While the spring season is regarded as the best time to sell your home, that doesn’t mean it’s an easy process. Today’s homebuyers are very picky and want to get serious value for their hard-earned cash. Sellers need to consider pricing their home carefully and preparing their homes thoroughly for the process. Understand the importance of standing out from the crowd and increase your odds at success, here are some tips:
1. Curb Appeal
First impressions matter, and this is a first date you don't want to end up paying for.
Studies have show that buyers decide within 60 seconds of seeing a home whether they want to consider buying it. Trim your trees and bushes so buyers can see the house, pressure-wash the driveway, front walk, house and patio. In addition, clean and paint the front door because buyers must linger at the door while they wait for the agent to open the lockbox.
2. Price it Right
Even though prices are rising in certain areas, sellers need to be reasonable when pricing their homes compared to similar properties. Today’s buyers are very savvy, if you price too low, they’ll assume something is wrong with your home. If you price too high and end up lowering the price, it could hurt you more. The price could significantly drop and you might not be getting what any fair value for your home. Overpriced homes will usually stay on the market for 90 -120 days and are very difficult to sell.
3. Property Inspector
When you sell a home, you want it to be in great shape. Otherwise, a potential buyer won’t want to offer the best price. To do this, you should call a local property inspector who can take a look at the foundation and other parts of the house. If you have trouble finding an inspector, contact your local real estate agent who can give you advice on how to find a professional. Most sellers will jknow if something is broken. It makes more sense to do the repairs ahead of time rather than wait for a buyer to request it
4. Incorporate Spring Colors
Consider swapping out dark accent pillows and rugs for vibrant spring-colored accents. Since colors dramatically dictate the feel of a room, bright colors add warmth and comfort to your home. This can also be incorporated into other rooms of the home. In the bathroom consider using seasonally colored towels. In the kitchen, place a bowl of seasonal fruit on the counter.
5. Consult a Stager
Buyers need to picture themselves living in the house, and they may have trouble doing that if all your personal effects are on display. In order to accomplish that, a professional stager can create a plan for you that you can spend the winter months implementing a plan for the spring. Overall, a professional stager can help you set your listing apart.
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