Tip #1 Hire A Pro
The housing market is tough, and the competition is fierce. Being aware of how much a home is worth before putting it on the market can save money, time, and frustration. For this reason, it’s wise to hire a professional real estate agent.
- Real Estate Agents Know the Market: Understandably, it would save money to skip the real estate agent all together and do a For Sale by Owner transaction. One thing homeowners may not realize is the amount of work involved with selling a home. Real estate agents know all about property trends, how to research the market, and how to find the best value for a home. Thus, they can price homes competitively to entice potential buyers instead of scaring them away.
- They Know How Make a Home More Appealing To Potential Buyers: Homeowners should make sure their homes are clean and clutter free before listing them on the market. Also, a real estate agent may even suggest hiring a home stager. A professional stager can do wonders for helping to sell home fast by increasing its appeal to attract as many potential buyers as possible. Staging a house allows for a higher closing price and staged homes tend to sell an average of 81 percent faster.
- Real Estate Agents Know How To Find The Right Buyers: It isn’t enough to list a home, put up for sale signs and hope the right buyer appears. Real estate agents conduct a screening process for potential buyers. With the knowledge of a home’s actual market value, the agent is armed with all the information he or she needs to get the most money. If necessary, the home valuation will allow the agent to negotiate fairly.
Yes, it’s true, not all real estate agents are created equal. But, the truth is, not utilizing the expertise and wisdom of a good real estate agent is just asking for trouble. In fact, cutting out a real estate agent may waste both time and money. When deciding to sell a home, homeowners should ask for referrals from trusted friends and family and consult professional organizations like National Association of Realtors (NAR).
Tip #2 Improve the curb appeal
Curb appeal is the first impression that your home will have on potential buyers, so it's important to make it a good one. Try these simple budget upgrades to give your home the "WOW" factor that buyers are looking for!
- Crystal Clean: As simple as it sounds, it is extremely important to make sure that your house is nice and clean on the outside. This is overlooked by sellers more than you'd think as they become so focused on perfecting the inside of their home that they forget about the exterior!
- Knock Knock: Another important design feature of your outer home is the front door as it is one of the only features of the exterior that buyers will be forced to look at up-close. A new door will not only look great from the curb, the details of its quality will inevitably be seen by anyone who enters the home. Make sure your door is in tip top shape before you start your showings!
- Raise The Roof!: If your roof isn't in good condition; or looks like it isn't in good condition, then upgrading it is an absolute must. Most buyers are quickly turned off when they see a roof that's in poor condition because it can be an expensive fix. It's important that when buyers first see your home they don't see more dollar signs than they expected.
- Fantastic Furniture: Patio furniture is an easy and inexpensive way to differentiate your home from the rest! Add a pop of color to a neutral-colored house by placing vibrant chairs and planters on the front porch as featured pieces, or add a cute table and chairs to your lawn to show how useful the space can be. That being said, be careful not to overdo it, as too much patio furniture or potted plants may give the illusion that your home is cluttered, which is a major no-no in the real estate world.
Tip #3 – Stage Your Home To Sell
There are many great ways to stage your home that will immediately interest viewers, but some have the power to engage the senses and impress potential buyers all the more. Whether you've already put your home on the market or are looking for insider tips when you do, here are some ways to sway the eyes, ears and noses of the buyers you're looking for.
- Textures And Fabrics That Compliment: There is probably a certain kind of buyer you'll have in mind when deciding to stage your home, so it's important to keep in mind how your house might appear to them. While differing textures and fabrics can certainly add depth and character to a home, you'll want to ensure that they are also flattering to each other and compliment the style already apparent in your design aesthetic.
- Keep A Handle On The Accessories: It's certainly true that a personal style that gives off the sense that you really live in your home will draw in the offers, but you'll want to keep some of it at bay so your decorating is not distracting the viewers. Instead of going for big, over-the-top pieces, stick to a style that's neat and tidy with some quaint accents that will play it up. A few brightly cultured coffee table books or a quirky light fixture can go a long way in adding interest to your living space! It may seem like a lot is required to properly stage a home, but by using these golden rules you should be well on your way to a successful sale.