Welcome to the second post in the series of tips and tricks when you’re buying or selling your home! These helpful hints will give you quick insight on what to do (and not to do) when you’re listing your house.
- Declutter and Depersonalize– it is important that your home be as clean and free of your personal items (stuff that makes it “home” for you) before realtors come in with prospective buyers. It allows people to visualize what they would want the home to look like for them, without getting overwhelmed with too much clutter.
- Make sure your home is fresh and clean- homes that have a fresh and clean scent are much less distracting. Buyers can be turned off if a home has a funky smell, so making sure yours is fresh will benefit you and your home!
- Be realistic on your price- it’s often difficult to go with the trends of the market because everyone believes that their home is the best. Try to take the sentimental value out of it. Your realtor will know what houses in your area are selling for, and will advise you on a price that is both realistic and that will allow you to place your home at a great value.
- Have an aggressive marketing strategy- similar to being realistic on your price, you want to adjust it to follow the trends in the market. You want to make sure that you’re staying on top of those trends so you can draw in the most attention and buyers!
- Be prepared for when your home sells- sometimes homes sell quicker than expected, and it’s important to have everything on your list completed. The selling process can be overwhelming sometimes, especially for people who don’t have a lot of experience, so you don’t want to get bogged down with too much. Your realtor should have prepared you on what to expect during this process, so hopefully everything will run smoothly from selling to closing!
- Check listing websites and expect them to be accurate- this is probably the main tip your realtor will tell you not to do. It’s important to be patient and trust that they are keeping you in the loop of what’s happening. Checking listing websites can be discouraging because they often times take up to 24 hours to update. As always, it is best to contact your realtor directly if you have questions instead of trusting websites.
- Keep pets in your home while it is showing- pets are a distraction and can take away from the actual experience of looking at a home. Pets make it difficult for realtors to concentrate on the prospective buyer and showing your home if they have to worry about pets on the premises.
- Leave repairs unattended- It is important that your home be in the best possible condition while it is showing. Any repairs and updates that you plan on doing need to be completed before the showing process begins. Not only do they add value to your home, but they make it more aesthetically pleasing for the buyers.
- Expect your home to sell within 30 days- Sometimes there is a quick turnaround and a home can sell sooner than 30 days. However, more often than not, your home will be on the market for longer. Don’t get discouraged. Don’t get impatient with your realtor. They are doing their best to bring in buyers for you. How quickly a home sells also depends on the market. Remember that there are slower times.
- Withhold information- be upfront and completely honest with your realtor. This is especially important during inspections and disclosures. Withholding information about your property can result in an extremely complicated legal situation should the buyer run into any problems. It’s just easier to be honest from the beginning and deal with problems all at once.
These tips come straight from the team of realtors at The Gardner Home Team. We hope they can be useful to you! If you have any questions or are looking to list your home, contact The Gardner Home Team at 918.430.8247.