Even in a hot sellers’ market like today’s in which homes are selling so quickly, it’s still important to make a good first impression on potential buyers. Taking the time upfront to prep your house appropriately can bring in the greatest return on your investment.
Here are four simple tips to make sure you maximize the sale of your house.
1. Price It Right
One of the first things buyers will notice is the price of your house. That’s why it’s important to price it right. Your goal in pricing your house is to draw attention from competing buyers and let bidding wars push the final sales price up. Pricing your house too high to begin with could put you at a disadvantage by discouraging buyers from making an offer.
I can help you find the price for your home that reflects the current market value. Reach out to set up a time to discuss your home because this really is a crucial first step.
2. Keep It Clean
It may sound simple, but keeping your house clean is key to making sure it gets the attention it deserves. As realtor.com says in their Home Selling Checklist. Want a copy of my Home Seller's Checklist, email me and ask for a free copy.:
“When selling your home, it’s important to keep everything tidy for buyers. . . . Remember to take special care with the bathroom, making sure the tile, counters, shower, and floors shine.”
Before each buyer visits, assess your space and determine what needs your attention. Wash the dishes, make the beds, and put away any toys. Doing these simple things can reduce any potential distractions for buyers.
3. Make It Easy To Visit
Giving buyers the opportunity to see your house on their schedule can be a true game-changer. Buyers are less likely to make an offer if it’s difficult to plan a tour or they can’t easily fit it into their schedule. Making your house available as often as possible helps create opportunities for more buyers to fall in love with your house.
I will keep your health and safety top of mind when buyers tour your home. I use the latest health guidance to stay up to date on any protocols and sanitization recommendations. I also want to keep your home safe and secure by using a high level of security lockbox (for buyer's agents to access the keys) that will note who enters/exits your home. It is a small piece of mind knowing we know who is in your home too.
4. Help Buyers Feel at Home
Finally, it’s important for buyers to see all the possible ways they can make your house their next home. As the realtor.com article puts it:
“The goal is to create a blank canvas on which buyers can project their own visions of living there, and loving it.”
An easy first step to create this blank canvas is removing personal items – pictures, awards, and sentimental belongings – from your space. If you’re unsure what should be packed away and what can stay, we can discuss this in more details as I walk through the house with you. Spending the time on this step can pay off in the long run, as the 2021 Profile of Home Staging from the National Association of Realtors notes:
“Eighteen percent of sellers’ agents said home staging increased the dollar value of a residence between 6% and 10%.”
As your trusted REALTOR, I have connections with some of the best stagers in the area. They will help guide you to get your home ready for sale too. They can offer pre-sale tips to paint and what of your furniture is best to keep and were to maybe relocated it to help set the home up to look it's best. Or they can take a vacant home and bring everything in to make it look lived in and perfect for your potential buyers to picture themselves living there. This is something we can talk about too and see if a Home Stager is a resource that will be helpful in your home sale.
To make the most of today’s sellers’ market, avoid the temptation to skip over the essential preparation steps. Connect with me today to discuss all the ways you can maximize your home sale. I look forward to helping you get your home ready for sale and to get it sold for top dollar.