Are you selling your home or thinking of selling your home? Don’t let a slow market get you down. Instead, take action and increase the chances of getting your home sold faster and for more money. These tips should help you stand out from the sea of homes in today’s buyer’s market:
Give Your Home A New Makeover
Before you go and buy all new appliances, get someone you trust to take a look at your home from a different set of eyes. You can ask your local Realtor to come look at your home and give you advice on what things can be done to make your home look new again.
Be sure to ask the Realtor to give you honest feedback and take what they suggest as constructive criticism. You can also hire a local designer for a quick run through. They should be able to give you samples of flooring, paint, fixtures, and quick fix items that would make your home pop.
A Pre-Inspection Can Save Your Sale From Buyer’s Cold Feet
If you do a home inspection before you put your home on the market you can fix any problems upfront before a buyer finds them. You can also let the buyers know you’re home is in tip top shape and ready to be moved into.
A professional inspector will go throughout your house form the roof to the basement checking every minor detail. Knowing your house has no surprises can give you confidence when a buyer writes an offer. This will give you negotiating power and help you get more money for your home.
Fix Any Problems Upfront Before Putting Your Home On The Market
Every home has something that can be fixed unless it’s brand new. If you’re inspection showed problems with the home or potential problems such as an aging furnace, get them fixed right away. Don’t put your home on the market knowing your home has problems.
If you know it, you have to disclose it, and buyers won’t be willing to pay top dollar for a home that needs repairs. They can buy a foreclosure instead. So, make the fixes before you market your home and that way you won’t have anything negative hindering your potential sale.
Hire A Stager
Stager’s can do some amazing things with a home that many people just don’t see. A professional Stager will be able to make your home dazzle and stand out from the competition. If you can’t afford a Stager, try to think about how a buyer would see your home.
Are there a lot of personal items that distract from your homes other features? Does your entrance entice buyers to keep going? Get rid of the clutter and remember, less is almost always more.
Hire A Full Service Brokerage
A full service brokerage will do more than put your home on the MLS and a sign in the yard. In today’s market it’s important use every avenue of marketing and expertise available. Full service agents have the connections and experience to get your home sold in any market.
You can find a great agent by talking to friends and family, but don’t stop there. Make sure you check out their online presence and see if they are tech savvy. In today’s world buyer’s are looking online more and more. If you have a Realtor who doesn’t know how to post your listing to all of the hot listing sites, you’re losing out on ton of potential buyers.
Price Your Home Correctly From The Beginning
If you followed all of these steps and over-priced your home, they wouldn’t matter. Buyer’s today have access to more information than ever before. They know the homes that are priced to sell and the ones that aren’t going anywhere. Buyer’s are very picky in a buyers market. They want the best home for the best price in the best neighborhood.
If you’re home doesn’t fit that description, you’ll be sitting on the market for a long time. You can make sure your home is priced right by doing what buyers do. Research homes in your price range online and have your Realtor walk you through your competition to get a feel of what you need to do to stand out. If the homes in your price range are in better condition than yours, you’ll need to beat them on price to get it sold.