When you have decided to list your home for sale, you want to find a buyer as quickly as possible. The best way to do that is prepare your home to stand out from the other houses that are currently on the market in your area and price range. Use these tips to make sure your for sale home grabs the attention of buyers and gets sold quickly.
1. Enlist a great real estate agent – When you are getting ready to sell a house you need to have a qualified real estate agent by your side that you trust. Real estate agents are invaluable because they know what buyers are looking for and they can help you identify things to change in your home before it goes on the market.
2. Make space – Nothing says this house is too small like cluttered closet space and cramped rooms. When buyers walk though a home they need to see potential, not be overwhelmed by clutter and lack of space. You may be moving because you need a bigger house, but you don’t want that to be obvious to buyers. Rent a storage space and clear out everything extra that you don’t need. You’ll be amazed at how different your home looks with some things removed.
3. Keep things neutral – Buyers can have more imagination in a space that is a blank canvas. If you need to update paint in your home go with beige and neutral wall colors. Now is not the time to experiment with a pop of color.
4. Clean a little deeper – Now is the time to kick your cleaning techniques up a notch. From the grout in the bathroom tiles to the kitchen counter tops, make them shine! Buyers love when a home looks clean and bright.
5. Make room for your car – Does your garage hold everything you own except your car? For most of us this is probably the case, but the person buying your home wants to imagine their car parked in that garage. Find a way to tidy up the garage space or put a few things in storage until your house has sold.
6. Avoid surprises – Take the time to disclose everything you know about the property. It is also wise to hire a reputable home inspector to inspect the property before it goes on the market. Offering this report to buyers gives them all the information they need to make an offer on your house. And you are saving them the money it would cost to hire their own inspector. Further price negotiating can happen after the inspection period and this can be avoided if the buyer knows about any issues up front.
7. Be flexible – Life can be hectic and getting out of the house for showings can become difficult. Try to be as flexible as possible with showings. Realtors who bring buyers to your home are juggling their schedules as well as the buyers schedule. If you can’t accommodate their showing request they may not be able to reschedule or they may decide on another house before they can find time to see yours. Most showings take 30 minutes to an hour. Use this time to take your dog on a nice long walk or plan an activity with your family.
8. Enhance your curb appeal – The first impression of a home comes when someone drives by for the first time. Missing clapboards or chipping paint can be a real turn off. Make sure that your house gives a strong well cared for impression from the outside. Landscaping can add value to a home so you may want to consider adding some fresh mulch or new plants to take your curb appeal to the next level.
This simple list can make all the difference when you go to sell your home. It’s much better to prepare to wow potential buyers rather then rush to get your home on the market.
If you are selling your home and buying a new one, the mortgage process can be a little more complicated. You won’t know exactly what you’ll net from the sale until you have an offer but it’s important to estimate your pre qualification based on the price you anticipate getting for the home. This way you can start your search before you find a buyer. Once you have an offer that you’ve accepted you can use that to start the loan process on your next home. In a situation where you have to sell a home before you can buy a new one, it’s best to discuss all your options with your loan officer before you even list your home.