Is it time to move? Selling your home quickly not only allows you to move on with your life but also means fewer days of having to ‘stage’ your home in pristine showroom condition, with the disruption of viewings.
Your home is your sanctuary, but when it comes to selling your home, it’s best to think like a salesperson, not a proud homeowner, to ensure your transaction is as successful as possible. It doesn’t have to be expensive, but with a little time and effort and great photos, you can quickly maximize your changes.
The good news? According to Zillow, the best time to list your home is in March, and April is the best month to maximize the price. So there’s no time like the present!
Here are ten secrets from Laguna to make sure your sale happens as quickly as possible:
- Price it right: Do your research and find out the market value of similar homes in your area. Price your home competitively to attract potential buyers.
- Stage your home: First impressions count. Take time to clean, declutter, and make necessary repairs to make your home look its best. If necessary, consider hiring a professional home stylist showcase your home’s strengths. Nothing turns buyers off like dust and dirt.
- Blander your house: It may sound counterintuitive, but the blander your house, the more appealing it will be to a third party. Remove family photos and memorabilia, as the idea is to allow buyers to see the house as a home for their family, not yours. Remove political and religious items, children’s artwork (and everything else) from the refrigerator, and anything that marks the house as anything other than neutral territory. Family photos can be replaced by neutral art or removed entirely.
- Let the light in. People love light and bright, and the best way to show off your house is to let the sunshine in. Open all the curtains, blinds, and shades, and turn lights on in any dark room. If natural light is lacking in any room, strategically place lamps or light sources throughout to set the mood. And while your house is on the market, open all curtains and turn on lights every time you leave your house. And finally, the cleaner your windows, the
- Use professional photos and marketing materials: High-quality photos and well-written listing descriptions can make a big difference in attracting potential buyers and are well worth the small investment.
- Be flexible with viewings: Make it easy for buyers to see your home by being flexible with showings and open houses. Welcome viewers with the smell of freshly brewed coffee and cookies or the sight of fresh flowers to make your property stand out.
- Be proactive about communication: Be businesslike and make time for the process. Respond promptly to inquiries, keep your agent informed about any changes, and follow up with potential buyers to gauge their level of interest.
- Hire an expert: You might feel confident to list and sell your house directly, but using a real estate agent can assist you in pricing your home correctly, marketing your property, negotiating with buyers, and ultimately saving you time. As you interview potential agents, pay close attention to their experience level. You want to find an agent you can work well with who also knows the market.
- Prepare to negotiate: Negotiation is all part of the sales price. Be prepared to negotiate with buyers and be open to reasonable compromises. Work with your real estate agent to determine the best strategy for negotiating a fair sale price.
- Keep emotions in check: Selling a home can be an emotional process but try to keep your emotions in check and avoid becoming too attached to the sale price. No one likes to work with an irrational seller.