There are seven key tips all home sellers should follow, and we’re going to review each of them today.
Selling a home can be a highly emotional experience. And with so much to do throughout the process, it can occasionally be difficult to know how to proceed, what pitfalls to avoid, and what steps will lead you to the best possible end result.
To give you a better idea of each of these things, I’d like to highlight seven key home selling tips for you today:
1. Work on your curb appeal. Your home’s exterior will often serve as a buyer’s first impression, so make sure it leaves them with a good one. Your lawn, as well as any bushes or trees, should be neat and trimmed, your home should be freshly painted (if necessary), and you should have a few tasteful plants or flowers to brighten things up. Taking steps to make your home look great both inside and out will lead to better listing photos, better showings, and a more successful sale overall.
2. Be sure to price your home correctly. Look at comparable properties and other market data to determine how you should price your home. Listing too high won’t help you earn top dollar. Instead, it will cause your home to sit on the market for weeks, or months, at a time. It’s much harder to negotiate price down than it is to negotiate up.
3. Take care of any repairs. If there are any deferred maintenance items you’ve been waiting to get around to, now is the time to take action. It’s time to fix that leaky faucet or replace that cracked window. It’s far easier to repair little issues ahead of time than to try to coordinate these fixes as you go about your sale.
4. Properly prepare your home for sale. Cleaning, decluttering, and staging your home before you list it are more important than some might assume. Having a neat, neutral, freshly painted listing will help buyers envision your house as their future home. Not only that, but it also has been proven that staged homes sell for more.
"Your home’s exterior will often serve as a buyer’s first impression, so make sure it leaves them with a good one."
5. Find and resolve issues with your home, and then fill out disclosures. Disclosure forms, which let buyers in on anything that may be wrong with the home, make sure that you are able to be totally transparent during your listing process. With that in mind, though, it is possible to identify and resolve certain problems before you put your home on the market. Ordering a pre-listing inspection is an easy way to do so.
6. Only invest in worthwhile repairs. Be careful that you don’t take on any projects that will be more hassle than they’re worth. Not every upgrade or repair will bring a high return, so talk with your agent about which projects will (and won’t) benefit your bottom line before you get too deep into the process.
7. Don’t take things personally. The buyer wants to earn a great deal as much as you do, so if they submit an offer that’s lower than you think your home is worth, don’t take it personally. As you consider offers and eventually go about the negotiation process, remember that the person on the other side of the transaction is just looking out for their own best interests.
If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.