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Selling your home may seem like a relatively simple process. You hire an agent, let them take pictures and show the house to prospective buyers, accept an offer, and then close… right?
In reality, there’s a lot that goes into the selling process; especially if you want to have a smooth home sale.
Matters are further complicated by hr fact that most sellers are also in the process of buying, closing, and moving into their new home.
To make the most of your time in the weeks or months leading up to your sale, I’ve put together a list of tips that you can use to get ahead of the curve, making your sale as problem-free and simple as possible.
One of the most important lessons homeowners learn when they sell their first home is how quickly moving day creeps up on them. Make a list of all of the things you need to do before you hand over the keys, and set dates and reminders in your calendar for those tasks.
You can do this if you’re in the beginning stages of finding out when you want to sell by, or if you’re in the final stages of packing and moving your belongings to your new home. Regardless of where you are in the home sale process, you can always benefit from preparedness.
Find an agent
To get the ball rolling, reach out to a real estate agent sooner rather than later. They’ve been through this process several times before and will be able to give you advice that is catered to your specific situation.
Make sure your home is ready for sale
We all love our homes and value the time and effort we put into them. But, to get top dollar for your home and ensure a smooth sale, you’ll probably need to do some work.
This can include getting an inspection to ensure that the vital components of your home are working properly. Knowing this now can save you time and headaches if a buyer’s inspector finds an issue with your home that you weren’t aware of.
Similarly, you’ll want to make your home move-in ready by making small repairs, putting a fresh coat of paint, and cleaning up the exterior of the home.
Do your research when setting a price
Setting the price of a home is not a road you want to take shortcuts on. Research prices for comparable homes in your area, consider recent repairs you made, and value the home at what you think is a fair price.
However, don’t get too attached to one number and be prepared to adapt based on the offers you receive.
Have a moving day plan
Planning for moving day could be its own separate blog post. You’ll want to start packing things you don’t need early on in the process. Then, make arrangements for young children or pets, so that you can focus on the move rather than keeping track of everyone else.
You may have a rough idea of what your home is worth. Maybe you have recently been given an assessed value on the home, or have peeked on an online search as to what comes up for your home. Do you really understand all of the things that affect the value of your home? There are many things that may not be obvious but are important to the number that you’ll come to when you decide to sell your home.
The Number Of Your House
Do you live at 13 Elm Street or 7 Winner’s Way? Buyers have superstitions that surround numbers and street names. Don’t be surprised if the number of your house or even the name of your street brings buyers in or sends them running. There’s not much you can do to change the house number or street name, but it’s something to keep in mind. Sometimes the reason that certain buyers are turned off from your house is truly out of your control. If you do live on a desirable street, that can help bring up the value of your home due to the demand in the area. Remember that what some consider “unlucky” others consider a blessing (like the number 13!)
While your home may be perfectly pristine, you don’t have much control over what your neighbors do. If there are neighbors nearby that have strange items in their yards, strange colored homes, or other eccentric tastes, buyers may be turned off from your home. This could actually cause the price of your home to drop slightly. You should be prepared for this to affect the sale of your home, but don’t be discouraged. If buyers enjoy your home enough, they’ll be able to turn off that all too bright paint color next door.
Trees and greenery increase the value of a home. Don’t think of cutting down those trees on your property unless you have to! Trees that have grown up on your property will add a lot of value to the home in the future. If you’ve been living at your residence for 20 years or so, think of the value that those first seeds and bushes you planted have added!
Interests Are Not Universal
If you have displays, shrines, or rooms dedicated to a certain hobby, it could either be beneficial or detrimental to your home sale. This all depends on who comes walking through the door for a home showing. If you’re a Veteran and have some Marine Corps things around the houses, it could attract the attention of other Vets. However, that strange Marilyn Monroe room you have might actually deter from the pool of people available to buy your home. Buyers like to be able to see themselves living in the home. Some circumstances make it easier than others for buyers to have a vision for themselves in your home.
Listing a home may prove to be challenging, particularly for a first-time house seller. Fortunately, there are lots of things you can do to prepare for the housing market.
Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you get ready to list your home.
1. Upgrade Your Home's Curb Appeal
How your home looks to prospective buyers will have major ramifications on your house selling experience. If you allocate time and resources to enhance your residence's curb appeal, you could help your house stand out to potential buyers.
To boost your home's curb appeal, mow the lawn, trim the hedges and perform other home exterior upgrades. Also, you should repair any cracked or damaged home siding.
Don't forget to clean your home interior, too. If you mop the floors, wipe down countertops and perform other house cleaning, you can help buyers fall in love with your residence as soon as they walk through the front door.
2. Craft an Engaging Home Listing
Why should you be forced to settle for an "ordinary" home listing? Instead, explore ways to differentiate your home listing from all others.
To create an engaging home listing, you should highlight your home's strengths. If your residence provides convenient access to local parks and attractions, for instance, you may want to include this information in your listing. Or, if your residence boasts a beautiful swimming pool, you may want to include photos of your pool in your listing.
In addition, provide accurate information about your home in your listing. This ensures homebuyers can make an informed decision about whether your house matches or exceeds their expectations.
3. Hire a Real Estate Agent
When it comes to listing a home, there is no reason for a seller to work alone. If you hire a real estate agent, you can get the help you need to seamlessly navigate the house selling journey.
A real estate agent is happy to meet with you, evaluate your residence and help you determine if your house will generate significant interest from buyers. He or she can provide tips and recommendations to help you upgrade your house before you list it. Plus, a real estate agent will provide expert guidance at each stage of the house selling journey so you can optimize your home sale earnings.
Let's not forget about the assistance that a real estate agent provides after you receive an offer to purchase your home, either. At this point, a real estate agent can help you decide whether to accept, reject or counter this proposal. And if you accept the offer to purchase, your real estate agent then will help you finalize your house sale.
If you are preparing to list your home, it helps to plan ahead for the house selling journey. Thanks to the aforementioned tips, you can get your house ready for the real estate market. And as a result, you could boost the likelihood of enjoying a fast, profitable home selling experience.
If you intend to sell your house, you'll need to put together an engaging home listing. By doing so, you can increase the likelihood that homebuyers will want to check out your residence in-person – something that eventually may lead to a home sale.
It is important to do everything possible to differentiate your home listing from others. This will boost your chances of a fast home sale, along with raise the possibility of receiving a home offer that matches or exceeds your initial expectations.
Ultimately, there are several things that separate an ordinary home listing from an exceptional one, and these include:
1. Home Location
All home listings include details about a home's address. However, only the best home listings highlight information about where a residence is located relative to popular landmarks and attractions.
For example, if your house is located near some of the state's top schools, you may want to include information in your home listing about your home's proximity to these high-quality schools. With this information, your home listing may stand out to parents.
On the other hand, if your residence is just minutes from an amusement park, gym or other popular local attractions, you should include this information in your listing as well.
2. Home Upgrades
If you upgraded your house's heating system or installed new windows only a few years ago, it may be worthwhile to incorporate this information into your home listing.
Remember, as a home seller, you'll want to provide homebuyers with as much information about your residence as you can. And if you include details about assorted home upgrades, you can show homebuyers that you've allocated significant time and resources to improve your residence.
3. Home Photographs
When it comes to home photographs, there is no need to settle for "basic" pictures. Instead, a home seller should look carefully at home photographs and incorporate only those that showcase the true beauty of a residence into a home listing.
In many instances, a homebuyer will examine home photographs before he or she decides whether to continue to read a home listing. If a homebuyer is turned off by home photos that make a residence look small or cramped, he or she may move on to other home listings.
For home sellers, it is paramount to clean and declutter a house before you take photos of it. This will ensure your residence looks pristine both inside and out and guarantees that your home photos can make a distinct impression on homebuyers who view your home listing.
Lastly, if you need help preparing a home listing, a real estate agent can provide expert assistance. This housing market professional can collaborate with you as you put together a home listing and offer plenty of tips and recommendations along the way.
Take the guesswork out of crafting an effective home listing – consider the aforementioned home listing items, and you can create a home listing that helps you stir up significant interest in your residence.