There comes a time when it is either time to downsize, or move on from your beloved home. Whatever the reason, when it comes to selling your home it is important to be ready to tackle the process. Selling your house can be very intimidating. If you are unsure how to most effectively sell your house, or feel nervous it may sit on the market for a while, here are some strategies that can help you sell your home.
Staging your home
When you’re selling your house you want to make sure that the potential buyer of your home can truly envision themselves living there. In order to do this, staging and preparing your home is crucial. You want to depersonalize your home, meaning take down pictures of your family and move out other items that are specific to your family. This allows for the potential buyer to be able to think of their family in the home, not yours. It is also important to make sure your home is clean and ready for a potential buyer. The cleaner the house, the more comfortable a potential buyer may feel. We all love our pets but they can get messy. Not to mention a potential buyer may not love pets as much as you do. Be sure that your pets are put away and that the floor and furniture is clean from pet hair.
According to HGTV, staging simply means arranging your furniture to best showcase the floor plan and maximize the use of space. Choosing the right furniture to showcase and show off your space can be tough, but remember less is more and use neutral colors. Neutral colors again take the personality out of your home which allows potential buyers to imagine themselves living in your home.
When talking about improvements we mean small things here and there. Simple projects such as painting the walls or the cabinets, not overwhelming renovations that can take months, if not years to complete. To put it simply, there are things you can do to make your home less personalized, and more appealing to potential buyers. Painting your cabinets white or another neutral color is a good idea so that buyers can see themselves keeping them/using them. Another small improvement is getting new knobs for your cabinets, sinks or even doors. A small project like this can make a huge difference in making it feel and look nicer.
Also, making sure that the front and backyard are up to date is important too. Improvements such as adding new flowers or bushes can immediately change a potential buyer’s thoughts on the house. After all, the outside of the house is what they see first and if they don’t like it they probably won’t buy it. So do yourself a favor and make sure that the front of your house looks nice too.
Another idea you can implement before selling is getting your home inspected. This allows you to see what improvements can be made that might set your house apart from the other homes they are seeing. You can fix some of the repairs that the inspector finds, or if there are none, you can advertise that to a potential buyer as a selling point.
Price your home well
While it may be challenging to choose the perfect price to sell your home, especially when your judgement is clouded with memories attached to your home, the secret to the perfect price may be easier than you think. Having a Real Estate agent allows you to have access to information that you may not have access to if you do not use an agent. This information can be extremely helpful when pricing your home. Once you see what homes in your area are going for you can price appropriately in order to compete with houses in your neighborhood. This can attract more buyers and possibly start a bidding war which may lead to a higher price than anticipated.
Pick the right agent for you
Real Estate agents are not all the same. Some are more experienced in specific areas and some may have different values and approaches than others. It is important to pick the right agent for you. The right agent must get along with you, understand your vision and goals, as well as understand the best way to get in contact with you/stay in contact throughout the process. It is no secret that using an agent to sell your house can actually make you more money, so it is crucial to find the agent right for you. You also want to make sure that your agent is knowledgeable, and knows the neighborhood well so they know what has been selling and what hasn’t been.
Luckily at Talon’s Group we have a diverse group of knowledgeable, well-known, and professional agents. We strive to not only create relationships with our clients but also offer a partnership throughout the selling or buying process. We pride ourselves in having the best technology and marketing for the best results for our clients.
If you are looking into the selling process or the buying process and need an agent feel free to contact us today.