4 Resolutions That Will Help Sell Your Home in 2019


Deciding to sell a house can be an exciting decision. It can also quickly become a nerve-racking process. To help keep you motivated, we’ve made a list of simple resolutions to help you sell your home in 2019. Start your new year off right by minimizing stress while making your home more attractive to potential buyers.

4 Resolutions That Will Help Sell Your Home in 2019

This short, simple list will help you get your house in shape for the local real estate market.

1. Find a Great Realtor

Just as important as getting your house ready to sell is finding the right person to help you sell it. An experienced and professional real estate agent will be familiar with the local market and buying trends in the area. They’ll also help you make clear and informed decisions about pricing, renovations, and negotiating with buyers. With their guidance, you’ll learn simple ways to maximize your home’s appeal so that you can get top dollar in the sale.

2. Get Your Home Prepped

Once you’ve found the perfect realtor and understand each step of the selling process, it’s time to make your home market-ready. Before your first open house, focus on the 3 Ds:

  • Deep Clean – kitchens, bathrooms, carpets, cupboards, and even the garage. If you don’t have time, consider hiring a cleaning service to perform a deep clean for you.
  • Declutter – donate old clothing and furniture, throw out old junk, organize and put away anything left out that doesn’t need to be visible during a walk-through
  • Depersonalize – minimize knickknacks and décor, consider repainting rooms to a light and neutral shade, move or pack up personal photos and mementos

Doing all this will help to make your home appear airier and more organized. You’ll also be reducing the amount of work you’ll have to do when it’s finally time to pack up and move out. Potential buyers want to imagine themselves living in your home – your job it to help show it off at its best.

3. Choose Upgrades Wisely

Even after cleaning and doing what you can to make your home look more spacious and welcoming, you may find that some updates are still in order. A lot of emphasis is placed on kitchen and bathroom renovations and while those can make a huge difference, they’re also expensive. Focus on upgrades that will provide the best ROI. Some things, like energy-saving windows, a new garage door, and new fixtures (like faucet knobs and spigots) can pay off well for you.

And don’t neglect curb appeal! A lush green lawn, vibrant flowers, clear walkway, and a well-maintained exterior help to create a good impression right from the start.

4. Set the Stage

For many prospective buyers, the ideal open house feels comfortable and inviting, so it’s important to set the right tone for their arrival. Let in as much light as possible and arrange flowers to create a simple, serene setting. You can also brew coffee or put out freshly baked cookies for visitors to make them feel more at home – or light scented candles that give off these aromas when lit. This helps to provide a positive sensory experience, which potential buyers will remember and appreciate.

At Holloway-Westerling, we’ve earned our reputation as one of Knoxville’s premier realtors. We know the local real estate market and can provide the guidance and insight you need. Meet step one of your resolutions for selling your home in 2019 and contact us to set up an appointment!

(This post was originally published on 1/20/16. It has since been updated.)

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