Are you thinking about putting your home on the market? With the real estate market being very competitive in some areas, it can sometimes be a challenge to sell property for a price you’re satisfied with, especially if it’s your first time selling a home. We spoke with professionals working in the real industry, and asked them to share some of their biggest tips to homeowners trying to sell their home:
Get your home inspected and fix overlooked issues
“Make a concerted effort to ensure the property is ready in every sense possible before presenting it to the marketplace. Proper preparation, in my opinion, includes having a pre-sale home inspection performed to eliminate surprises down the road, and to remedy deferred maintenance revealed by the inspection.” – Joe Cuchiara, Higher Ground Real Estate
Get it in tip-top shape
“The number one tip for sellers is to get the property in top condition before listing. I tell my sellers to put themselves in the shoes of the buyer. I ask how they (seller) would react to faded paint, debris in the yard, etc. for example. The reality is that buyers are keen-eyed when it comes to viewing a property. They (buyers) can spot problems more often than sellers can identify them.” – Kent D. Zotter, High Country Realty of North Carolina
List it accordingly
“Listen to the broker you select—they will know the price range you should list your home. The market will tell you if it is not accurate.” – Linda M. Bagley, Special Agents Realty & Special Agents Houseboats
Whether you go at it or alone or with an agent, make sure your listing has a strong online presence
“Hire a pro that knows how to market your home online—ideally, someone who can identify and market your home online to whomever your target buyer demographic is.” – Christian Nossum, The Awesome Nossum Group at Wilson Realty Exchange
Bagley also adds, “if a broker does not have an Internet presence—you cannot find them or their listings on the internet—or their [property] photos are terrible, you will not likely be satisfied with your listing results.”
Stage the home
“If moving out and hiring a professional stager is not an option, then be sure to edit your belongings down to the bare minimum. Deep clean, tidy the garden, and add colorful plantings–especially at the entry. Hire a handy person or a contractor to do repairs and paint, if necessary.” – Moira E. Holley, Realogics Sotheby’s Realty
Only make renovations that will add to your home’s value
“Knows what changes to make that you will get over a 100 percent rate of return on.” – Steve Laevastu
Do you need extra cash to take care of home repairs and/or renovations? Peachtree Financial Solutions may be able to get you a lump sum of cash. Contact Peachtree today if you’re receiving structured settlement payments and would like to learn how you can get your money sooner by selling future payments.
Nothing above is meant to provide financial, tax, or legal advice. You should meet with appropriate professionals for such services.