Deciding to sell your home can be a tough decision, but once you have made it, where do you go from there?  There are a few steps that you need to take in order to entice potential buyers and to put your best foot (or house) forward.  Here are some tips that will help you present your house in a positive way to hopefully attract more buyers:

  1. One of the most important things to do when you want to sell your home is to take photos of your home.And not just quick snapshots, but high quality images that really portray the beauty of your home.Today’s average home buyer will hop on the trending home selling websites to see what is out there and the most important thing they want to see are the photos of your home. Blurry photos or other negative images of your home will likely cause your buyer to move on to the next home.In addition, be sure to have plenty of photos of the interior.That buyer who may have been willing to forgive a blurry main image will definitely pass you over in favor of a home with more photos.While you don’t want to bombard a buyer with photos, you definitely want to give them enough images to spark and keep their interest.

  2. Keep a tidy home.Potential buyers are more likely to want to look at, and possibly buy, a home that is clean and move-in ready.Keeping your house clean and neat will help the potential buyer imagine what their own furnishings may look like in your home.If you can get them to imagine living in your home, you have a better chance at selling it to them.

  3. Remember, less is more.De-clutter, de-clutter, de-clutter!Cleaning your house is just the start of the home selling process.Minimizing what you have in your home is taking it one step further and removing all the clutter will also make your house feel larger to the buyers.Every door, every cabinet, and every curtain has the potential to be looked behind, so don’t remove something from a shelf only to hide it in a place that a buyer may look.Think of this as a great time to de-clutter and consolidate, and maybe even yard sale!

  4. If there are repairs that you haven’t yet gotten to, now is the time to get to them. Any problems with the house will come to light when a buyer does their inspection of the property.If you’ve managed to get a buyer on the hook, the last thing you want to do is lose the transaction over a needed repair.Making a repair ahead of listing your home is always the best way to proceed but if something you were unaware of is revealed during the inspection process, there’s always the possibility of giving the buyer a credit to take care of the problem on their own.

  5. Accommodate the buyers.Understand that potential buyers are on different schedules than you might be.They may have time during the day while you are working and want to see your house right away.No matter what time of day, do your best to allow them to come in and see your home.And remember, it needs to be clean and tidy when they see it.This is probably one of the biggest complaints I hear from my sellers.They really don’t like having to keep their home “show ready” every single day.This may indeed be a difficult thing to do but if you keep your eye on the prize, it will work to your advantage.

Even if you do all of these things when selling your home, it's best to prepare mentally and financially for less-than-ideal scenarios. The house may sit on the market for far longer than you expect, especially in a declining market. If you can't find a buyer in time, you may end up trying to pay two mortgages, having to rent your home out until you can find a buyer.