Are you thinking about selling your home? Even if you were actively involved in the home buying process, the home selling process might be vastly different from the paperwork involved to the way you need to prepare for the selling process. Below are some tips for sellers that will prepare you for your pending transaction.
The greatest number of showings will occur within the first few weeks of marketing, so being fully ready for visiting buyers on day one is critical. Online listing information tends to drive many home showings today. With an increasing number of buyers plugged into online databases, the moment a new home appears on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), interested buyers will want to see it.
Ensure your home is free of clutter and personal items, such as family photos, for showings, and real estate photos. Online images are the first impression of your home for potential buyers, and you want to put your best foot forward. Bear in mind that how your home is styled can make a tremendous difference in how quickly it sells. Buyers need to imagine themselves in your home. One of the best ways to facilitate that is to make your home as anonymous as possible by purging clutter and personal items. You may also find it helpful to remove large furniture pieces to make your home appear more spacious. Ensure your agent uses a professional real estate photographer, and you give them a clean canvas to work with. Twilight photography is also a great way to set your listing apart. Check with your agent to see if they offer this service.
Price your home competitively at the outset. Additionally, be aware of how buyers search for homes. Search parameters matter, particularly when it comes to price ranges. Lowering the listing price by even $5,000 could open up your home to far greater exposure. Online searches rarely, if ever, permit buyers to structure their price range requirements. Instead, they select from preset choices. Because of this, even a small price change can create a huge impact. For instance, a home listed at $255,000, as opposed to $250,000, could easily miss out on many prospects. Preset price search ranges typically benefit those who price at cut-off points. Thus, consider adjusting the price by as little as $5,000 to add many interested buyers to the mix. Since exposure to the maximum number of buyers increases the odds of success, keeping this pricing tip top-of-mind is extremely important.
Keep in mind that the style of your home could appeal to multiple demographics. For instance, the average starter home might appeal to first-time homebuyers and empty-nesters interested in downsizing. Likewise, a house with a bonus space could appeal to multi-generational home buyers or buyers looking for a home with office space or potential for an income suite.
Coupled with these helpful tips and your Realtor’s guidance, home sellers should find the selling process more efficient with greater odds of success at top dollar! If you have any additional questions or concerns about selling your home, I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, help you to find your dream home and/or determine the value of your existing property.
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