- Buyers decide within 60 seconds of seeing a home whether they want to consider buying it. Make sure you don’t turn buyers off before they get in the door. Trim trees and bushes so buyers can see the house & pressure wash the driveway, front walk, house and patio. Cleaning and painting the front door because buyers must linger at the door while they wait for the realtor to open the lockbox. Add some colorful flowers to sell your home and cleaning the windows so they sparkle inside and out. If you plan to place mulch, do it at least a few days before an open house, so the smell fades before prospective buyers arrive.
- Sellers need to go through all of their furniture and closets with a discerning eye to eliminate clutter and then go back again. Pack up anything you want to keep and put it in a off site pod or storage unit because your want it to look like there’s plenty of space in the closets. Also be mindful of sights and smells.
- If you haven’t maintained your home, you may want to hire your own home inspector before your home goes on the market so that you can make appropriate repairs before you try to sell it. If the electrical panel needs updated, or if you know you need a plumber, get those things fixed before placing your home on the market. It also shows that as a seller, you are motivated and ready to sell.
- Buyers today are savvy shoppers. If you price too low, they’ll think something is wrong with your home. If you price it too high and have to lower your price, it will hurt you more that if you priced your home right from the first. Overpriced homes usually stay on the market for 90-120 days, then they get difficult to sell.
- The majority of buyers start their home search on line. Hire a realtor who will make sure that proper photos are taken with a vibrant description and is available on multiple websites. It’s also good for sellers to place their home on social media as well. You never know where that buyer will come from; could be your neighbor’s relative, or someone needing to relocate for their employment.
These tips are proven to help sell your home. Remember….do not overprice your home, spruce up, and get family and friends to help. If you follow these tips, be ready for an offer or two. One thing to remember is listen to a licensed realtor because they have had the experience. Listening to “Uncle Joe’ who sold his home 20 years ago as a for sale by owner, is not a professional who knows the present market and all the details there is to selling a home. Have fun and if you are likely to sell this spring, we are ready for you!