Planning to Sell Your Home in Today’s Buyer’s Market?
Here are some tips that
might hopefully help you in selling your home and avoid selling mistakes.
The first few weeks on the market are critical to your home’s sale. Buyers who have been comparing prices are eager to see new listings. If your home is overpriced compared with other properties in your area, buyers will simply ignore your home. Eventually, you will likely have to lower your price, maybe even below market, just to get any buyer’s attention. To determine your home selling price or to get an idea about your home market value, research on the internet, consult a real estate broker/agent, or get home appraisal.
Selling with or without representation
Some home sellers try the
For Sale By Owner (FSBO) route to avoid paying a sales commission. This may be a disadvantage because the buyers
expect FSBOs to be priced lower than homes sold through a real estate broker. Also, few sellers can generate the kind of
marketing exposure that brokers and agents can give your home like they have
access to wide networks of customers, agents, databases, internet exposure, and
all sorts of marketing plan or strategies 24/7.
Plus, less paperwork and headaches for the home sellers.
With so many homes to choose
from, buyers are turned off by homes that are in poor condition. Make sure that all systems, roof, appliances,
flooring, windows, doors, lights, fans, electrical outlets, wallpaper, paint, etc.
are in good shape.
Cleanliness and Orderliness
Buyers are turned off by
dirt and odors. Clean your home
thoroughly including the windows and flooring.
You can hire cleaners to help you out.
You can also move out temporarily to an apartment or elsewhere while
you’re selling your home so you don’t need to clean all the time. Also, a home filled with too many furniture
and other stuff feels crowded and messy.
Organize everything including closets, cabinets, storage areas. You may want to store some stuff in a friend
or relative’s place, or in self-storage companies like U-Store or Public
The exterior appearance such
as curb appeal is also critical in getting buyers. Make it clean, simple, and
well-maintained. Remove weeds and
overgrown shrubs. Keep the lawn edged,
watered, and fertilized. Trim your trees
and shrubs. Don’t forget to put a fresh
welcome mat in your front door. You may
want to consider power-washing your home’s exterior or give it a fresh coat of
paint, if needed.
Easy access or availability of your home
The more easily a potential
buyer can tour your home, the more showings you are likely to have. Determine what days and hours your home will
be available for showings. You can
either request advance notification or you want your agent to be contacted
first. If lock box is allowed in your
county, much better so you don’t need to be there to open the house each time
there’s a buyer. The agent will just
update you of what happened. Nowadays,
buyers tend to feel uncomfortable examining a home while the sellers are
present. If you happen to unlock the
house each time there’s a potential buyer, you may want to step to a neighbor’s
home or elsewhere then wait for the agent’s call when they’re done visiting
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