With the current real estate market a seller needs to be aware of how to make his home sell quicker. The following provides some ideas potential sellers may find helpful.
1. Choose the appropriate price from the beginning
Ditch the idea you should start with a higher asking price and lower it at a later date. This tactic can often result in a slower sale and even lower price. The best activity occurs during the first 30 days.
2. Enhance the curbside appeal of your home
This includes anything on the outside of your home. This is the first thing prospective buyers will see.
3. Make upgrades to the inside and outside
Make sure your home is in line with current market conditions and styles.
4. Clean, eliminate clutter, and remove personal items
Make sure your home is efficiently cleaned and you have removed all knickknacks and unnecessary furniture. You should also remove any items that are personal in nature including photos—visitors should be able to visualize their family in the home rather than yours.
5. Make sure to stage the rooms in the house based on how they should be usedEven if you have rooms without a confirmed use, give it one.
6. Be flexible so the property is easy to show
Be willing to accommodate the needs of potential buyers regarding showings. Be willing to conduct showings at all reasonable hours including nights and weekends with minimal notice.
7. Make sure your pets are out of sight
Remove all signs of the existence of pets including dishes, litter boxes, etc. If at all possible prospective buyers should not be aware pets live in your home.
8. Use all the major online portals to list your property
Although the real estate agent will most likely handle this step, you may want to double check to be sure it appears on Zillow, Trulia, and Realtor.com. Social media outlets are also great places to showcase your home.
9. Ensure the listing includes plenty of good photos
With so many people today beginning their search online, it’s important to make sure your photos are better than just cell phone shots your realtor takes.
10. Share information about living in the neighborhood
You want to include photos of all areas of the neighborhood such as playgrounds, restaurants, shopping centers, and stores in addition to just your home. Include as much information as possible about life in the neighborhood.