Tips for Selling Your Home

Maine Home Buyer Tips

It’s very important for the buyer to get a good first impression of your property when viewing it. Here are a few simple Maine home seller tips that can help increase your home’s curb appeal and help it sell:

Exterior Curb Appeal

  • Mow the grass and trim back the shrubs
  • Park extra vehicles away from the house
  • Paint the exterior if needed
  • Make sure windows and screens are clean

Interior

  • Make sure plumbing and all appliances are in good working order
  • Maintain all sealants (sink, tub, window, shower, etc.)
  • Make sure roof and gutters are in good condition
  • Make sure you have a clean and inviting interior
  • De-personalize photos and personal effects
  • Remove clutter and pick up any toys
  • Keep the kitchen and bathroom clean
  • Vacuum carpets and keep floor surfaces clean
  • Put dishes and laundry away
  • Make beds
  • Open drapes and turn on lights to enhance the atmosphere
  • Keep closets neat
  • Keep pets out of the way
  • Put jewelry, cash, medications and other valuables away

4 Best Kept Secrets for Getting the Most Money for Your Home

When selling your home, you want to get the most money possible for it. Whether it’s perceived or actual value, you want your home to stand out in a buyer’s mind when it comes time for them to make their decision. Get more money for your home by following these four time-proven secrets for increasing your home’s value.

1. Wait until the property is physically ready
You may be anxious to get your home sold, but you shouldn’t rush when making repairs, cosmetic changes, or revamping your home’s curb appeal. With such a competitive selling market, first impressions are vital in the sales process and many buyers have already judged the home before they walk through the front door, which means curb appeal is a top priority. Also, take the time to make changes that will make your home welcoming to prospective buyers once they are inside, such as replacing old carpet or floors and outdated appliances, and making other home improvements that will help your home stand out when buyers are comparing your home to others.

2. The kitchen comes first
Realtors and buyers agree that the kitchen is the single most important feature of a house for sale. Not only are the benefits of remodeling the kitchen endless, Trulia reports that, on average, people who remodel the kitchen generally get an 85% return on investment. It could cost as little as a few thousand dollars to replace countertops and cabinets, while dated kitchens can take as much as $15,000 off the asking price. A fresh coat of neutral paint is recommended so buyers can start to envision their own style, and if you have a little extra money, buying one high-end stainless steel appliance will add perceived value to the rest of the appliances in the kitchen.

3. De-personalize your home and always be ready to show
While you have worked hard over the years to make this structure your home, it’s now time for you to move and let someone else make it theirs. The more personal things there are in your house, the less potential buyers can imagine themselves living there. Rearranging the furniture to showcase the floor plan and maximizing the use of your home’s space will show the full potential of your home. Having all of this done before your house is listed will help you be in “ready-to-show mode.” Always being ready to show means a clean interior and exterior, spotless bathrooms, no dirty dishes, etc…. Doing this may be inconvenient, but it will help get your house sold.

4. Upgrade to energy-efficient appliances
Saving money is always a positive, and upgrading to energy-efficient appliances can help differentiate your home from others on the market. A hot water heater will typically make up between 15 to 25 percent of your annual home energy use. Standard water heaters keep around 50 gallons of water hot 24/7 regardless of if you are using it or not. Tankless models will only heat water as you need it, cutting down on these energy costs. Installing storm windows or energy-efficient ones, as well as energy-efficient doors, will help cut down on energy costs, as well. Not only will these changes start saving you money while you’re still living in your home, these are the features that prospective buyers are looking for.

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