Even though not all is in your control for dictating the amount of time it takes to sell a home, why not prepare and set yourself up for success? Would you like to discover some things that you can control to improve your chances in selling your home faster and for more money? We’ve got you covered!
A picture is worth a thousand words
You take pride in owning your home, now it’s time to show of that pride of ownership. Pictures are worth beau coup bucks when it comes to selling . We understand that smart phone cameras and apps have improved tremendously over the years, but they won’t do your home justice when marketing online! They won’t capture the best light, size or essence of your home! We recommend using a wide angle lens with appropriate filters. And, unless you are a phenomenal photographer yourself, it is highly advisable to hire a professional photographer – specifically one that understands what it takes to adequately shoot a property. Your wedding photographer may be phenomenal at taking portraits and candids, but actually terrible at shooting a tight space like your powder room. Remember, you’re competing with other listings in your neighborhood and beautiful images of your home will help make it stand out.
Home improvement (euuuuuhhhhh)
Remember the fence you were supposed to fix? the missing tile in the kitchen back splash? the stain in the ceiling? Well, when potential buyers see these things, they immediately see $$$$$. They start to worry about how much money they’ll need to invest in fixing things up. The peculiar thing is that, realistically, those minor items may not cost much to repair, but once the buyer gets it in his/her mind that your house is a fixer one of two things will occur: 1. they won’t bid on your property 2. their offer will come in lower than you desire. So, it’s time to pick up a hammer and nails, and complete some home projects. If you’re not handy, hire a handy man or contractor – they’ll do the job faster and usually better. If you’re not sure which projects should take priority, we recommend you focus on kitchens and bathrooms, as these will give you more bang for your buck. You don’t have to go all out on this either, minor upgrades can go a long way (think fresh coat of paint or new carpet)
First impressions are everything
When a potential buyer walks up to your house, the outside of it is their first impression. Time to test and see how green your thumb really is! Tend to the garden and clean up the walkway. Add a fresh coat of paint or a new mailbox. Have fun with it. Curb appeal will draw them in!
Make your home feel larger
You can make your home feel larger with little tricks like using lighter paint colors, and adding extra lighting. And when it comes to furniture, LESS is MORE! Bulky or too many furniture pieced make rooms look smaller and turn off buyer. Consider hiring a designer or a staging company bring welcome to home buyers who preview your home. This will help them picture their perfect home set up.
Unfortunately, most humans do NOT have exceptional visualization skills. And, most buyers fail miserably at visualizing themselves and their things in your property if your home is uber personalized. So, we have to help them see themselves in your home so that they make offer. This is a good time to take as many pictures off of walls and fridges – Hey, we know you 21 year old son was so cute in his T-Ball trading card , but your buyer would rather visualize pictures of their family on the fridge. If you’re into really unique art, even as awesome as it may be wise to remove it. This one is touchy, because everyone has their own tastes, but you never know what may turn someone off from bidding on your property.
The price is right
This is probably one of the most trickiest parts when listing your home. You don’t want to price too high or too low. If it’s too high, many potential buyers may skip on even looking at it. If it’s too low, buyer may even see it as an opportunity to go even lower. Analyze the market: what have have homes in your neighborhood sold for? Are your features better or worse? How does your lot size compare to the others? Is it situated in a corner lot? etc.
Hire a realtor
Hiring a professional who knows your market and understands today’s marketing and PR trends is key to creating the buzz and promotion to move your property. And, Not only can a real estate agent help you navigate the ins and outs of the market, but a real estate agent will help you negotiate the best deal possible.
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