If you’re planning on selling your house, you want to have it sold as soon as possible. Here are 10 frequent issues we see that homeowners must avoid to sell fast – and get the best possible price.
Remember Curb Appeal Importance
Don’t underestimate the impact of a first impression on a potential buyer’s offer on your home. A well maintained exterior signals to buyers that the interior has probably been well maintained. Trim trees, hose walkways, pressure-wash dirty surfaces and remove toys and clutter. These little improvements can -and do- go a long way.
Resist the Temptation to Overprice Your Home
It’s normal to want top dollar for your property—after all, you know what a wonderful home it is! But pricing your home too high can cause the listing to sit and languish. And once a house has been on the market for several months, buyers will think there’s something wrong with it, forcing you to drop the asking price to spark interest.
Do Not Neglect Listing Photos
In an age when buyers shop for homes on the internet, listing photos are there to work hard selling your home for you. Hire a professional photographer, and make sure to get shots of all the important rooms in the house. Detail shots are good, but be sure to include full-room pictures so potential buyers can get a feel of the home.
Repairs have to be Tended to
A fresh set of eyes will notice things around your home that you may have forgotten about. Before the buyers see your house, it’s time to finally get around to fixing that rotted exterior roofing or the water damage in the bathroom. If potential buyers see these types of flaws during a showing, they may expect the house to be a renovation nightmare. Fixing obvious problems will increase the chances of getting an offer—or multiple offers—on the home.
Keep Your Spaces Neutral
Set the stage to allow potential buyers to imagine themselves in your space. Even if you’re not hiring stagers, there’s plenty you can do yourself—such as hiding family photos and personal memorabilia. Tone down distracting decor, bright colors, and anything else that would divert attention from the most important thing a buyer should be focusing on – the room spaces.
Do not Refuse Low Offers
It’s easy to get offended by buyers who make lowball offers. Take emotions out of the deal and approach the offer as a business decision—which, in fact, it is. Instead of walking away from these offers completely, take the opportunity to negotiate. You may be surprised to find a counter offer in return.
Stay Away during House Showings
This is one thing you should let real estate agents handle. Buyers will benefit from a little freedom to imagine themselves in the space. Plus, they’ll feel more comfortable discussing the house, scrutinizing the cabinets, and poking through closets without the homeowner two steps behind them.
Sticking to these 7 tips could make a very big difference when the time comes to list your home for sale.