Selling a home can be a stressful and time-consuming process, yet with the right tips, you can sell your home efficiently and attract potential buyers quickly. To get you on the right track, we’ve pulled together some helpful tips for enticing buyers and preparing your home for the market. Whether you’re a first-time seller or a seasoned pro, these tips will help you sell your home in no time – and for a great price!
How to amaze potential buyers
Put your listing at the forefront of buyers’ minds with these recommendations:
1. Don’t skimp on listing photos
First impressions are everything, and that includes how you present your home in the listing. In the listing photos, make a point to highlight the best features your home has to offer, and do that in the most aesthetically pleasing way by investing in a professional photographer. You don’t need pictures of every single nook and cranny – simply emphasizing the best parts will make buyers want to schedule a showing.
2. Schedule an open house
Hosting an open house creates a buzz around your listing. Opening your doors attracts buyers of all sorts, along with buyers’ agents. By hosting an open house, you increase the odds of receiving multiple bids over the course of one day, and you may avoid having to schedule multiple showings.
3. Be flexible and accommodating
As you might expect, scheduling showings (and following through with them) is not always a convenient experience. Yet in order to sell your home quickly and efficiently, remain flexible and accommodate your potential buyers’ schedules. Keep your home as clean as possible over the period of time when you’ll be showing it, and designate a place where you can drop off clutter at a moment’s notice.
4. Hire a competent realtor
In today’s digital age, your realtor should know how to use social media marketing to its fullest extent. And not only should they be proficient in every social media channel, they should also know how to utilize email marketing, mailers, and events to amp up the excitement for your listing.
5. Don’t over-improve
While it’s always a good idea to get your home in its best condition, don’t take on more than you can handle in a reasonable amount of time. Leave the additions and major improvements to the people who buy it. Big projects will only slow down the selling process. Stick to small improvements like repainting, decluttering, and small aesthetic repairs.
How to prepare your house for the market
Before you can get a handle on how to prepare your house for the market, you need to have an idea of the current condition of your home. You’ll also need to know your listing price.
If your listing price is lofty, consider making improvements so the quality of your home matches the price you’re trying to sell it for. If you’d rather skip the improvements, consider lowering the price. Remember, you can always ask your listing agent for help in this department!
Speaking of listing agents, choosing the right one is imperative to prevent your home from sitting on the market for ages. A good realtor will set you up for success.
Another thing you and your realtor should do is assess the local housing market before landing on a final listing price. Going too high or too low can do a lot of harm to your listing.
How long does it take to sell a house?
There are many factors that play into how long it takes to sell a house, and one of the most crucial is your location. Yet, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), it takes about 18 days for a home to completely sell from the time it was listed.
The month of May has traditionally been the best time to sell. During May, homes typically sell faster and for higher asking prices. Yet May isn’t a catch-all for the best time to sell, as the best time depends on a number of factors, including location, your current life circumstances, and the economic climate at the time you’re selling.
My home is messy – how can I sell?
A messy house is definitely not the first impression you want to make on buyers, but the solution is simple. First, take some time to declutter the space and make it not only presentable, but welcoming. Purge items you no longer need and, with less inventory in your home, you’ll more easily be able to organize and straighten everything that you own.
Put on your home’s brightest and shiniest face by giving it a deep clean. That will let buyers know that you care about the space and spent time making it the best it can be.
Getting ready to sell
Now that you’ve cleaned up, taken stunning photos, and started welcoming buyers in for open houses and showings alike, your home should sell in no time. And, when it does, make sure to call JK Moving for help with your big move!