3. Marketing: Get into your local MLS!
Not only does a buyer need to be able to find your listing, they need to be captivated by it. We live in a digital world and buyers are looking on dozens of different sites to search for properties…….Are you on all of them? Home sellers should be listed in the MLS and as many other popular real estate sites as possible to ensure you are tapped into the largest buyer pool. In addition, your home needs to impress a buyer in a matter of seconds to reel them in. Think about how quickly you click through websites, is your home capable of stopping someone in their tracks? High quality, professional photos is the best way to showcase your home online and get them to book that showing.
4. Show Ready: Did you clean?
I have seen home buyers choose a house with far less upgrades than another in same neighborhood simply because it “felt like a much nicer home”. Why would a buyer choose a lower quality home? The home loaded with upgrades was dark, dingy, cluttered and full of pet odors. The hardwoods and upgraded kitchen faded in to the back drop and left zero impression on the buyer. They couldn’t get out of their fast enough. The buyers ended up purchasing a home around the corner with wall to wall carpet and a more dated kitchen simply because it was staged perfectly, clean, smelled great and appealed to every one of the buyer’s senses. I tried to talk them into purchasing the first one, letting them know that every issue could be remedied with a deep cleaning and the upgrades were much higher quality. They weren’t having it. The other home was stuck in their head and created a deep emotional connection. So get your home looking as nice as possible and keep it that way until it’s sold.
5. The Little Things: Every home will sell if priced correctly
This one ties in closely with number 4. Walk around your house and make a list of all the little things that would turn off a buyer. It could be dingy paint, broken hardware, cracked light fixtures. Things that you have become so accustomed to seeing that you may not even notice anymore. Be critical of yourself, because trust me, the buyers or their agent will be. I’m not telling you to do a full blown remodel, but I am recommending fixing the little things that are not very costly. Thinking that a buyer will not care of one or two things need to be fixed is a dangerous assumption. Many first time home buyers don’t understand the challenges and expenses of home ownership…….You do not want to be the house that reminds them of that. Sprucing up your home and fixing the little things will likely yield you a much higher return than a price drop or repair concession you have to make if these become “deal breaker” items for a buyer.
Keeping a focus on these 5 factors will dramatically increase your chances of selling your home quickly and maximizing your profits.