There’s nothing worse than having your home sit on the market
for months with no sure answers for why. Here are our top 5 tips to help you
sell your home faster:
1. 1. Make Sure The Price Is Right.
Your house could be the prettiest home on the block but if it’s
not competitively priced it may be the prettiest house siting on the markets
for months! The number one reason an otherwise, attractive home stays on the
market forever is price. Why? Because home buyers tend to not make offers on them.
Why don’t they make offers on them? Because no one wants to be considered a “lowballer”.
Making a substantially low offer on someone’s home can be insulting. Home
buyers might also assume that the seller must have turned down lower prices
since the home has been listed and the buyer may not be confident that their
offer would be accepted. Knowing the true value of your home is so important
when selling. Getting an appraisal should be the first step on your list of
to-dos when deciding to sell.
2. Make It Look Nice.
Although pricing your home correctly is important, if your
home looks bad, the price becomes a secondary factor. Curb appeal should be
your first project when making updates to your home. Cut your grass, clean up the trash or toys the kids leave
in the yard. Paint, add some window boxes. These small, inexpensive changes to
the outside of your home can pique the interest of sellers to want to at least
see the inside.
I know you hear all the time; the most important rooms
in the house are the bathrooms and kitchen when it comes to selling your home. And
that statement could be truer. If you come up with a renovation budget and are
trying to figure out what part of the house to invest the money in, choose these
two rooms. Many studies have shown that an updated kitchen and bathroom can be
the biggest selling point in your home, above even the square footage. 3. Market Your Home.
Marketing your home for sale doesn’t have to be expensive or
complicated. Nowadays, there are so many different ways to reach home buyers in
the market for a home.
“For Sale” Signs
You can purchase these at your local home improvement store
for a few dollars. Many home buyers ride around in neighborhoods they are
interested in living in to see if there are any homes for sale that they may
want to view.
Home Listing Ad
You know your home better than anyone. What you love about
your home may be what others will too. Get creative and brag a little. Make sure
to add in critical features buyers look for such as the number of bathrooms,
re-modeled kitchen, school district etc.
If listing your home online, you cannot skip this step.
Adding pictures of your home is crucial. When taking pictures of the outside of your
home, make sure to remove, trash cans, clutter and parked cars out of the
driveway. The same applies to the inside. Remember, less is more when it comes
to your furniture and belongings. Too much clutter can turn off a buyer and
distract them from your home itself.
4. 4. Home Inspection
Real estate contracts give the home buyer the right to hire
an inspector to inspect the property. Inspectors are going to inspect the
plumbing system, the roof, electrical and heating etc. The home buyer is then responsible
to repair any problems found.
The buyer’s home inspection is usually the last thing on the
list to do. Once the inspection is complete the buyer makes an application to
the mortgage lender. To insure a smooth process in the end, you may want to
consider having your own home inspection done so you can fix whatever problems before
they’re found later.
5. 5. Consider Any Offer and Negotiate
When a buyer makes an offer, consider it. However, carefully
look through (with a real estate lawyer if possible) the contract’s terms and
conditions. You may find too many contingencies in the contract that cause the deal
to fall through. Many contingencies favor the buyer and if not read carefully
and understood, can result in the home seller finding themselves in a bind.
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