Selling, along with buying a new home, is often considered one of the most stressful experiences that we can go through. Unsurprisingly, if you are looking to sell, you will want to make sure that you get the highest possible price whilst also completing the transaction in a timely fashion – particularly if you are also in the market to purchase a replacement. Fortunately, there are things that you can do to help improve the chances of this happening. With that in mind, here are top tips for selling your home.
Although we know that we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, many of us still take first impressions into consideration in all areas of our life, including when we see a property for the very first time. Many potential buyers will do a ‘drive past’ of homes on their shortlist to check them out from the outside before committing to viewing, so you want to be sure that the kerb appeal of your property is a turn on rather than a turnoff. Make sure that the outside of your property appears tidy and well cared for – whether this involves mowing the lawn, painting the fence or front door, tidying away toys or preening your plants. And always ensure your door number is clearly on display.
One of the most important things that you can do to increase the appeal of your home is to eliminate any clutter before photographs are taken and published, and before you show people around. Images form a crucial part of the marketing process, and potential buyers will want to see that your home is clean and spacious to even consider putting it on their shortlist. Get rid of any non-essentials either by throwing them, selling them or placing them into storage. This will also help you prepare for the moving process. Space sells, so maximize what you have by removing anything unnecessary.
While you are in the process of decluttering, you should also consider de-personalizing your home too. Potential buyers like to be able to visualize themselves in their new home, and this is particularly difficult for them to do if you have reminders of your family everywhere they look. Take down photographs and children’s artwork, certificates and awards and put them safely into storage, ready to display in your new home once you move. If you have particularly unique tastes in décor, you may also want to consider toning these down to give your home wider appeal.
Only someone in the market for a fixer-upper will think about considering a dirty property. To give your home the best chance of a quick sale, you should arrange to have it professionally cleaned from top to bottom before the photographs are taken, and then keep it clean, either yourself or by hiring someone to come in and clean it to a high standard on a regular basis until it is sold. Some homeowners even choose to hire someone to stage their property on their behalf to maximize on its saleability. Your realtor may be able to recommend a great home stager to you.
Although it can be tempting to try and sell your home yourself to save on realtor fees, hiring a professional has a number of important benefits and can eliminate some of the stress associated with the process. Some of the ways in which a great real estate agent can help include the following:
They understand the market in your area, which can help ensure that your property is listed competitively, but so that you can still get a great price that you are happy with.
Your agent may show people around your home on your behalf if you aren’t able to do so.
Marketing your property is essential and your real estate agent will be able to do this on your behalf. Online marketing is particularly important, and a great realtor will understand all of the appropriate selling channels and make sure that you take advantage of them. This includes websites, online magazines, local news, and social media. They will also explore all of the different avenues with which your property can be displayed, including superb photographs, 3d images and even video tours where appropriate.
Real estate agents will negotiate with buyers on your behalf where instructed.
Your real estate agent will have your best interests in mind as your sales will pay their commission. As a result, choosing a top agent will ensure that they will work hard to secure the best deal for you.
For more tips on selling your home, don’t hesitate in speaking to our expert real estate team in Rancho Cucamonga, CA.