Seller Tips

Tips To Sell Your Home In The Least Amount of Time And For the Highest Amount:

  1. You have to be willing to price it right:  If you’re going to sell your home in a down market, you may have to be willing to make some concessions on price.    In many areas foreclosures have depressed the prices quite a bit.  While you may not be able to cut your price to the level of some of those bank owned homes, you can still do your research as to what comparable homes are selling for, and undercut their prices.  You may not get as much action as the foreclosures, but you will at least get more action than other sellers who aren’t as flexible on price.  Try not to get emotionally stuck on a certain price.
  2. Make sure the home has curb appeal:  Even if you can’t compete on price with foreclosures, you can do your best to make sure that the your house at least looks better on the outside than the foreclosure down the block.   Get the home power washed, paint the trim and the doors, put on new exterior lights and/or knockers, and give your plants some sprucing up.   All the hard work should pay off by at least getting that buyer through the door.
  3. Clear the home of clutter:  When you’re living in the home, it may be ok to have stacks of papers on the coffee table, and tons of personal photos on the walls.   But when you’re selling a home you want the potential buyers to picture themselves living in the house.  Remove personal photos from the walls, and replace them with neutral framed art.  Take everything off the countertops in the kitchen to make it  seem like there is more counter space.  Remove any unnecessary furniture and put it into storage.  If you can remove clothing from the closets and put it into storage to make the closets feel bigger.  Reduce all the extra clutter throughout the house to make it feel bigger, more spacious and buyer friendly!
  4. Fix big problems:  If your house has a big problem that will turn a lot of buyers off, fix it!  Shag carpeting in the living room? Consider changing it out with fresh new carpeting.  Non-working water softener?  Pay to have it fixed, or get a new one.   Big hole in the wall?  Get some drywall and patch it up.  Ugly peeling linoleum in the kitchen? Put in new flooring.  Anything that can cause instant dislike for your house should be fixed, as long as it isn’t too expensive.
  5. Fix smaller problem areas around the house:  Go throughout the house and take notes of all  the small things that need fixing that may be a turnoff to a potential buyer.  Take the time to go around and fix those things one by one.  If you noticed them, the buyer will too!
  6. Consider staging the house:   Make the rooms feel more spacious, give it a less cluttered look and a make people feel more at home.   Watch a lot of HGTV and try to emulate what the experts do to stage a house!
  7. Offer bonuses to agents or buyers: consider offering a bonus to the first agent to bring in a full price offer, or offer to pay closing costs for a buyer (this might be especially attractive for first time buyers).  I’ve even heard of buyers offering to pay a years worth of homeowner’s association fees. Be creative.
  8. Use the power of the web and your personal networks to market your house:  Don’t rely solely on the listing that your agent has put online to sell your house. Use other online venues to help sell your house.  Put an ad on craigslist, get your own url with the house’s address, promote the house through social media like facebook and twitter, and send out a copy of your listing to people on your email list.  Sometimes word of mouth is one of the best ways to market a house.
  9. Get an expert agent to help you sell:  Get an expert agent to help sell your house, not a friend of a friend – or your aunt Agnes who just got her real estate license. Your house is one of your biggest assets, and this is no time to do someone else a favor.   At Carolina Preferred Realty we understand the power of the internet, the importance of good wide angle interior photos, and an overall marketing strategy for  your house.
  10. When the house is showing, keep the house clean and don’t be there!:  When  the house is having a showing, make sure that you aren’t there. There’s nothing more annoying than having the home’s owners in a house when you’re trying to look at it.  Also, make sure to keep the house spic and span to make sure that it shows well.