Looking to sell your home this year? Here’s one thing that you should know – home selling can be overwhelming! However, if you have done your research and if you have prepared yourself for the whole process, you can successfully sell your home without feeling stressed out. Here are the top ten tips to ensure that you get the best out of your home selling:
1. Staging is also a key to home selling success.
It is important for a home seller to stage his home in a way that it can attract all potential buyers. Meaning, we should go for tidy and neutral instead of going for a specific ambience. To make sure that the home looks tidy, organising the clutter should be on top of your cleaning-up list. We don’t want the potential buyers to feel suffocated. We want them to feel ‘at home’.
2. Renovations and improvements won’t come unrewarded.
Sure, you can also get by with what your house already has. But here’s the thing, the more you improve your home’s appeal, the better chances you’d have in receiving purchase offers. It may mean shelling out a few hundred pounds, but it shall also help you get your home sold faster. Renovations can go from a simple paint change to adding up new stuff like a pool or a wooden fence. Decide on how much you can afford spending on home improvements and let your creativity take it from there.
3. Remove personal items from sight when showing your home.
During home showings, the seller’s goal is to make their potential buyers feel like they are at home. So the best way for you to make this happen is to remove all your personal belongings from the buyers’ view. If they see your stuff all over the house, they’ll feel more like visitors than home owners, and that won’t help you convince them that your house is what they are looking for.
4. Conduct an open house.
Conducting an open house has its own pros and cons, but one thing is for sure, when you conduct an open house, you will have a higher chance of finding the right buyers. Sure you’ll be exposed to lurkers and curious neighbors, but it also allows you to be visible to lots of potential buyers.
5. Don’t forget to sell the community as well.
It’s not just the property itself that should get the spotlight, you should also discuss to the buyers the benefits of living in your home’s community. Are there any great schools in there? Are supermarkets accessible? How’s the crime rate? If all these questions have positive answers, do not forget to share the info to your potential buyers.
6. Do not forget to market to the hottest buyer group – the millennials.
If you want to target the millennials, you should start putting yourself in their shoes. What do they want? How do they think? Marketing to millennials may require a whole different approach and strategy compared to marketing to a family or a retiree.
7. Market the house as an investment property.
If you want to take your sales talk to another level, don’t just focus on selling your property as a place for your buyer to live in. Discuss how much of a good investment property your home is as well.
8. Never neglect the repairs.
Almost all pre-owned homes need minor and/or major repairs and there are two ways for you to deal with these. First, you can do the repair, OR, you discuss this with your buyers and agree on giving them a discount so they can take care of all the things that needs to be repaired. Nonetheless, do not think that you can get away with any of the broken parts of your home. An inspection can be requested by the buyer and they will find out about it anyway. So it’s always better to deal with these things with honesty.
9. If all else fails…
If you can’t seem to sell your home within the time frame that you have set, maybe it’s time to cut down the price, or maybe add in some free stuff like insurance or offer to pay for the closing costs. When you don’t seem to succeed immediately, you can either cut the price, or wait for the market to become active again. During the entire year, there are always months when the real estate isn’t doing very well for the sellers. So if you’re not getting the response that you want, you can just wait a few more weeks or months to sell your home again.
10. Sometimes, an agent is all that you need to get this thing done.
Getting the assistance of a real estate agent can help you in more ways than you might have thought. Not only can your agent do all the sales talk for you, he/she also has all the valuable inputs that you need to make your property more appealing to buyers. Plus, the connections a real estate agent has can also increase your chances of finding the right buyer for your home, not to mention all the real estate matters you have never heard of that your agent can tell you about. Getting an agent clearly has its own perks for home sellers.