Selling a home can be as easy or hard as you make it. There is usually a trade-off between getting top dollar for your house and making a quick and easy sale, but there are some tips that can help you out in both areas. First time home sellers may not know all that goes into successfully selling their house. It takes some work to find a buyer while getting the price you want.
4 best tips for first time home SELLERS!
Price It Right
You may be tempted to price your home above market value in hopes of finding the right buyer who falls in love with your house and just has to have it. Or maybe you want to leave some room for negotiation. The truth is, pricing your home higher than the competition can not only make it take longer for your property to sell, but it can actually cost you money in the end.
Your house should be priced correctly from day one. If not, your house will look too expensive compared to similar homes on the market, and your listing will continue to drop further down the line. Plus, potential buyers will be able to see any price changes you make. Continuously dropping the price will make you appear like a desperate seller or as if you don’t know what you’re doing. It can also give the impression something is wrong with the house because you aren’t able to get your asking price. Do your homework, run the comps, and price the property correctly from day one.
Pack Up Before You List It
Nothing will turn a seller off quicker than seeing a messy cluttered space. Not only does it give the impression of a cramped space that might not be big enough for all their furniture and belongings, but it also makes it hard for them to imagine living in the home. So it’s usually best to pack up before listing your home. Box up and store EVERYTHING that isn’t essential. Removing as many of your personal effects as possible will make potential buyers feel less intrusive when they are viewing your home. Declutter, take pictures down, make the spaces fill open, airy, and neutral. This also works well for your listing photos. Pictures of rooms packed with the seller’s stuff usually stand out, but not in a good way. You can even consider hiring a professional stager to guide you through the process and they may be able to arrange your furniture and personal belongings in a way that really shows off your home.
Don’t Say No To a Showing
It might seem a little inconvenient having strangers walk through your house at any given moment, but you need to make viewing your house as easy as possible. If your agent has a buyer who wants to see the house at 9 pm, let them. If your house is all packed up, short notice shouldn’t be too much of a hassle. Do whatever you can to get your house seen. Don’t limit your showings to certain times or alienate potential buyers in any way. Sometimes a buyer may want to come more than once if they are comparing other houses and trying to make a final decision, or they may want to see your house in the morning and the evening, weekday and weekend. Also, don’t just rely on an Open House to sell your home. The fact is, the vast majority of houses sell through direct showings. Being hospitable and flexible to potential buyers will set the tone for a positive, future transaction!
A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words
We can’t stress this one enough. Good photography is one of the most important things you will do when selling your house. Advertisements using bad photography, or with cluttered, messy or highly personalized rooms will likely be looked over. You have only a few seconds to capture someone’s interest when they are looking through listings, and you do this with amazing photography. Your house needs to pop! It has to stand out and make people click on your listing to find out more. You should consider hiring a professional if your listing agent hasn’t already. You might also consider creating an online virtual tour, or using drone photography.
Selling your house doesn’t have to be overwhelming or scary. Hiring the right team of professionals to guide you, will ensure you get the price you want in a timely manner. For more tips on how to sell your house, check out our other article The 5 Best Tips To Sell Your House Faster In Myrtle Beach.