6 Smart Ideas for Fetching Top Dollar For Your Home

For some homeowners this spring, the ‘for sale’ sign will be posted in the yard in hopes that a bidding war will break out. But even if you won’t be selling your home this season, you may want to tuck away these 6 Smart Ideas for Fetching Top Dollar For Your Home.

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Since I have bought and sold a handful of homes, I have personally learned plenty of helpful ideas along the way.

But you need not take my word for it! After all, different regions of the country call for different strategies. However, these ideas hail from the results of recent national marketing research from Zillow.

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6 Smart Ideas for Fetching Top Dollar For Your Home

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1. Make it Airy & Light

Obviously, you’ll want to clean as thoroughly as possible so your home looks the best it possibly can. Here is more detailed info on decluttering to prepare for an open house, and for a guide to cleaning your home thoroughly, see these ideas.

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You’ll also want to open blinds and window coverings to allow in as much natural light as possible.

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2. Write a Stellar Listing Description

It is important to be strategic about your home is described in the listing. For example, it turns out that listings which mention “spa-inspired bathroom features or entertainer-friendly kitchen amenities” sell for a higher price than expected (see this analysis). When a study examined the listing descriptions of 4 million properties which sold in 2016, certain features mentioned within the description positively influenced sales significantly.

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Features to emphasize in the listing to increase chances of fetching top dollar?

Theater Room/Media Room, Craftsman style architecture, Modern farmhouse style, Chef’s Kitchen, Professional Appliances, Farmhouse Sink, Prep Sink, Pizza Oven, Wine Frig, Carrara Marble, Shed or Garage studio, Outdoor fireplace, Outdoor Kitchen, Pet shower, Carrara Marble, Freestanding Tub, Pet shower, Steam shower, Coffered Ceiling, Meditation Room, Herringbone floors, Heated floors, and Solar panels.

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3. List at the Optimal Time

When should you place your home on the market?

Spring is the best time to list!

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The last two weeks of the month of April will be the best time to list if you live near San Francisco, New York or Chicago.

Live near LA? Then the last two weeks of May are ideal for pulling the trigger.

For other cities in the USA, the first two weeks of May are the safest bet for listing and receiving top dollar, In fact, this report concluded that listings during May 1-15 sell almost two weeks faster, nationwide.

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4. Take Time to Prep the Entry

Buyers want to be shown clearly that there is a designated place in the entry to place mail, keys, coats, etc. Make sure your entry area is clarified but not cluttered!

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5. De-personalize So Buyers Can Picture Themselves Living There

Make sure to remove personal items so that buyers are able to imagine living happily within your home. Specific personal items to remove include family photos, cluttered shelves, and refrigerator magnet decor.

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6. Consider 12 Features Buyers Pay More For

Theater Room/Media Room

According to the aforementioned study of millions of listings, on average, buyers will offer 19% more for a home with a theater or media room. Do you have a space in your home designated as a media room? Could you configure a theater room and add a few recliners?

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Modern Farmhouse & Craftsman Style

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Modern Farmhouse Finds!

Evergreen Bucket
Courtney Lamp Base
Capri Blue Candle in Mercury Glass
Dried Hydrangea Wreath
Flameless Candles & Remote
Antiqued Brass Candlesticks
Natural Linen Napkins
Black Taper Candlesticks
French Country Lamp
White Ruffle Spread + Shams
French Laundry Basket
Farmhouse Dining Table
Gertrude Wood Bench
Upholstered Dining Chair Set
White Ruffle Quilt Set
San Jose Handleset for Front Door
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Linen Slipcovered Dining Chair, Set of 2
Louis Upholstered Bench
Louis Ghost Chair
Pamela Arm Chair
Sweater Weave Basket
Rustic Wood Candleholders
Aged Terracotta Pots
French Country Wood Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair
Galvanized Console Table
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Bar Stool
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Rattan Armchair
Diptyque Oyedo Candle
Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
Tulip Style Modern Round Dining Table
French Industrial Metal Cafe Chair (Set of 2)
Designer Favorite Wall Mirror
White Farmhouse Lantern Pendant Light
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
French Country Loveseat
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Faux Bois Candleholders
Grainstripe Pillow
Bridge Kitchen Faucet (Stainless)
Jute Area Rug
Farmers Market Wreath
French Candle Style Chandelier
Reclaimed Wood 3 Leg Stool
Belgian Linen Sofa
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Life is Beauty…Pillow
Magnus Table Lamp
Spindle Leg Upholstered Bench
Belgian Style Lamp
Modern Farmhouse Lamp
White Slipcovered Sofa
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Marble Column Lamp
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Highback Armchair
Mini Pendant Light
White Vase Set
Round Woven Placemat Set
Leather Patchwork Ottoman
Brisa Dreamquest Sofa
Modern Brass Globe Pendant
Industrial Sconce
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
Leather Chesterfield Sofa
Boheme Madera Bench
Round Marble Side Table
Rustic Pedestal Farm Table
Linen Slipcover Dining Chair
Teak Farmhouse Stool
Farmhouse Style Design Elements
Barn Style Farmhouse Pendant Light! Stetson 1-Light Pendant
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Kitchen Design Elements

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Chef’s Kitchen, Professional Appliances, Farmhouse Sink, Prep Sink

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Pizza Oven, Wine Frig, Carrara Marble

36 Bottle Single Zone Freestanding Wine Cooler
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Shed or Garage Studio

Santa Rosa 12 ft. x 8 ft. Cedar Garden Shed
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Outdoor Fireplace & Kitchen

Pet Shower

Desirable Bathroom Design Features

Also, don’t forget to have WHITE towels in the bath rather than other colors.

Carrara Marble

3" x 8" Marble Subway Tile in White Carrara
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 Freestanding Tub

Have one? Buyers may pay 21% more!

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Bathroom design! 54" x 29" Freestanding Soaking Bathtub
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Steam Shower

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Coffered Ceiling

Meditation Room

Meditation rooms are especially desirable in Southern California…wouldn’t this look rather meditative?

Herringbone Floors

Heated Floors & Solar Panels

According to the report, buyers may pay 21% more for the feature of solar panels.

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How About a Sharp Bench to Improve Curb Appeal?

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Hope these ideas inspired you!

Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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7 Comments

  1. Joanna
    April 14, 2019 / 11:15 am

    Curb appeal is important. A nice walkway, gardens, a freshly painted door, a come “ sit awhile” chair or bench, are enticing to buyers. It’s the first thing they see and the last as they leave. Hopefully, your home will stay in their mind.
    I always paint the inside of my homes in a soft white. I thought when we retired and stopped moving (selling) I would add glorious color. Ha! My home is a creamy white. I wasn’t painting my homes just for resale but for myself. I need that calm in my home, as my mind is sometimes a tumbling mess.
    Blessings,
    ~Joanna

    • Michele
      Author
      April 14, 2019 / 11:46 am

      Love these beautiful suggestions – and you’ve got me wondering how “staging” and preparing homes to sell may significantly impact folks who haven’t lived with white or in a spare way before! Interesting to think that the process of getting a home ready for sale may actually change a person’s whole style mindset. Thanks for the discussion. 🙂

  2. April 14, 2019 / 3:05 pm

    Thanks Michele! Great suggestions. It seems like every new home in our area is a white farmhouse!

    • Michele
      Author
      April 14, 2019 / 3:39 pm

      Not surprised! Ha!

  3. April 17, 2019 / 12:00 pm

    You certainly cant go wrong with any of these , or all, but it sure adds up, so do it for yourself, before listing so you also get enjoyment out of it 🙂

    • Michele
      Author
      April 17, 2019 / 5:41 pm

      Great point – I guess the thought is you’ll get it all back and more when it sells, and the features will be brand spankin new which buyers appreciate. 🙂

  4. finding a contractor
    December 5, 2019 / 8:54 am

    Hello, thanks for the interesting article. I think these tips will be useful for many people, especially those who decide to sell their house. The price of a house is influenced by a lot of factors, which are very important to consider if you plan to sell your house at a good price. From my own experience, I can say that it’s better to prepare for the sale of a house in advance. It will also be good to search for additional information about which factors and how to affect the price when selling a house. This will help you avoid losing money when selling a house.

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