Selling a house can be stressful, especially if you don’t have the proper guidance. Finding the right real estate agent to partner with to market your home is the first step and one that should not be taken lightly. Call me and let me take the stress off your plate.
There are several things that every homeowner can (and should) do to make their property standout since nobody wants a house for sale that sits on the market. Here are some tips make sure your property stand out from its competition even in an over-saturated or off-season market that will ensure that you sell your home as quickly as possible for the highest possible price.
Hire me to discuss specifics for your home to prepare it for the market. Lucky for you, with me as your Listing Agent you will get the specifics and advice for your home to prepare it for the market.
My seven important things to do to give your house the best shot at selling.
1. Fix what’s broken
Make repairs: Inspections aren’t just due diligence—they are re-negotiation leverage especially in a buyer’s market. Fixing everything before you list your property may sound like a daunting task with some houses but to every reasonable extent repair anything that’s broken especially the obvious eye catching ones. Talk to me about what your property might need fixing prior to listing. Buyers are always looking for the perfect move-inready home, so fixing your home is key. If your house needs a lot of help, focus on the major problems in your home. Need a new roof? Buy one. A new owner will not want to put a new roof on the house unless you’re offering the home at a serious discount. Remember that most families want something they can move into right away without spending months working on. If there are problems with the home that you can easily fix, whether it be chipping paint or a broken fence post, try to fix them before you list your house.
2. Update your appliances
It’s important to remember that homebuyers have specific items they look for in a home. For many buyers great appliances are number one on their wish list for a home. That’s where you come in. While you probably can’t afford to update every one of your home’s appliances, take a hard look at what your current setup looks like. Is the stove outdated? Is the fridge about to die? Dropping a few hundred dollars on a new fridge,dishwasher or oven might not be the way you want to spend your money, but it could help you sell your house. If someone sees an old stove sitting in the middle of the kitchen that looks like it’s about to break, they may wonder what else is going to break if they buy the house.
3. Take breathtaking pictures
You probably know that you need to take pictures of your house. Pictures are one of the most important ways that you can draw in potential buyers. If someone is looking for a new home, they’ll typically take a look at real estate websites before setting up showings or attending open houses. Because so many shoppers look online before they decide to explore a house in person, it’s important that your pictures look great. Consider hiring a professional photographer to really showcase your home. Make sure that you take pictures of both the home’s interior and exterior. If you have a large yard, try to showcase that. If you just planted roses, take a few pictures. If your master bathroom is enormous, take a picture. Highlight the best areas of your home and skip the ones that are less attractive to buyers.
4. Ditch your clutter and Stage
Would you pay to wash your car before selling it? In the same sense, staging your home before selling it is just as important these days because buyers want to envision themselves living and feeling comfortable in the space. Whether its neutralizing colors, moving furniture, changing furniture, updating interior features, or other aesthetic enhancements, staged homes can increase the dollar value to sellers. Most staging is focused to the living room, kitchen, master bedroom and dining room because most buyers visualize themselves in these spaces the most. Further, staging positively impacts potential buyers’ impressions of the home by nearly 50%, and it decreases the amount of time the home is on the market.
Clear Out Your Clutter & Get A Storage Unit: I get it. It’s hard not to accumulate stuff after being in a home for a few years. But, most people don’t have the vision to see past things like over-sized furniture and clutter that makes the home look smaller then it actually is. And no one wants to step into a house that appears to be messy or disorganized. If you want to sell your house quickly do yourself a favor and clear out your space so the flow and square footage of the home is easily seen and highlighted. Also, remove personal items like photos or any highly valuable items since people want to envision their new lives in the home—not yours.
Clearing out junk is easier said than done, but if you want to sell your house quickly, you need to ditch your clutter. Get rid of extra papers, magazines or memorabilia that is sitting around your house. Clean out beneath your beds. Get rid of that pile of clothes next to your dresser. When people walk through your house, they want to imagine what it will be like to live in the home. Even if you can’t get rid of all of your home’s clutter, try to at least minimize the amount of things you have on shelves and on counters to present a clean, neat appearance to buyers.
5. Advertise, advertise, advertise
Your agent will be the first to tell you: you need to focus on advertising. Remember that buyers probably won’t drive by your house and see the “For Sale” sign in your yard. Rather, they’ll find your house online, in a newspaper or on a brochure. List your house on as many real estate websites as possible, share it on Facebook and try to promote it as much as possible for the best results.
6. Price fairly
You’ve spent years developing memories in your house, so it’s normal to want to attach a price tag to those. Unfortunately, the reality is that you can’t afford to ask too much for your house. Remember that buyers are looking for a good deal. They want to know that they’re getting their money’s worth when they buy a house. Take a look at what other houses are selling for in your area and price your home accordingly. If you aren’t sure how much to ask for your house, don’t be afraid to contact a real estate agent to ask for help.
7. Don’t be choosy
One mistake that many sellers make is to turn down offers because of certain reasons. If the buyer wants to tear down walls, paint everything green or add a bunch of garden gnomes to the yard, that’s their decision. For a quick sell, don’t be choosy about your offers. Sell your home to the first person who makes an offer that is reasonable and that you’re comfortable with.
Globally ranked in the Top 30 under 30 of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage associates, Lauren Freedman knows what to do to get an upper-hand and make your listing stand out above the rest! The market is demanding, and my personal tips and tools will get your listing a step above the rest!