29 May 6 Essential Tips To Sell Your House This Summer
If you’re planning to put your house on the market this summer – and you hope to have it sold in time for the September school season – the clock is ticking. According to national statistics, approximately 60% of all homes are bought and sold over the summer. Even before you meet with a licensed real estate professional, you need to get your house, and yourself, ready to capitalize on this sale.
Here are 6 essential steps to take now in order to be sale-ready after Memorial Day:
1. Tackle The Obvious Repairs
First and foremost if you get these repairs done ahead of time, it’ll prevent potential buyers from being distracted as they tour your home. Instead of making a mental checklist of all the items that need fixing, they can focus on the home’s positive attributes. You’ll also save time (and money) later by avoiding back-and-forth negotiations over minor repair issues. Doing the repairs yourself, ahead of time, saves you from having to foot the bill for the estimated, and often over-inflated, cost of repairs. It has been found that your actual cost will almost always be less than a buyer’s post-inspection estimate.
2. Remove Your Clutter And Junk Now
Clutter eats equity and can kill deals. It’s time to declutter, freeing up more visually appealing space in your home. Look at each item in your house, and decide to save it, store it, sell it, or trash it. The concept that ‘less is more’ is at the heart of making a home sellable. Once you’ve gotten rid of what you’re not using, be sure to organize the rest. A little extra breathing room goes a long way as the home will feel bigger, making a buyer more drawn to it and willing to pay top dollar.
3. Depersonalize Your Home
Take down the collectibles, family heirlooms, school photos, and other highly personal mementos. I recommend this, because when it comes to selling, you want a fairly clean slate that allows buyers to envision themselves living there. They need to visualize their own trinkets and pictures in the home. To them, your memorabilia is just more stuff, so take it down for now!
4. Remove Anything Polarizing
When clearing out the house, remove any controversial elements. Many people have strong emotional reactions to religious or political types of items. Don’t give your buyer a chance to prejudge your home because of your beliefs.
5. Pump Up the Curb Appeal
First impressions are everything, and a pretty face, will get buyers in the front door. Right now, you can get a jump on your curb appeal by taking advantage of the spring growing season. This is the time to plant grass and pretty flowers. And don’t forget to trim up the trees and bushes. By sale day, your curb appeal will be in full bloom and ready for the stream of RWA buyers, the best buyers you can find! Remember, you never get a second chance to make a first impression.
6. Get A Reality Check
We all have an idea of what our house is worth, but I can promise you that those self-appraisals are not going to be objective. An educated seller makes smarter decisions. Give yourself a reality check and get a free home evaluation from a licensed real estate agent. Do not trust the auto generated figures a website may say.
You need real human eyes to examine the property, a real estate professional, who knows the true market.
Getting a head start on the summer sale season by preparing your house (and yourself) gives you a significant leg up come list time. Right from go you’ll have a realistic start to a successful home selling process.
If you’d like a no obligation free home evaluation, contact me TODAY and get your home’s current value!