Selling your home can be a stressful time in ones life. I have listed here seven items that may help to alleviate some of that stress and allow for a smooth transition for you and your family.
How to increase the value of your home
First impressions are vital in the sale of your home. It is estimated that more than 50% of the houses are sold before the buyers even get out of the car. So take a few minutes, go across the street and look at your home as if for the first time. See what you can do to increase its curb appeal.
Some suggestions for outside:
- pick up toys/bikes/garbage/pet feces
- trim shrubs
- weed gardens and plant flowers
- keep lawns mowed and edged
- park extra cars away from the property
- sweep front walkway
- clean windows
- apply fresh paint
Some suggestions for inside:
- kitchen and bathrooms should be shiny clean
- quick vacuum
- fresh flowers
- open blinds and drapes
- straighten closets
- put away toys
- turn off TV
- dishes should be clean and put away
- make beds and put dirty laundry in hamper
- keep pets out of the way
How to price your home
Pricing your home can be tricky, but is undoubtedly one of the most important factors in selling a home and getting the most money from the sale of your home. Studies indicate that you have the best chance for selling a home within the first seven weeks. The longer a property stays on the market, the less the seller is likely to net. It is tempting to want to try and sell your home a few thousand dollars over fair market value, with the intention of lowering the price a couple of months later if there seems to be no offers coming in, but remember that key seven week period. By doing this, you lose out on many potential buyers who have a specific price range in mind, and don’t even look at anything higher. Using an experienced Realtor, who is always in touch with the market trends, can more than pay for itself.
The clean factor
It is amazing how much money the extra effort of cleaning your home will net you in the long run. A squeaky clean home will generally sell faster and net you hundreds, if not thousands more.
Paint! Paint! Paint!
The best “bang for your buck”. Even if it is not the color the potential buyers may choose, a freshly painted house gives the appearance of a well-maintained home. It gets rid of all those scuff marks and makes the home more appealing.
As mentioned earlier, the importance of curb appeal cannot be understated. I’ve had potential buyers refuse to look at the inside of a house based on the appearance of the outside. The front yard is a reflexion of the inside of your home, so really take the time to tidy up and keep the yard well-maintained.
Marketing your home
In todays world, many homes are now bought sight unseen. With the world wide web at our fingertips, people from around the world can look at photos of your home and make an offer based solely on that. It is important that your home be marketed not only to the people in the Powell River area, but to the rest of the world as well, and through my marketing plan, your home will see international exposure.
Taking care of business after the sale
It is always a good idea to make sure you don’t forget to let the companies that you deal with, know about the sale, and how to re-route your bills, etc. I have listed a few of the common companies that you would need to contact in order to make a smooth transfer.
Choosing an Agent
Another key factor in making the sale of your home go as smoothly as possible, is your choice in Realtors. You want to feel confident in their ability to represent your needs in the transaction. They should be able to explain to you why your home should be priced at a certain price level, and what they are basing this decision on. Experienced Realtors will also be in the know of what the current pool of buyers are looking for in relation to particular styles and price ranges of properties. They can recommend any changes you may want to consider in order to enhance the salability of your home, thus increasing the price &/or decrease the length of time before a sale.
If you have any questions or would like to know the current market value of your home, contact us anytime.