Home Selling Tips
- Get rid of the clutter!
Removing all of the clutter in your home allows potential buyers to picture themselves in the space. This could mean removing some furniture so there appears to be more space, and removing family pictures and personal items. Take the magnets off of the refrigerator!!! You could also hire a stager to help make better use of the available space in your home
- Make sure your home is in “move in” condition!
Be sure that doors, appliances, electrical and plumbing fixtures are in compliance with current building codes and in working order. The idea is to have the home move in ready and to give potential buyers the impression that they will be able to move in and enjoy their new home right away, instead of spending time and money fixing it up first.
- Improve the curb appeal of you home!
A home’s curb appeal is often overlooked by the seller, but the first thing potential buyers see is the external appearance of your home! Make sure the exterior has a fresh coat of paint, and the bushes and lawn are well trimmed and cut. Appearances mean a lot in real estate. Make it attractive at first glance!
- Make a sweet deal!
Offer things or terms that may incentivize the potential buyer to make an offer. Buyers are looking for a good deal in this down market, so make them feel that they’re getting one! Offer money towards the closing costs or offer to pay for the closing in its entirety. You could also offer a transferrable home warranty. Many buyers are motivated by incentives.
- Be sure to price it right!
Consult a real estate agent or look online to see what homes comparable to yours are going for. Try to put yourself in the buyer’s shoes and determine what a fair value for your home may be. Have a real estate agent, friends, neighbors, etc tour your home and offer up their opinion as well.
- Showing your home is essential!
If your home isn’t shown, it will not get sold. Don’t make it difficult for agents to show your home to their clients. Allow them to have easy access. If they can’t schedule a time easily, they are likely to cross you off the list for a place that is easy to get into and show.
- Listen to your agent!
If you have an experienced and successful agent listing your home, listen to their recommendations. Find a trustworthy agent and take their advice seriously.
Contact Diane Heeter
RE/MAX ALLIANCE REALTY