TIPS FOR SELLING YOUR HOME
Price it right from the start. Agents and buyers know when they find a good deal, and they know they need to move quickly. You’ll save yourself time and hassle if you skip the high-price games altogether.
Enhance your home’s curb appeal. That could mean adding new sod, planting flowers, painting the front door or replacing the mailbox. Prospective buyers form an opinion the moment they spot the home.
Update the interior and exterior. New fixtures, fresh paint and updated landscaping are all fairly easy and affordable ways to give your home a makeover. Your home should look up to the current market conditions and reflect current trends.
Clean and declutter. Remove knickknacks and excess furniture. The fewer things there are in the home, the larger it will look. You may want to hire a cleaning service to do a deep cleaning, including washing the windows.
Depersonalize. Remove family photos, religious items and political posters. Get all the children’s drawings off the refrigerator. You want prospective buyers to envision their family in the house, not yours.
Fix anything that’s obviously broken. A cracked windowpane may not bother you, but it gives the impression that you may not care to keep up your home.
Stage the house to show how the rooms are supposed to be used. 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.
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 to welcome prospective visitors early in the morning, at night and on weekends, with little notice.
Go away when the house is shown. You want would-be buyers to imagine themselves living in the home and to peek into closets without feeling like intruders. Leaving the house also gives them the freedom to discuss its pros and cons honestly without worrying about offending the seller. They will spend more time IN YOUR HOME if you are not there.
Remove your pets. Also remove their paraphernalia, such as dog dishes and cat litter boxes (or at least hide them). A prospective buyer shouldn’t even know that a pet lives in the home if you can help it.
Deal with an agent who’s going to showcase your house on social media. Share the listing yourself, too. I will post on my business page of Facebook and you will be able to share this post.
Make sure your listing is on all the major online portals, including Zillow, Trulia and Realtor.com. I belong to all of these online sites and YOUR home will show here!
Ensure the listing has good photos, and lots of them. Most homebuyers start their search online and decide which homes they want to see based on the photos. I use professional equipment and a wide angle lens; I can also hire a professional photographer if you prefer.
Share information about life in the neighborhood. The listing should include photos not only of the house, but also of nearby recreation, dining and shopping areas. I will market the ‘lifestyle’ of your neighborhood and the community amenities.
Get your home inspected BEFORE you list it. A pre-inspection can help you identify trouble spots and address issues proactively. I can provide you with a list of qualified, reputable inspectors.