Buying and selling a home are two very different processes. First time home sellers may not know all that goes into successfully selling their house. It takes some work to find a buyer while getting the price you want.
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4 best tips for first time home SELLERS!
The Price is Right
You want to get as much money for your house as possible, but many sellers make the mistake of being overly ambitious when it comes to setting the price for their home. The day your house hits the market, it should be priced correctly! Never forget that buyers will be able to see any price changes you make, and you will make them if your house is not priced correctly for the market. Continuously dropping the price will make you appear desperate as well as make it look as if you don’t know what you’re doing. It can also give the impression something is wrong with the house because you aren’t able to get your asking price. Do your homework, and price the property correctly from day one.
Pack Up Before You Sell
Selling and moving go hand and hand. Do yourself a favor, and pack up before listing your home. Box things up and put them in storage, the basement or even the garage. Removing as many of your personal effects as possible will make potential buyers feel less intrusive when they are viewing your home. In addition, your listing photos should be completely free of clutter with as few personal items as possible. Plus, packing up your non-essential items will save you a ton of work and will make the moving process much easier for you.
Don’t Say No To a Showing
You may think it inconvenient to have strangers walk through your house at any given moment, but you need to make it as easy as possible for interested buyers to see your home. If your agent has a buyer who wants to see the house at 9 pm, SAY YES. If your house is all packed up, short notice shouldn’t be too much of a hassle. Do whatever you can to get your house seen. You can’t rely on an Open House to sell your home. In fact, the vast majority of houses sell through direct showings. Being hospitable and flexible to potential buyers will set the tone for a positive, future transaction!
Pictures Say A Thousand Words
We can’t stress this one enough. Good photos are critical when selling your house. Advertisements using bad photography, or with cluttered, messy or highly personalized rooms will likely be skipped over. You have only a few seconds to capture someone’s interest when they are looking through listings, and you can do this with amazing photography. Your house needs to pop! It has to stand out and make people click on your listing to find out more. You should consider hiring a professional if your listing agent hasn’t already. You might also consider creating an online virtual tour, or using drone photography.
Selling your house doesn’t have to be overwhelming or scary. Hiring the right team of professionals to guide you, will ensure you get the price you want in a timely manner.