8 TIPS FOR SELLING YOUR HOME
1. PRICE IT RIGHT FROM THE START: Sellers often think they should start the asking price high and then lower it later if the house fails to sell. But that can result in a slower sale – sometimes even at a lower price. The first 30 days’ activity of your house being on the market is usually the best activity. If the price is too high, many buyers and their agents will stay away, assuming you’re not serious about selling or you’re unwilling to negotiate.
2. ENHANCE THE CURB APPEAL: This could mean keeping the grass cut/trimmed, removing clutter from around the exterior of the house, planting flowers/shrubs, painting the front door, replacing the mailbox, etc…. Prospective buyers form an opinion about your home the moment they pull in the driveway. 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, so make it count! It’s important to make people feel warm, welcome, and safe as they approach the house.
3. UPDATE BUT DON’T OVER-UPDATE: Basic updates such as new fixtures, fresh paint, new curtains and updated landscaping are all fairly easy and affordable ways to give your home a makeover. But 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.
4. CLEAN, DECLUTTER AND DEPERSONALIZE: The fewer things there are in the home, the larger it will look, so remove knickknacks and excess furniture. Also take down family photos and other personalized ideas so prospective buyers can envision their family in the house, not yours. Finally, make sure you keep the house clean and straightened because you never know when a prospective buyer may want to come view your home. If you have problems being able to keep the house clean and organized due to health problems or work schedules. You may want to consider hiring someone to come clean on a regular basis, or as needed basis.
5. STAGE THE HOME: Staging simply means arranging your furniture and other items to best showcase the floor plan and maximize the use of space. If you have odd rooms with no obvious role, give them one. An odd alcove off the kitchen could be staged as an office or a pantry, for example.
6. MAKE THE PROPERTY EASY TO SHOW: The more flexible you are about visits, the more people will be able to see your home. Be ready for prospective visitors early in the morning, at night and on weekends, with little notice. Also, leave when the house is shown so would-be buyers can feel free to move about without feeling like intruders and discuss the home's pros and cons honestly.
7. REMOVE PETS: If at all possible remove pets and their items (dog dishes, pet beds, cat litter boxes, etc…). Not all prospective buyers feel comfortable around animals and some may even be allergic. The goal is to keep them focused on the home and not on wondering if they’re going to get bitten or end up having an allergic reaction. The more time a prospective buyer can spend focused on the homes qualities the better.
8. PICKING THE RIGHT AGENT: Picking the right real estate agent is a very important step in selling your home/property. It’s important to have an agent that listens to you and understands your objectives. As a qualified real estate professional, I am ready to assist you with all of your real estate needs. My approach is customized for each client; my solutions are never one-size-fits-all! If you’ve decided to sell your home/property or are debating on selling; I’d be honored to sit down with you and discuss your unique situation. Thanks in advance for your considerations!