What can I do to get my home to sell faster?
Recommendations to get your home ready to sell. These suggestions will help get it sold quicker:
1. Make sure your home is in the best condition possible.
Painting – touch up or repaint (we’ve had good results in touching up walls and trim).
Flooring – replace or clean carpet
Clutter – pack up or throw out things that you don’t need. We’re all guilty of this! 20
years later, we are now throwing out our kids school papers from 1st grade!
Front exterior entrance – make sure the walkway and front porch look good. Plant flowers
in beds or pots on the front porch.
Garage – this is always a good place to stack stuff… organize it if you must store things
here. Otherwise, move it to another place or get rid of it.
Kitchen – Clean out cabinets to show how much space you have. A good option for high
cabinets is to use wire shelves for double the shelf space.
Basement – If you don’t need it, get rid of it. Basement storage should be only for items
you will actually use at some point. If you don’t want to go through everything to decide
right now, go ahead and pack it up. This will have to be done when you move anyway.
Yard – Get the lawn in good shape – no weeds and mowed frequently. Prune shrubs, put
down fresh pinestraw or mulch and plant seasonal flowers.
2. The price for your home should be in line with recently sold homes that are comparable to
your home.. Comparing it to another listing that has not sold may not be the best
approach. And starting high, then reducing the list price could cause you to miss a buyer
who would like your home, but because it is overpriced, it may not even be seen. Real
estate agents showing properties have a good idea of the values of homes they are
showing and may pass over one that seems out of line, since there are so many homes
available to show.
3. Don’t be offended by offers presented to you. With the current housing market
conditions, buyers are not afraid to make any offer. If you have a good price on your
home, it’s fine to reject the offer without making a counter offer. However, if your home
has been on the market for several months and you get an offer, you should seriously
consider what your home is worth. It may be a buyer trying to get it for way less than fair
market value, or it could be that the offer is closer to the actual value.
We will provide a property value report to help determine an accurate list price. Once the home is listed for sale, it will be marketed through numerous online sites for the maximum exposure to potential buyers and local agents. Typically the first 2-3 weeks have the most showing activity. That’s because buyers who are looking for your style home and price range will schedule appointments to see it. It’s important to have a good list price from the start in order to have the best chance of getting an offer.