Whether you've bought and sold several homes or this is your first foray into home selling, you want to get top dollar for your property. In addition to commonly known tips, like improving to home's curb appeal, there are several other, easy ways that can help you get the most for your home. 

1. Get a Home Inspection. If you have a home inspection completed before there's an offer, it shows that you're prepared. Make sure you have fixed any issues that may have come up on the inspection and be able to provide proof, especially for larger purchases.

2. Professional Photos Make a Difference. When choosing a Realtor to list your home, be sure to check out their previous listings. If the listing photos aren't done by a professional, it can make the listing look sloppy and doesn't present your home in the best way possible. 

3. List "Extras". Does the property have motion sensor lights in the back yard, a camera door bell, built-in wifi speakers on the back porch? What may seem ordinary to you may be the extras that inspire a top dollar offer. 

4. Make Updates. If your home is outdated, making updates like changing brass finishes to oil-rubbed bronze or painting can make a big difference in how home buyers perceive your home. 

5. Remove Clutter. Even if you're in the process of packing, you should still remove clutter throughout the home. Keep counters clean and do your best to maintain order in the closets. Clutter can be distracting and buyers may not notice the custom tile back splash through the small appliances and stack of mail on the counter. 

6. Hire a Realtor You Trust. Your Realtor can make or break the sale of your home. Interview several agents, get referrals from friends and family, and ask agents for testimonials. Choose a Realtor that has experience selling in your neighborhood and who has a detailed marketing plan to get your property in front of more qualified buyers. 

7. Remove Orders. Pet and cooking odors can turn off buyers immediately because they're worried they won't be able to get the smell out. Trust your Realtor if they mention odors in the home. Often times, a deep cleaning of the home (and the pet!) can remove the odor. Don't cook pungent food immediately before a showing and choose a light home fragrance if you choose to go that route. 

8. Price it Right. Pricing your home too low or too high can alienate groups of home buyers. Your Realtor should have recent experience in selling homes in your neighborhood and should know how to best price your home. 

9. Use Good Lighting. As we go into fall and daylight decreases, it's especially important to have good lighting throughout your home. Make sure all lights are on for showings. Not only does this illuminate the rooms, but buyers will feel more comfortable touring your home than if they have to turn on lights for every room. Keep drapes open or switch to sheer window treatments to let natural light in. 

10. Have a Plan for Showings. If you have kids, pets, or work from home, it's especially important to have a plan for showings. Do you need 24 hour notice? 2 hour notice? Plan to wipe down counters, take out the trash, make beds, load the dishwasher, and kennel or take pets with you. Ask your Realtor to help you create a plan so you don't miss anything. 

If you are planning to sell your home in Reno-Sparks, Sallan Real Estate would be honored to assist. We have experience selling homes in nearly every neighborhood and have called Northern Nevada home for decades. Contact Sallan Real Estate for your complimentary custom home valuation so you'll know what your home could sell for in today's market. 

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