How to Sell Your House for the Highest Price

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If you are reading this, there is a good chance you are either in the process of or are looking into selling your house for the highest price. There are many reasons why people sell their house.

It could be a need for change of scenery, a new job, a growing family, a divorce, or maybe just boredom.

While the reasoning for selling a house may differ from person to person, every individual selling their house has at least one thing in common. Everybody wants to sell their house for the highest price possible.

Sure, this goal is common, but it is also lofty. In a competitive marketplace where the person across the street, the family around the block, and your neighbor next door may all be trying to do the same, selling your house may seem impossible.

So, how do you stand out from the pack? Let us help you figure out how to sell your house for the highest price.

Fix It Up

The quickest way to sell your house for the cheapest price possible, is to do nothing to the home and hope that a flipper will come and buy it. However, that’s not what you are here for. You want to sell your house for the highest price.

If you want to sell your house for the highest price, then you need to make it worth that fat price tag. Sure, that crack in the wall never bothered you.

But ask yourself, “Was that crack in the wall there when I moved in?” Probably not.

Just because the house sufficed for you, crack in the wall and all, it doesn’t mean the same for all your potential buyers.

Something simple like filling in that crack with plaster and repainting the room will cost you less than a hundred dollars to do.

In turn, seeing a newly painted room that is crack-free won’t turn off potential buyers from forking over thousands for your house.

Obviously, you are moving out of your house and don’t want to spend any more on it. But as the old adage says, “Sometimes you need to spend money to make money.”

Don’t look at this an investment in a house you are leaving. Look at fixing up the little things as an investment in your bank account.

Getting the most for your house takes dedication and patience.

Make it Homey…With You in It

How can someone else envision their family making new memories in their new home when your memories are littered everywhere?

Pack up your pictures, take down your kids’ awards, and leave the premises for potential showings.

This isn’t your home anymore. However, it is still a home. So, don’t strip the walls bare and make the house cold and uninviting.

Decorate the house with paintings and plants. Place mirrors on bare walls and lamps on empty tables.

Pretend you are walking into a showroom at Raymour & Flanigan. They set up multiple living spaces that feel homey to all walks of life. Turn your house into a Raymour & Flanigan showroom. Make it appealing for everyone.

Accentuate What People Want

There are two things that potential buyers crave when they are looking to purchase a house–closet space and lighting.

Sure, you can’t carve a hole into your wall to make a new closet or demo the spare room to transform it into a walk-in. However, you can get creative by forming the illusion of more closet space.

For instance, get a closet organizer. This rather inexpensive purchase on your behalf may translate into thousands of dollars in your pockets.

To those looking to buy your house, a closet organizer means more little compartments for people to store their belongings.

You can also do something simple such as installing a rod in the corner of the bedroom.

This allows more room for people to hang their clothes such as tomorrow’s outfit that they don’t want to get wrinkled.

Put a shoe closet at the bottom of the closet, or hang one on the back of the closet door. Little options like this gives the person looking to buy your house a sense that they are getting bonus perks.

Secondly, people look for light. Even if you don’t intend on leaving every lamp behind, put them all throughout the house and right before a showing, turn them all on.

Studies have shown that light makes people happier and more at ease. Open all the blinds. Paint the room a brighter color.

Put up wallpaper that isn’t dark. Anything that will accentuate the light in the room will have a positive impact on your bank account.

Clean it Up

Once someone buys a house, the upkeep is on them. Until then, the upkeep is on you. Nobody wants to inherit your mess.

Start with the floors. Beat up, dingy floors are a huge turn off.  Wax them, make them shiny, or put down new carpet. Even if you have to hire a restoration company, doing what you can to restore the floor will help you sell your house for the highest price.

Cleaning it up doesn’t end on the inside. Take care of the outside as well. You can only make one first impression, so make it a good one.

Potential buyers turned off by the curbside appeal is not a good look for the rest of your showing. Trim hedges, cut the lawn, and pull the weeds.

If potential buyers drive off before seeing the insides, then the person who does end up buying your property will most likely not settle for the highest price.

Finding the right buyer is only half the battle when trying to maximize your profits

Price It Correctly

While everything so far is cosmetic, one of the most important factors of selling your house for the highest price, is to price it correctly to begin with.

Whenever you sell your house, you have to understand that there will probably be a negotiation process somewhere along the way. So, pick your bottom.

What is the lowest price you will settle for? Once that number is decided…don’t list your house for that price!

You are going to be talked down to that price. Not start off there! Whatever you list your house for, there’s a good possibility that you will be negotiated down. Your bottom is your bottom…not your max.

Also, don’t overprice. Overpricing will turn off potential buyers. Find out just how much your house is worth. From there, add a little more to it. Hopefully you can be talked down to just above your house’s value.

If All Else Fails…

Sometimes you just won’t get what you think your house deserves. That’s the housing market for you. When this happens, you can do a couple of things.

First, you can give in and take the lowest offer. If your house has been on the market for years, the lowest offer may just be the highest price your house can sell for.

There’s nothing you can do about it. Sometimes it’s the location. Other times it’s the fact that another house in your neighborhood stole your thunder. Perhaps your house just needs far too much work.

If the lowball offer of someone is just too low for you but you still want to sell, turning toward companies that buy your property as-is may be your best option.

Companies such as We Get Properties will offer you a fair deal for your house. While it may not be what you were hoping to get by listing your house on the market, the price will be more fair than a person trying to make a future with their family in your neighborhood.

There is no haggling, no negotiations, and no drawn-out closing process. We Get Properties offers you an amount based on the property’s current condition.

Closings take up to 27 days. When it is all said and done, you will get cash for your house and you are free to move out and on with your life.

David Carter

AuthorDavid Carter

Serious about helping people understand how to sell or save their home. I cover stories related to all things real estate. I'm interested in informing the public on ways to improve their daily lives by having a home they can afford.

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