So you’ve decided to put your home up for sale. Now what? Everyone knows that price is a HUGE determinate on how quickly a home sells. However there are a few easy things that homeowners can do to make their property more desirable. Before you put your property on the market make sure that your home is ready for immediate showings. Once you’ve listed your property with an agent, the clock starts ticking. The longer a home sits on the market, the lower the chances are that you will receive a full price or near full price offer. During listing meetings I recommend that my clients walk into their home through the front door and tour the property as if they are a potential home buyer. When touring your own home ask yourself these questions…
- How was the curb appeal? Was the lawn mowed, weeds pulled?
- How did I feel when I first walked it?
- Was there a clear walking path that made moving from room to room effortless?
- Did I see anything that needed to be fixed?
- Was there adequate lighting and were all light bulbs working?
- Was the home clean? Dusted? Vacuumed? Dishes in the Sink?
It’s important for homeowners to understand that selling their home is more than just listing it. In order to get your home sold quickly and for top dollar you need to keep the home in “show” condition. Homeowners also need to fix or change things that a buyer would consider taste specific. If you have lime green walls or sunflower wallpaper, you might consider changing it. Believe it or not, some potential buyers are deterred from buying a home that has unusual paint colors. Another important thing to consider is your real estate agent. How will the realtor market your property? Will they have open houses? Will they follow all reasonable rules given by you? (ex. being present at all showings; Having all visitors remove their shoes before walking through the house). Making sure that you are confident in your agents abilities and knowledge will help ensure that the experience selling your home is a positive one.
If you want to get your home sold today for top dollar, call me for an immediate consultation!