While there are no guarantees in the housing market, there are some key strategies homeowners can use to sell their property quickly.
Do Not Over Price!
Find out how much your house is worth. It is important that homeowners do not over price their home. If it is over priced, some potential buyers will be frightened away and you will miss that golden opportunity to get an offer. Conversely, as a homeowner, you don’t want to underprice your home and lose some of your equity. Pricing your home right is a tried-and-true way to get fast, multiple offers on a home in pretty much any housing market.
The right broker – with the right plan
Make sure your Realtor is well informed, experienced, professional and embraces technology. Your Realtor should be an expert in your market, and should have many different tools in his or her tool box to get your house sold – so be sure to listen to their advice and heed their experience because we have a plan to sell your home.
First impressions-one chance
Buyers buy emotionally, and they will judge your property before they even set foot into your kitchen. Remember you only have one chance to make that all important first impression. Over 80% of home buyers first view a home online, making this step crucial for getting buyers in the door. Spend some time staging the house properly and invest in some professional photography to make sure the property makes an impact online. Photos should be bright and well-composed.
The closets and cupboards
Buyers want ample storage, and they will be looking through your closets and cupboards – so make sure they are tidy. Also, in order to give the illusion of more space, take out half of the items so that those spaces look less packed and cluttered.
Lighting is critical
Open the blinds, turn on all the lights, and if necessary bring in some extra lamps to ensure that critical spaces in the home are lighted and bright. If your house is still feeling a little dark, change your light bulbs to a higher wattage, clean the windows, and trimming any shrubbery outside that may be obscuring the light.
If you are up for making improvements, focus on the kitchen and bathrooms and any needed repairs. Consider a fresh coat of paint, replace cabinet hardware, and take care of small projects; huge improvement projects typically don’t offer a great return.
Depersonalize and declutter
Buyers want to imagine themselves in the house and this is much easier for them to do if it is not full of personal items. Go through your home and remove anything that is personal to you – including family photos, memorabilia collections, pet supplies, and personal keepsakes. Clutter should also be cleared out.
Be ready to show
If a home isn’t getting shown, it isn’t going to be sold – so keep your house “show ready” and don’t make it difficult for a buyer to come view it.
While it may seem like a no-brainer, being available to show the house at a moment’s notice will increase the likelihood of getting the property sold sooner. So, don’t leave dishes in the sink, put away the laundry, and dust with regularity. It may be inconvenient, but it will get your home sold.
You never know when a potential buyer may want to come by, and they are more likely to just cross the house off of the list if they must make an appointment way in advance or if showing hours are overly restricted.
Bobby Fenner is a Full Time Realtor with over 30 years experience in the Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. Real Estate Markets. He and his team of Real Estate Pros offer the highest level of service. If you’re buying or selling a Coastal Virginia home, call (757) 439-5779 or email [email protected]. We’ll be happy to assist you in your move.