Choosing your real estate professional is, perhaps, the most important decision you will make when selling property. We believe the more you look around, the more you will see the value of working with us.
However, no matter whom you choose, these simple tips will help you sell your home more quickly, efficiently and help you to get top dollar.
Make first impressions. Without a doubt, a visually appealing house will attract buyers, who can't help but respond to the look and "feel" of a home. Take time to carefully prepare your home before listing it for sale.
Inside and Out
* Clean, paint or replace front door * Cut the grass
* Remove any clutter from the yard
* Trim hedges
* Weed gardens
* Wash steps, windows, railings, doors, etc
* Paint if needed
* Remove unnecessary clutter from garages
Scrub, dust and fix up the works. Buyers will notice details. Get rid of the clutter, repair leaky faucets, wage war on dust and clean until your home shines. Small things can make a potential buyer walk away. When you prepare your house for showing, remember to:
• Shampoo carpets
• Clean tubs, toilets and showers and hang fresh towels
• Oil squeaky doors
• Fix things like broken hinges and light switches
Listen to suggestions. As you prepare your home, don't rely solely on your own judgement. It's hard to be objective when you're the owner. Your agent will have helpful, professional tips on how to make your home more marketable.
Take a whiff. Nothing will turn a buyer away faster than an odd smell. Try to eliminate smoking, food and pet odors. And don't leave any clues. If potential buyers see a dog or an ashtray, they'll be on the lookout for smells and stains.
Turn on the lights. Open shades and draperies before a viewing. Open all doors inside home. Turn on inside and outside lights.
Let potential buyers "see" themselves in your home. Too many personal items can make viewers feel like they're intruding in someone else's home. Keep things clean and simple. Decorate in neutral colors.
It is best to leave when buyers view your home. They'll be more comfortable and spend more time if you're not there. If you must be present, be as unobtrusive as possible. Let the agent do the work, if they have questions they will ask.
If you have small childern, it might be best to wait until the agent and buyers arrive to leave. Be sure to talk with your agent about showings when small children are involved.
Stay unemotional during negotiations. Selling your home can be emotionally charged, but don't let that stand in the way of making a deal. Have a business-like attitude during the process.
Choose an agent that you are confortable with and trust.