Once you've decided to sell, you really want to move on and settle into your new home as quickly and effortlessly as possible. We've got all of the tips and advice to ensure that your home listing works hard for you, finding the right buyer, at the right price as quickly as possible.
Here's our Top 10 list of home sale tips for home owners that want to sell a home in the shortest possible time frame;
- PRICE IS EVERYTHING
A good realtor will do their homework to provide you with a range of prices to present your home to the market.
Often a 'quick sale' price and a 'best market price' are mentioned, but selecting the right price needs a lot of guidance and data from the current market.
Resist temptation to keep the cost high, as price decreases are often inevitable and can often scare the buyer into thinking that the home 'was never a good deal'.
Getting the price right from the onset is always the best strategy. Always consider 'the cost of not selling' and the impact that may have on your family's future lifestyle and finances. Holding out for $10k could easily cost you more in the long run, especially if you miss an opportunity to move into a dream home!
- CURB APPEAL
Keep the grass mown, the driveway clean to make sure that you don't scare off buyers that worry about too much yard work! Containers and planted area filled with healthy colorful plants will wow the family, even if they don't realize it at the time! Create as many lasting memories of a perfect home for them.
Remember, that you are selling a life of dreams, not just a building. Remove signs and garden ornaments that might amuse you, but look like a lot of site clearing work to them. Pressure wash walkways, repaint the front door and clean all the windows, bugs and weeds away and keep on top of it at all times.
Make sure that external lights are on at night throughout the entire time that the home is on the market. Nothing looks more homely than a warm, safe welcome, and nothing raises the alarm louder than faulty lamps and fittings!
- PAINT IS CHEAP
If there's one home improvement that can easily enhance the home, it's a carefully executed repaint of the interior and exterior. Adding expensive kitchens, bathrooms and flooring can all make a difference, but a good refresh of the paintwork, with sympathetic, warm or neutral tones is the clear winner.
Find a competent contractor, and research the glossy home magazines or online pictures of home improvement websites and you are never going to regret the expense.
Think of your home's paintwork as a designer makeover at a fabulous department store and you will leap to the top of the listing view-count charts!
- WORN FINISHES TURN OFF BUYERS
Take a tour of your home with your realtor to pick out any areas that are worn and easily replaced. Your realtor will be invaluable in this process, spotting areas of the home that you've maybe got used to, but stand out as a potential issue to buyers.
The secret is to repair or replace as little as possible, while bringing the home to its highest potential value, for the minimal cost. Your realtor will know good contractors to assist getting the work done without spending a fortune.
- CLEAR OUT!
Goodbye FIDO basket, smelly butcher bones and heaps of classic cartoon comics and other favorite 'heaps of collectibles!'
Ensuring that you leave the home as appealing to the buyers' lifestyle as possible is all important. Any bizarre hobies, bulky equipment that dominates a room, really needs to go before you place your home on the market. You want the buyer to vizualize the home as THEY will use it, not as you do now. Of course you can't cater for all tastes, but clearing as much as you can will always help a sale. Don't forget too, that you will need to pack soon, because you will be moving in the not too distant future!
- TAKE AWAY JUNK, BUT ADD LIFESTYLE
As part of the clear out process, always ensure that the living spaces and bedrooms all have their own appeal and purpose. A comfortable seat by the window won't be part of the final sale, but it does hint of the lifestyle that the new owners could expect to enjoy. A home is always about lifestyle and presenting that appeal at every possible opportunity will help smooth a great transaction.
- MAKE IT EASY TO VIEW THE HOME
Do your best to make it easy to find the home and reach the doorway.
Always try to accommodate viewings, night or day, weekdays or weekends. It can be inconvenient, but always consider that a viewer may only be in town on weekday evenings, or a family may have driven to the area this weekend from out of state for a short list of potential viewings. If you block an appointment, you may never get another chance with that buyer.
- MAKE SURE THE HOME IS LISTED EVERYWHERE
Ask your realtor for a directory of all of the listing networks that your home will be displayed on.
The wider the reach the better for your chances of success.
- GREAT PHOTOS FOR A DIGITAL ERA!
Pictures make a very important first impression!
High quality images, taken from multiple angles per room are the key to a successful and credible listing.
Would you buy a home with just half a dozen dark, dimly lit images?
Some realtors offer free photography,
- CHECK YOUR REALTOR'S LISTING FOR ACCURATE INFORMATION
Talk to your Realtor after your home is listed and run through the listing on a word for word basis.
Although brokers and listing agents often have their own way of writing descriptions, that they have researched for years to perfect, they will always be more than happy to correct any errors or consider any additional features that the home or neighborhood might benefit from.
Equipped with this invaluable list of home selling tips, you can confidently begin to prepare yourselves and your lovely property for the listing process.
Selling a home does take some effort from the home owners, but that preparation work and being willing to show the home to potential buyers at short notice is pays off in the end!
DO NOT SHOW YOUR HOME TO ANYONE UNLESS THEY'VE MADE AN APPOINTMENT FIRST!
Your realtor will assist you by assessing each viewer in advance of the home tour, taking ID checks and affordability assessments as needed.
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