If you've ever thought about selling your home, I'm sure you have a list of stop signs or hesitations that you circled through over and over again before you either pulled the plug, or decided to take the leap! Well, have NO FEAR, HGTV and some of our NHC agents are here to help, by giving you the secret sauce of home-selling. 

#10: Overpricing your home!

HGTV's #10 selling secret says: Find out what your home is worth, then shave 15 to 20 percent off the price. You’ll be stampeded by buyers with multiple bids — even in the worst markets — and they’ll bid up the price over what it’s worth. It takes real courage and most sellers just don’t want to risk it, but it’s the single best strategy to sell a home in today’s market.

#9: Half Empty Closets Image result for half empty closets

Storage is something every buyer is looking for and can never have enough of. Take half the stuff out of your closets then neatly organize what’s left in there. Buyers will snoop, so be sure to keep all your closets and cabinets clean and tidy.

Also, check out www.easyclosets.com for more organizational tips!

Our very own Amy Meier adds that "declutter-ing is always best, maybe even try LESS or smaller furniture while you are staging to sell."

#8: Light it Up!   THIS:Image result for great indoor lighting to sell homes VS: Related image

Maximize the light in your home. After location, good light is the one thing that every buyer cites that they want in a home. Take down the drapes, clean the windows, change the lampshades, increase the wattage of your light bulbs and cut the bushes outside to let in sunshine. Do what you have to do make your house bright and cheery – it will make it more sellable.

#7: Play the Agent Field-THIS: NOT THIS:

A secret sale killer is hiring the wrong agent. Make sure you have a agent who is totally informed. They must constantly monitor the multiple listing service (MLS), know what properties are going on the market and know the comps in your neighborhood. Find an agent who embraces technology – a tech-savvy one has many tools to get your house sold.

The right agent for YOU waits HERE  (:

#6: Conceal your critters Image result for puppy in kennel

You might think a cuddly dog would warm the hearts of potential buyers, but you’d be wrong. Not everybody is a dog- or cat-lover. Buyers don’t want to walk in your home and see a bowl full of dog food, smell the kitty litter box or have tufts of pet hair stuck to their clothes. It will give buyers the impression that your house is not clean. If you’re planning an open house, send the critters to a pet hotel for the day.

I, personally, think this is a HUGE one! We know you love your pet, and fellow pet-owners understand, but whether buyers are bringing animals with them when they move or not, they don't want to smell yours or really see much sign of them in their potential buy. So keep things FRESH: SMELLING, LOOKING, and SOUNDING!

#5: DON'T over-upgrade! Image result for before and after home upgrades

Quick fixes before selling always pay off. Mammoth makeovers, not so much. You probably won’t get your money back if you do a huge improvement project before you put your house on the market. Instead, do updates that will pay off and get you top dollar. Get a new fresh coat of paint on the walls. Clean the curtains or go buy some inexpensive new ones. Replace door handles, cabinet hardware, make sure closet doors are on track, fix leaky faucets and clean the grout.

When it comes to simple upgrades, our agent Angela adds that fresh, neutral wall colors add a nice visual for buyers to feel that the home is move-in ready, which is exactly what most clients want and look for!

#4: Take the "home" out of your houseImage result for family portrait in a frame in home

One of the most important things to do when selling your house is to de-personalize it. The more personal stuff in your house, the less potential buyers can imagine themselves living there. Get rid of a third of your stuff – put it in storage. This includes family photos, memorabilia collections and personal keepsakes. Consider hiring a home stager to maximize the full potential of your home. Staging simply means arranging your furniture to best showcase the floor plan and maximize the use of space.

Emilia, from our team agrees that de-personalizing your home helps buyers to better picture themselves living there, or arranging things they way they'd like them.

#3: The Kitchen Comes First Image result for great kitchen before and after

You’re not actually selling your house, you’re selling your kitchen – that’s how important it is. The benefits of remodeling your kitchen are endless, and the best part of it is that you’ll probably get 85% of your money back. It may be a few thousand dollars to replace countertops where a buyer may knock $10,000 off the asking price if your kitchen looks dated. The fastest, most inexpensive kitchen updates include painting and new cabinet hardware. Use a neutral-color paint so you can present buyers with a blank canvas where they can start envisioning their own style. If you have a little money to spend, buy one fancy stainless steel appliance. Why one? Because when people see one high-end appliance they think all the rest are expensive too and it updates the kitchen.

Here's some kitchen update HOW-TO's

This is also the kicker for James here on our NHC team! James says; "for almost every client I've worked with, the kitchen or bathroom is the deal breaker, so it has to be amazing or the buyer will walk."

#2: Always be ready to Show! Image result for real estate showing agent

Your house needs to be "show-ready" at all times – you never know when your buyer is going to walk through the door. You have to be available whenever they want to come see the place and it has to be in tip-top shape. Don’t leave dishes in the sink, keep the dishwasher cleaned out, the bathrooms sparkling and make sure there are no dust bunnies in the corners. It’s a little inconvenient, but it will get your house sold.

#1: The First impression is the ONLY impression Image result for welcome home mat

No matter how good the interior of your home looks, buyers have already judged your home before they walk through the door. You never have a second chance to make a first impression. It’s important to make people feel warm, welcome and safe as they approach the house. Spruce up your home’s exterior with inexpensive shrubs and brightly colored flowers. You can typically get a 100-percent return on the money you put into your home’s curb appeal. Entryways are also important. You use it as a utility space for your coat and keys. But, when you’re selling, make it welcoming by putting in a small bench, a vase of fresh-cut flowers or even some cookies.

Read the full HGTV article HERE

Now, I can totally appreciate that some of this probably seems daunting, but remember less is more, and using the right agent is really the key to making each of these steps easier. The home -selling process can be a great experience if you wish!