Why Hire an Agent? – Studies show that sellers who use a real estate agent generally get a better price than those who choose to sell their home by themselves. As an agent it is my job to stay up to date on the latest market trends and fluctuations. Using an agent means no surprises during the selling process. Let me put my experience to work for you to ensure you get the best price for your property.
Before your Home is Listed – Prior to listing your home or property, you’ll want to ensure everything is in good working and showing condition before buyers start touring. Here are some important things to consider in maximizing your asking price:
Start Packing – Now is the time to go through your things and decide what you need or no longer need. Those things you want to keep, but are not using put into storage. Get rid of those things you no longer want or need. Remove any family photos and personal items getting your home ready to show. Declutter as much as possible. Remember, buyers want to be able to see themselves, their things, and furnishings in your home.
Spot Paint – Touch up both the interior and exterior paint wherever needed.
Update Carpet – Clean the heavy traffic areas and replace if worn-out or can’t be cleaned
Extra Cleaning – Keep the interior and exterior clean and odor free. If you smoke, take it outside and clean all carpets, furniture, and walls where possible. If not, use neutral air fresheners. Allergies work against you.
Curb Appeal – Trim bushes, keep lawns mowed, and leaves raked. Power wash the exterior as needed. Make sure the front of your home and property is clean and appealing. Plant vegetation and flowers in those drab areas for color and appeal. You want to make a strong first impression.
Find Potential Problems Early – Once you’ve completed these steps, invite a friend or two over, who you trust, to give you an honest opinion from a buyer’s perspective. If you think there might be roof, electrical or plumbing problems ask a roofer, electrician or plumber for a repair estimate. This is generally cheaper than getting an inspection report. Buyers will be hiring professional inspectors as part of their buying process. This is your chance to find and address problems before marketing.
Professional Staging – You can hire a professional stager or ask your agent or those friends you invited over to give their thoughts about seeing themselves, their things and furnishings in your home, if they were the buyer.
During the Listing Period – Keep your home clean and odor free, the beds made, dishes washed and put away, and the yard maintained. If you have animals, plan what you will do with them and yourself during the buyer’s visit. If offers do not meet your expectations, work with your agent to counter the offer instead of dismissing it. As your agent, I represent you and your best interest and together we will be able to arrive at a price that works for all parties.