like yours than compared to the one across the street which will give you a better example of your house price. Only then will you see where your market value and price threshold really is.

Look at the homes that have sold
However you go about pricing your home, with or without your realtor, you want to also look at the homes that have sold. From this set of information you will be able to see;

  • What was the actual value of the house on sale compared to For Sale price.
  • What the average market reductions were. For example, 15% difference between For Sale and Sold for one area may apply to a style of home over another.
  • See what homes were taken down from listing and then re-listed and seeing what the price variance was at that point.

Look at the homes that did not sell
There will be numerous homes that did not sell. There will be reasons why they didn’t as well. One thing is guaranteed however, price will have had a major factor. You can learn from the mistakes of those that didn’t sell by seeing what kind of market they were in and how they priced their homes.

Square foot comparisons
It seems like a given that you already know what your house square foot measurements are, but there is something more to this than meets the eye.

  • Once you’ve sold your home, a buyer’s lender will order an appraisal and will want to compare to homes of similar square footage; if your house was overvalued, this will show up.
  • Appraisers don’t want to deviate more than 25% and prefer to stay within 10% of net square foot comparisons.

Market dependent pricing
And finally, pricing your property is market dependent, OK, so we knew that but what we mean here is, is it a buyers market or a sellers market. They will vary greatly for what you will be able to do in order to maximise your house selling potential. For the following example, let’s say your house is $150,000.

  • In a buyers market, you will be able to achieve close to your house value price. Let’s say that when compared to other homes, similar square footage, features etc, the buyer may have limited wiggle room if the prices are in the same ball park. Here you could expect to sell your house between $145,000 to $149,000.
  • In a sellers market you have more people searching for houses than actually available. So in this case you may want to add 10% to your house value, so $165,000 is your new selling price and you can look to make a bit more profit on your home sale.
  • In a balanced market you may need to edge to what the last house that sold similar to yours went for and adjusted slightly for market changes. You may be able to add 1% to your sale value, $154,500 or take 1% off, $145,500. This is where you need to best judge your market sale value.

To maximise your house selling potential, price is the first big step into getting the right position for the market place. Keep aware of the market and make sure your realtor is working with you on a price that can sell in the market and not plucking one out of the air.

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So You’ve Decided To Sell FSBO

Selling your house can be an exciting and somewhat stressful time, but there has been a pattern emerging for the last decade in going it alone and selling your home all by yourself, FSBO. (For Sale By Owner)

Obviously, we as realtors have seen many sides of this sale model and with any level of service we have come to understand what works and what doesn’t work as well. This is of course not saying that FSBO isn’t a model that doesn’t work well; there are many homes and more individuals selling their property through FSBO than ever before and the market is constantly growing.

But today, we wanted to discuss with you the process of selling FSBO and understanding what you as a seller need to do to make your property stand out, and importantly, sell.

Selling a house, whether it is FSBO or with a realtor requires the following basic principles;

Pricing your house correctly
Qualifying your buyer
Advertising your property
Knowing the laws and regulations to a house sale

Pricing your house correctly
This is one of the most important, if not, most important aspects of selling your home. Too low and you undervalue your house and your potential sale value after all the expenses paid out. Too high, and you may not even attract viewers, and when you do, you will get some offers that can completely undervalue your home.

If you’re looking to sell your house fast, undervaluing your property is the quickest way to attract viewers, but you need to understand if they are serious about your house sale, or if it is window shopping. (More on that in qualifying your buyer).

Are you aware of the property market that you are in? Do you know the local area well enough when it comes to the property market? Have you looked at house value prices? Have you seen what the expected market values might attract over the next coming period?

These are important considerations, especially when you are selling your house. One of the apparent advantages of selling your own home is that you get to dictate a little more the conditions, but this is what the market will decide, so you need to understand how the market is behaving before you can price your own home.

Qualifying your buyer
There is the famous scene in Glengarry Glenross where the sales staff are taught the rules of selling, ABC. Always Be Closing. It’s vicious, crude and downright antagonistic! But this is one of the things you need to be able to do when it comes to selling your home.
This is about understanding the person and their interest in buying. People are prone to window shopping, seeing what they could buy if they had money, or what type of property might be available for them in 12 months time.

These are the kinds of viewers you want to qualify early. A realtor will do this over the phone, they will ask questions where the intentions are clear and sometimes, this can stop people from even viewing the property and wasting your time; when you go FSBO you will need to gather the acumen to do this as well as the ABC rule of sales.

Advertising your property
You will see that there are sites where they offer advertising for your FSBO, however, do you know what market range they have? Do they place your property in the paper? Are they proactive with you and your property? Are they doing everything to get your house sold?

The answer is more than likely not. There is little in it for them other than an advertising fee, so then you need to take charge. You need to get your property MARKETED! Yes, there is difference between advertised and marketed, especially in a FSBO sale.

You need to take charge of the advertising, driving attention and money to getting the best deal possible for your house to be seen by as many people in the area and beyond to get your house sold. Realtors, good realtors, like ourselves, look after that.

Do you have access to a portfolio of buyers? Do you have access to a portfolio of international investors? Do you have the time to chase these leads as well as generate new ones?

Knowing the laws and regulations of selling your property
Legal documents are no joke when it comes to selling your home. The last thing you want to be doing is creating more work, spending more money and getting nowhere, fast because you don’t have the paperwork to get this area of your home sale organised.

If you don’t have the skills to write binding contracts, you will either risk your house sale completely or have to hire someone last second to get this completed at a great cost to you and your personal finances.

How much do you know about, buyer’s contingencies, seller disclosure laws, lead based paint issues, financing options, title and deed requirements? Any of these things can lead to post sale legal disputes and you want to avoid these at all costs.

The easiest thing to remember with anything legal… be prepared. Get your documents in order. Go and speak to a realtor about the kinds of contracts you need to put in place, speak to a solicitor about handling the paperwork, do whatever is necessary to make your house sale worth the time and investment by going it alone and not having to think about legal repercussions afterwards.

In conclusion
Selling your home through FSBO is achievable, but there are hidden perils and you need to be fully aware of these before you decide that you want to sell your home this way.

There are many different things to consider as well as the list from above.

We haven’t touched upon scams, home safety, negotiation or the other myriad of things that are essential to a home sale. Most FSBO sales are performed through some sort of realtor service anyway, so you need to be aware of a 3% charge (in some cases 6%) without having any of the benefits associated with a realtor looking after your home sale.

Selling your home can be stressful and if you were to get any of the above wrong, it could add to that stress greatly. Be prepared to learn day to day, learn how to market and get your house sale on track when you go through FSBO.

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How To Sell Your House Fast : Bedroom Makeover

How you present your bedroom is going to be one of the key things that a potential house buyer will use to assess how much work the rest of the house will need. After all, you spend a quarter of your life sleeping, so if your bedroom isn’t up to standards, how can the rest of the home be? Right?

Styling a bedroom for a house sale is going to be a simple yet time heavy feature, simply because you will have large pieces of furniture that you will need to consider storing away for a few days, this includes your bed!

So what are the key guiding tips to selling your home fast by using your bedroom as a guide? Following our bathroom guide, here are just some tips to get your bathroom into that perfect “sell-worthy” standard.

Create Space
When you’re creating your bedroom style and design, you want to also create the sense of flow/space that means that potential buyers will feel at ease with the property and the space that they are in.

Look at hotels, 90% of them have the same floor plans because it is something simple and works. If you have large, clumbersome wardrobes, for your house sale, take them away. Clear your areas of chair or soft furnishings which will block people getting from one area to another.

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Play on optics
What you want to achieve here is that, even if your room is not the biggest, you want people to believe it is through optical illusions. So, how do you that?

Windows are the key. If your bed can go in a location where there is good flow in the room and you can get a great view of the outside then point the bed in that direction, and then most importantly, keep the blinds up. You want people to see what they will be seeing first thing in the morning, if you have a view, use it.

If you have wall space, use the area to hang big mirrors which will create a big optical illusion, and lights help massively – small room, small lights, big room, big and small lights. Illuminate the walls and really tell a story with softer plays on your bedroom space.

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Make it homely
One of the big pieces of advice that an interior designer will give on a new project is “make the rooms homely and personal to you.” There is no better and no worse place to get this wrong than the bedroom.

The key is to keep the homely element but remove the personal. Personal objects should be removed from the bedroom, but homely objects never. If you have great blankets or throws, use them. If you have variations of colour from fabrics and materials, showcase them. If you have space for long curtains that give you a sense of warmth, use all elements to get your bedroom your showpiece area.

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Selling Your House Fast: 3 Different Ways

Selling your house can be a stressful time. You may be moving because you can no longer afford the heavy mortgage repayments – especially if your bank introduces new rates. You could be selling your house because you need to move with your job and commuting from Florida to Los Angeles isn’t that feasible. Or you could be selling your house because, it wasn’t yours to start with; you could have inherited the property.

Whatever the reasons for selling your home, you know that there are solutions that you can take to get the best deal, and in the fastest way to get your house sold.

So, what are best ways to sell your house fast in Florida and how can we help you in sell your house fast? Here are some suggestions.

Do it yourself
If you wanted to avoid the cost of realtors and have the experience in either performing house staging, understand the property market and perhaps dealt with the legal side as well as the marketing of a property, then selling your house by yourself can be a great solution.

There are of course a few downsides as well upsides. You need to manage the whole process which can be time restrictive; this includes organising viewings, being present at the showtime and even explaining any land legal requisites.

You will need to also market the property on websites, come up with sales pitch marketing language, get professional photos and being communicative throughout the whole sale purpose.

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Use a realtor
There is nothing wrong with using realtors, whilst there have been some in the past that developed bad reputations, there are plenty around today that treat your home like their home. They organise everything, they make sure that you get the best deal for your home because the better the deal you can get, they get. It’s simple mathematics and logic.

However using a realtor can also pose a few problems. One of the big ones is understanding some of the finer details of your home which only you can really know and your realtor may not market to its best potential. The other downside with your realtor is the amount it costs.

On an average property sale of $100,000 you could be looking at nearly $10,000 in commission and taxes alone. That can be a problem, especially for those looking to generate quick capital – oh, and your realtor can’t sell your property fast if the market isn’t moving fast; you’ll need to wait for the market to move fast to get that kind of quick turnaround.

Use us, Fast Florida House Sale
Well, we couldn’t have a piece about selling homes fast without mentioning ourselves now, could we? We’ve been doing this for years and we understand the property market game. The advantages of using a service like ours include, fast guaranteed cash sale, usually within 48 hours; we also don’t have people walking through your home, dirtying your living areas, being nosy. We make sure that we take the market out of the equation and with our list of contacts we get cash buyers lined up that can take the properties straight away.

Ok, so what are the downsides, nothing is perfect, right? Well, OK the only downside is that you may only get upto 95% house market value. But think of that for a moment, with no legal fees, no realtor fees, no tax to pay, we get your house to market and sold within 48 hours with no haggling. Sounds like a great solution to selling your house fast.

Why not give us a call and see what one of the three options to selling your house fast can be with Fast Florida House Sale.

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How To Sell Your Home | Bathroom Re-modelling

One of the key considerations people make when it comes to selling their home is how much needs to be invested to get it to a “sell-worthy” standard. The areas that most people like to focus on is either the living room or the kitchen.

However, when it comes to value for money, the bathroom is arguably one of the better options, plus the sign of a clean, well kept bathroom is a silent psychological prompt to buyers of the state of the home; the better the bathroom, the better overall quality of the house.

So what are the key guiding tips to selling your home fast by using your bathroom as a guide? Here are just some tips to get your bathroom into that perfect “sell-worthy” standard.

Clear your countertops
When it comes to your bathroom, you need to remember that during a house sale, no one wants to think of visiting someone’s bathroom, but their own. Therefore, things like toiletries, hygiene products, toothbrushes, cotton balls – the usual things you’d have in your bathroom would put potential buyers off, so in that case; clear your countertops.

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Build up your storage
This doesn’t need to cost you a lot of money but if you were going to put some cosmetic budget into your bathroom, then storage units are the way to go to. From under sink storage to even simpler storage items like wicker baskets you will find that you get maximum storage from little investment.

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Be sure that your cupboards are only two thirds full so it appears that your cupboards are larger on the inside and get rid of any old items of furniture that is taking up unnecessary space.

Get the cleaning kit
Dirty bathrooms put buyers off with exceptional ease. Keeping a clean space is easy once you have a routine, so you want to be sure that the first big clean in your selling phase is thorough. Use soft bleach on items like your white goods, get your floors cleaned with the right cleaning products and ensure that your cleaning routine goes over the bathroom at least once a week.

Minor upgrades
You don’t need to pay a lot, and you can use sites like eBay or Etsy for more unusual patterns and colour choices but minor upgrades will do a lot when it comes to your bathroom.

From mirrors to a new sink or even taps and handles for the doors, anything that can give your house the look and feel of new and fresh, that will help a lot with the buyers as they will feel that the house could be moved into straight away.

Keep it neutral
The last tip for your bathroom has to be, keep the colours neutral. From paint work to cabinets, having a neutral tone will seem less personal and more inviting to the potential buyers.

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How To Sell A Small House Fast

The time has come for you to upsize your living quarters. Yes, the first house you possibly bought was a little on the small size. Maybe you were single at the time and have found love. Maybe, just maybe, you have unexpectedly grown in family size that wasn’t really planned.

Whatever the reasons, your once cosy, small home is now too cosy and you need to upsize, fast! First, before you do any of that work though, you need to sell your small house!

Here’s the thing, you now think that selling a small house is going to be impossible. What you fail to recognise is, you’re no longer selling to your new, ambitious, bigger house person. You’re selling to a market that you were in not that long ago.

What you need to do is stop thinking big and start thinking smart. Want to know what tips can help you sell a small house fast? Here are some ideas to making you get that fast cash sale on your small property.

Storage, Storage, Storage
When it comes to small homes, storage is key! Whether that be smart hanging rails to clever under furniture storage solutions, what you want to do is take the clutter that can easily build up in a small house/apartment and make the best use of storage solutions that give you the sense of space and flow around the living areas.

By moving the TV off a tall unit and instead replacing with a wall bracket and then using a low storage solution, you will create more wall space and make the room look naturally bigger and brighter.

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Let the light in
Here is one big caveat of small living, lighting. You will either be blessed with lots of natural light that you can maximise by making windows bigger, or if possible, by knocking down a wall and creating lots of flowing light areas, or you may be limited on what architectural smashing may be possible.

If the later is the case, then what you want to do is to create the most amount of light points as possible. You can start with paint that is designed to reflect light particles, you can add great light fittings and features that can double up as wall features and storage solutions.

Finally, consider strip lighting in the ground or across your lower floor features. By illuminating from below as well as from the sides, rooms appear naturally large.

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Be practical with colours
It makes sense that if you start painting things dark, you will naturally “close the room” making it look smaller and unwelcoming. A dark colour could be an accent on a wall, but we would advise that you aim to get the pale, neutral colours as your main wall colours. You will make spaces larger and brighter.

Lift your floor!
If budget wasn’t an issue, then one of the big things that you could do is a small space is to, in some way, lift your floor.

What we mean by this is to either develop a mezzanine level or raise your living areas by creating zones each with functional areas creating an open-plan layout, and there’s space beneath the raised section for storage of furniture or other possessions.

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How To Stage Your Bedroom For A House Sale

Selling your home fast can come with many different caveats. Whether you are trying to sell because of family circumstances, your job has moved or you’re looking for a change, making sure you have the kind of home that will sell is key to getting what you need, and where you need to be, fast!

So what does that take, and how can you be best prepared for the sight and sound of visitors to your home?

House staging/open houses have become more and more commonplace, and it’s no surprise that there are business sprouting all across the country of people sticking home stagings together.

One of the rooms though that is forgotten is the bedroom, and this is a BIG mistake! Think about it, if you’re buying a house you will want to understand where you will be spending the most amount of time. From the kitchen to the living room, you will spend a lot of time in social areas but the bedroom is unique. Depending on where your house is based, you could be attracting the kind of buyer that really values a good sized bedroom and the benefits of en-suite bathroom and other facilities.

Therefore it is essential that you stage not only your living areas, but your resting ones as well. Here are some tips to a bedroom staging.

Choose calm, relaxing colours
One of the big things is, bedrooms are a personal choice, because of that, you can be mistaken for thinking that the colour scheme should be as equally unique as you are. Great, but if you’re trying to sell your home, you want to convey a place of rest and relaxation.

So how do you that? Start with the right colour. “Start by using neutrals – such as white, taupe, silver, gold, charcoal – and steering away from bright prints and patterns.”

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Get on Ebay for some lighting
When you’re looking to sell your home, you want to save as much money as possible, but have you ever considered the possibility that your room may need a few features and therefore you need to spend some money?

If the answer is yes, then you want to consider eBay. Not only can you save cash, you can get some great finds, and one of the best things you can to a bedroom is have bedside lights. Big, bright bedside lighting that adds a touch of glamour and interior styling. Big base and lampshades can transform rooms!

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Put your bed in the right position
This sounds stupid but trust us when we say, people can still get this “wrong” even if they’ve slept at their house for 20+ years.

Bed positioning is all about enhancing room space, creating the illusion of equal lengths between windows, doors and storage areas and finally, using your bed to hide any ghastly old plug sockets. Buyers appreciate a well laid out room, and if one like your bedroom can evoke the right ideas of space and a focus on areas, then this is what you need to do to make it work.

Know how to contrast
So the first point was all about creating the right look, one that evokes peace and tranquility. Well knowing how to contrast the colours and textures in the room can make the difference for the buyer.

We are talking about using a crisp white on the walls with a dark blue or grey feature wall. We are looking at different materials, like wood and high end plastic chairs or cabinets to make the room stand out. We are also talking about throws on the bed to contrast shapes and textures. Get it right, the buyer won’t just want the house, but they’ll want your interior design skills too.

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The Pro’s Of Florida Property Investment

For many investors, the choices of what to do with their money over the last ten years has grown beyond expectation. From investments in rare wine’s to antique cars; furniture to musical instruments and even the major growth in crowd funding businesses to see a rate of return as near as 18% in some cases is really something that we can all admire.

However, when it comes to bricks and mortar, there has never been a marketplace or investment opportunity in these areas as ever before.

With more people placing their properties on the market than in the last decade, looking to either move from an area or simply go for larger square meters in their property, the housing market across the US has developed, especially after the financial crisis of 2006 – 2009.

Florida is of course one of those popular spots for real estate investment. Whether it is individuals buying a retirement property, a group of friends pooling their resources to get a second home or the standard winter migration to the state, Florida is a popular destination and a much sought after real estate investment dream.

If you’re in the market for property investment, here are just some of the pro’s of investing in this, Florida property marketplace.

Rates of return
When it comes to rates of return, the Florida property market is one of the best for investors. In fact if you look at the state as a whole, it has a better rate than nearly all with the state of New York and Hawaii only faring better in recent housing market reports. What type of return on investment are we talking about? Between 9% and 14%.

Between Orlando (2), Fort Lauderdale (8), Cape Coral (10) and Tampa Bay (14), these cities featured in the top 100 of property investment locations in a Forbes article written in May, 2016.

As discussed in the article, the findings didn’t shock the experts. “Why is Florida, of all places, dominating the list? “The Florida situation surprised me,” admits Winzer. But in light of the national economic recovery, Florida’s rise makes a lot of sense. Because it attracts retirees, second-home buyers, and investors, the Sunshine State’s housing market is subject to more volatility than other markets.”

Leverage
If you were to look at property investment as a complete package, you would understand that it can work in two ways.

The first is that you have to buy the property, dependent upon condition, you could get a real bargain. But for you to make the necessary returns and margins on a re-sale, you need to use the right amount of leverage and finance facilities to make this happen.

That is where investing in Florida is great. The banks on average can provide the financial leverage for you and is typically 70% of full asking price.

Tax Advantages
Well, tax advantages for investing in Florida have been well noted. Aside from a handful of other states which include, Wyoming, Nevada and Texas, getting a tax advantage is one of the attractions of investing in the Florida market place.

There are different ways that one can get tax advantages, especially if the investor is living out of the state. Income tax is not collected by the IRS in Florida, and your overall tax payments will be lower. There are of course many different ways of getting tax relief from Florida property investment and these should be researched and discussed first before making any big leaps into the real estate market.

For investors looking to use the right company to source and find properties for great opportunities, give us a call today to see how we can help you with your queries.

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What is putting buyers off your home?

There are loads of guides on how to sell your home. From realtors to lifestyle magazines and bloggers, you can’t not find the right kind of information for when it comes to selling your house. Even our own amazing blog is a great source for things to look out for.

But when it comes to the question of what to avoid when you are selling your home, that is a completely different matter.

From surveys to randomly generated reports, the kind of information that you can find on what not to do when it comes to selling your home can be confusing.

The real question then is, what is putting buyers off your home? After some extensive digging around, here are just some of the things that you need to think of when it comes to pleasing any house buyer.

1) Bad smells
Yes, that’s right, bad smells are one of the biggest complaints of potential home buyers. From your soaking wet cat to foot odor and food smells which may be baked into the walls of the living spaces, bad smells can put off 2/3rds of potential home buyers.

2) Bad Electrics
Outdated electrics, gas, water and all utilities that haven’t been changed or serviced for many years can have a real affect on the home buyer. For many, it’s a sign that the house hasn’t been maintained and a severe cost that they would need to pay out for to bring it all to standards.

3) Clutter/Mess
It goes without saying, but if your house is cluttered and you have newspapers piling up since the Nixon administration you aren’t going to attract many buyers to your house, and if you did, you’re going to struggle to sell to them. Clutter/Mess puts off up to 35% of home buyers in a survey conducted in 2016; get cleaning up and hire a skip if your house has that much lying about.

4) An unkempt yard
You have been told many times before, but if you haven’t, here is the reality; your front yard is your calling card to attracting potential buyers. It is the first thing they see and if the yard looks like it needs a lot of work, they will assume so will the rest of the house. Fix panels and cut the lawn, that would be a good start even if the bare minimum.

5) Bad lighting
Sometimes, this can’t be avoided. Bad lighting is an architectural fault if any, but sometimes, home owners can’t help themselves especially in rooms which shine lots of light but blinds are put up to keep it all out. It’s OK to do that, but when someone is viewing your home, you want the light to come in and show off the house.

Whatever the condition of your home, we at Fast Florida House Sale will make a cash offer on your property in 48 hours of viewing your home. Why not give us a call today to see how we can help.

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How to Sell Your House Fast: Paint Jobs

Home buyers look for some key things when they are shopping for a new property. How does the exterior of the house look on first impact? What is the condition of the kitchen? How much money needs to be invested in renovation?

What counts is the following, the more negatives that someone places in their mind about these questions, the less likely you are going to find a buyer that will pay full price or potentially 80% of the offer of the house unless there is a substantial shift in the market place.

That’s right, by having a house which lacks in buyer appeal you could lose up to 20% of your home value especially when it comes to perception of your home’s condition.

So, what are the ways around this and how can you start to see buyers giving you the value you really want for your property?

A good paint job
Well, the big question is, what are you going to get the most value from? The answer, a good paint job. Painting the interior of your home can be one of the best returns in terms of time and investment, but also, a big selling point for new buyers.

With an average spend of $1600 you could get back as much as 18% value on your property, not bad for a few days work and refreshing your living areas.

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What are the best colours to paint your home?
There are a few choices you could go for here, but let’s try and keep this as accessible and “normal” as possible. By normal we mean, what would a buyer not be put off by. If you think pepto bismol pink is a shade for a living room, we want to avoid this kind of reasoning, and colour.

White
White is a standard great colour for those looking to do two things. The first, apply a quick coat, perhaps two and let the room and it’s features take over. It could be that you have bright coloured rugs, modern or deco lamps or interesting pictures that you want buyers to visualise in what could be their own new living environment. The second, and simply put, white makes rooms look bigger. Think of museums, galleries, toilets. White walls provide the illusion of grand spaces and blank canvases to work with.

Light Grey
We’ve spoken in the past about the colour grey and how it should be avoided, but this was for the dark grey category. Dark grey is not only a very personal choice, it can make the room feel drawn in. What you want to focus on is light grey’s, for reasons very similar to white with an added condition; light grey is not white. Light grey gives the room a little more of a feature feel and can feel warmer than a plain white shade.

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Yellows
Ah yellow. Yellow is a great colour, not only does it make buyers feel warm and welcome but it also triggers mental recalls of spring and summer months which are spent enjoying the sunshine, it elicits happiness more than any other colour in the spectrum. However, it must be noted, yellow can also put some people off. Try mixing and matching, lighter tones in the living room, study, brighter in the kitchen or bathroom.


 

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