Saving for Down PaymentMay 11, 2016
8 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a HomeMay 19, 2016
Step 1: Find an Agent.
All agents are not created equally. Take the time to interview an agent or agents.
Ensure that that they provide you:
- An explanation about the selling process.
- With a breakdown of how they are going to market your home effectively.
- With a FREE Comparative Market Analysis.
Step 2: Price it right from the start
Agents and buyers know when they find a good deal, and they know they need to move quickly.
You’ll save yourself time and hassle if you skip the “over pricing phase” altogether.
Your agent will provide with a range of where your home should be priced at to sell within the current market situation.
Step 3: Enhance your home’s curb appeal
That could mean adding new sod, planting flowers, painting the front door or replacing the mailbox.
Prospective buyers form an opinion the moment they spot the home. First impressions are very important. Ensure your home provides a GREAT first impression.
Step 4: Update the interior and exterior
New fixtures, fresh paint and updated landscaping are all fairly easy and affordable ways to give your home a makeover.
Step 5: Clean and declutter
Remove knickknacks and excess furniture.
The fewer things there are in the home, the larger it will look.
You may want to hire a cleaning service to do a deep cleaning, including washing the windows.
Step 6: Depersonalize
Remove family photos, religious items and political posters. Get all the children’s drawings off the refrigerator.
You want prospective buyers to envision their family in the house, not yours.
Step 7: Fix anything that’s obviously broken
A cracked windowpane may not bother you, but it gives the impression that the homeowner is careless about maintenance.
Step 8: Stage the house to show how the rooms are supposed to be used
If you have odd rooms with no obvious role, give them one. An odd alcove off the kitchen could be staged as an office or a pantry.
Step 9: Make the property easy to show
The more flexible you are about visits, the more people will be able to see your home.
Be ready to welcome prospective visitors early in the morning, at night and on weekends, with little or no notice.
Step 10: Go away when the house is shown
You want the potential buyers to imagine themselves living in the home and to peek into closets without feeling like intruders. Leaving the house also gives them the freedom to discuss its pros and cons honestly without worrying about offending the seller.
Step 10: Remove your pets
Also remove their paraphernalia, such as dog dishes and cat litter boxes (or at least hide them).
A prospective buyer shouldn’t even know that a pet lives in the home.
Step 10: Deal with an agent who’s going to showcase your house on social media
Share the listing yourself, as well. Both the agency and the individual agents should have Facebook business pages, where they share listings.
Step 10: Make sure your listing is on all the major online portals, including local MLS and Realtor.com
This is usually part of an agent’s service, but it doesn’t hurt to double-check.
Step 10: Ensure the listing has good professional photos, and lots of them
Most homebuyers start their search online and decide which homes they want to see based on the photos.
You probably want something better than snapshots taken quickly with your agent’s phone. Ask your agent if they use a professional photographer.
Step 10: Share information about life in the neighborhood
The listing should include photos not only of the house, but also of nearby recreation, dining and shopping areas.
If the schools are good, make sure that information is in the listing.
You want to market the lifestyle that your home provides to potential buyers.