Tips to Consider Before Selling Your Home
Nobody can deny the challenges that we were faced with, in 2020. Everything from the way we worked, socialized, dined, and learned was altered, and while some things are still not back to normal, the housing market is as strong as ever. In fact, according to Forbes, home sales are expected to grow 7 percent and prices to rise another 5.7 percent on top of 2020’s already high levels! If you’re considering selling your home, now might be the right time, here are some things to consider before putting your home on the market to ensure you get the most out of the sale.
Hire a Reliable Realty Agent
Hire a professional real estate agent to list your home, one that looks out for your interests and markets your home appropriately. Ask about their experience in selling homes in your neighborhood, and about their social media expertise, connections to buyers, defined plans for selling your home.
Offer a Reasonable Price
Setting an appropriate price for your home is a top tip in order to sell your home quickly. You can do this by studying similar properties in your neighborhoods that have sold in recent months. Your realtor can help you with this by providing you with a comparative market analysis (CMA).
Get a Home Inspection
Getting a home inspection before putting your house on the market will streamline the selling process. An inspector will assess your house and provide you with a report on issues that may impact your home’s value or salability.
Make Some Repairs
No home needs to be in perfect condition before you sell it. However, making certain repairs to bring your home to code and other minor repairs to eliminate buyer objections is certainly recommended. Maybe even paint a few walls to brighten up certain rooms.
Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal
First impressions are critical when selling a home. Make sure your lawn is mowed, trees are trimmed, and leaves are raked. The exterior walls and driveways should also be neat at all times.
Depersonalize Your Home
A house becomes a home when you add personal touches but experts agree you should put away all those family photos or trinkets you have lying around. You want potential buyers to visualize themselves and their own things in your home, not to get distracted by your own belonging.
Get Rid of Clutter
Clutter puts off potential buyers, so be sure to remove all unnecessary items both inside and outside of your home. Decluttering your home by removing things from overflowing closets or some pieces of furniture will make your home feel more spacious.
Deep Clean Your Home
Once again, this ties to first impressions. Buyers get turned off by homes with foul smells, dirty floors, or cobwebs. Eliminate bad odors from wash bins and drains. Clean carpets and mop floors. Get rid of old, smelly furniture. Thoroughly clean the kitchen and bathrooms throughout the selling process.
Make the Buyer-Walkthrough a Pleasant Experience
While you may not be there during a walkthrough or open house, think about putting out a few simple drinks or snacks for the buyers. The aromas of fresh-baked cookies or bread will trigger warm, happy feelings and may make them want to stick around a bit longer to ask questions.
Take Professional Photographs
These days, buyers take time to review information and photos online before visiting homes as it helps to narrow down their choices, especially today with the COVID pandemic. Therefore, having high quality, professional photos or even videos has become an essential part of home selling.
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