Resources for Sellers
Get Started on the Right Foot!
- Why Hire an Agent?
Studies show that sellers who use a real estate agent consistently get a better price than those who try to sell their home themselves. As an agent it is our job to stay up to date on the latest market trends and fltuctuations. Utilizing an agent also means fewer surprises while selling your home, as you will be kept informed at critical junctures in the process. Let us put our experience to work for you, to ensure you get the best price for your home!
- Before Your Home is Listed
Prior to listing your home, you’ll want to ensure everything is in good showing condition before buyers start to tour the home. Here are some important things to consider:
- Start Packing
Now is the time to put things in storage, clean out the basement and garage and start preparing to show your home. Remove any family photos or personal items. Remember, you want buyers to see themselves in your home!
- Spot Paint
Touch up both interior and exterior paint.
- Update Carpet
Clean or replace carpet in areas with heavy wear.
- Extra Cleaning
Keep the interior and exterior clean and odor free.
- Curb Appeal
Trim any overgrown bushes, mow the lawn and keep it free of leaves or snow. Make sure the front of the home is clean and appealing. You want to make a strong first impression!
- Find Potential Problems Early
Once you’ve completed these steps you may want to hire someone to perform a pre-listing inspection. Buyers will be hiring professional inspectors too; this is your chance to find and address problems before it’s time to sell.
- Start Packing
If your home will be empty during the listing period, consider hiring a professional stager Staging not only adds warmth and visual appeal, it helps a buyer who may have difficulty with ‘spatial’ relationships… such as, will the bed fit in this room? Not to mention, some buyers just have a difficult time imaging what a room could look like when it’s just four walls and a floor.
- During the Listing Period
You’ll need to live like you’re expecting company on short notice… especially when the house is fresh on the market and there are a rush of inquiries. You’ll also need to plan where you’ll go or what you want to do when potential buyers are visiting your home. It’s an exciting time… Every showing is a potential sale!