1) Prepare to sell & getting your home listed!
The big task at hand is to determine Your Home’s Asking Price. I can help you enter the market at the right time, analyze market trends and ensure that you are buying or selling your property at a good price. When it comes to making the most significant purchase of your life, make sure you don’t lose out on thousands of dollars.
Set the right price - If you set your price too low, you could miss out on thousands of dollars, however, if your asking price is too high, you could scare away willing buyers. I know the local market and industry trends that may impact how you sell your house. Without the right price, everything else you do will be meaningless! Don’t be like so many other sellers who put a pie in the sky price tag on their home. This is a sure recipe for failure.
I will carefully calculate your home's value by giving a free, no obligation evaluation. I am a big believer in TRUST and HONESTY. There is nothing that will prevent you from getting top dollar faster than hiring a real estate agent who overprices your home just to get your business, so beware of this tactic!
2) Getting Your Home Ready!
Follow some of the amazing tips below for getting your home up to par. First impressions in Real Estate count so have your home ready to shine with these 8 simple steps!
3) Do it RIGHT with Social Media & Marketing Power!
With over 20 years of marketing and design experience you can be sure that I will take the best pictures with the correct lighting and spend time crafting a proper write up to showcase your home perfectly. I can give tips on staging to emphasize the best assets of your home and design ads to grasp everyone's attention without cramming so much in that it won't be noticed. I will advertise it like it should be done on many different websites and social media mediums for maximum exposure to the public.
8 IMPORTANT SELLER TIPS TO KNOW!
1) Take Care of Your Landscaping
Some of the first things buyers are going to notice as they pull up to your house are the landscape – lawn, plants, flowerbeds, etc. Now you don’t have to be extravagant, install a fountain or even hire a professional, you just need to tidy up and make sure things look neat and preferably alive if possible. Mow the lawn and maybe buy a few bags of mulch to pour in the flower beds to tie things together. In real estate sales, first impressions count!
2) Remove Clutter & Organize
Basically anything smaller than your fist! You want to maximize the perceived space in the home. The more clutter, the more uncomfortable things will feel. Go through everything and clear out all the non-essentials. Even if you don’t feel like going through all of your stuff and sorting them, you should at least put things away in places where buyers won’t be looking – so no cramming stuff into closets or the garage. Rent a storage space if you need to.
A cluttered home can make your home feel a lot smaller than it is. This is not a good thing when trying to get the most you can out of your sale. Today’s buyers like bright open spaces unfettered by an abundance of someone’s personal property. Keep in mind there is a significant percentage of the population who do not have vision. Make things easier on the buyer by giving them something they can visualize.I highly suggest getting inspired to organize though Marie Kondo on Netflix! konmari.com
3) A Fresh Coat of Paint!
There is not another home improvement that will give you more bang for your buck than a fresh coat of paint! Dark, dreary colors can shrink the perception of space. Old, stained paint makes rooms look decrepit. By painting with contemporary colors you can change the whole feel of your home. From a selling standpoint, it is important to stick with neutral colors. Remember selling your home is not about personal preferences but appealing to the masses. Stick with off white and light creamy colors for maximum benefit.
4) Take Advantage of Good Lighting!
A bright, cheery home is more inviting to buyers. Let the sunlight in if you can, and add some better lighting if your home is dim. Even buying brighter light bulbs can help. One of the things I always mention to my clients is to make sure all of their curtains are open, windows are clean and lights remain on when there is a scheduled showing. Again the presentation of your home is critical. Small things like lighting can make a big difference with no money coming out of your pocket!
5) Consider a Professional Cleaning
A clean home is inviting to buyers, whereas a dirty home can turn them away faster than just about anything. The easiest way to know your home is spotless and looking its best is to hire a professional cleaning company. Make sure your kitchen and baths are spotless. Buyers will pay closer attention to these areas. In addition make sure your carpets are as clean as possible. If need be consider having your carpets professionally cleaned. This is one of those things where spending a few hundred dollars can save you thousands by preventing the buyer from thinking they need to replace the carpets immediately.
6) Repair those Things that Need Fixing!
Fixing things such as faulty wiring, a hole in the fence, a leaking toilet or a visible stain in the ceiling, are critical. Attention to detail is so important to remember. Potential buyers will be coming through your home with a fine toothed comb looking for issues to use as bargenning chips when putting in an offer to lower the price. These are things that the buyer may focus on, or demand a lower price because they feel immediate attention is needed. Secondarily when the buyer does their home inspection more than likely they will be trying to renegotiate the sale price or worse asking to back out of the deal.
One of the things I constantly stress to my clients is being well prepared for the buyers home inspection. This is the number one place where home sales fall apart. It only makes sense to address the problems before hand. If you know about a problem, a good home inspector will more than likely find it.
7) Address all Odors!
Smell is powerful, and can easily drive someone away from buying your home. However, you may not even realize the smells are there. Ask an outsider that you trust to let you know if there are any unpleasant odors – like pet or cooking odors – and address them before you show. Believe it or not pet odors can kill a home sale. This happens because some buyers fear they won’t be able to get rid of the odor once they purchase the house. Don’t take any kind of chance with home odors – remove them!
8) Sprucing Curb Appeal!
Make the Doorway Look Inviting - You may need to touch up some spots on the door or repaint the entire thing. Consider adding a plant or some flowers either on the door or near it. If you have a large front porch, you may want to place a nice chair or two near the door. The idea is to create a look that is inviting to potential buyers.
Freshen up the Shutters - Shutters are made of either plastic or wood. As such, they are usually easy to remove and easy to paint.
Lights, lights, and more lights - You want the home to look just as good at night as it does in the daytime. Check all the exterior light bulbs and replace any that are not working. Consider adding bigger watt bulbs to make the home brighter for folks that happen to look over the home after work. If your home has any floodlights, take a moment to look at the home during nighttime hours. See what the light is showcasing and make sure the home is being seen at its best.