Real Estate for Sellers
5 Ways to Make Your Home More Attractive to Buyers
If you are selling your home, there’s a good chance you’re also buying a home. You may even have started looking at houses. As a seller, this gives you an excellent opportunity to put yourself in the buyer’s shoes and pay attention to how you assess your potential new home.
Every buyer goes through the process of searching for and viewing many homes, carefully critiquing each one and eventually getting that awesome “this is it!” feeling. There may be a lot of inventory out there, so how do you make your home more attractive to buyers?
Maximize open space
Take a look at your living area. Are chair, tables and sofas very close together? Is there enough room to walk around and through the space to Sell my home? You may be able to maximize your square footage by rearranging the furniture or even removing a few pieces.
Let in the light
Go ahead and open shades and curtains and let the sun do the rest. If you have a room that doesn’t get much light, strategically placed mirrors that reflect the windows can really brighten up a space. If you have an unattractive view out of any of the windows, consider buying inexpensive slatted blinds that allow light in while minimizing the view.
Curate personal items
A lot of professionals tell you to remove your knick-knacks and photos. While no one wants to step over your collection of handwoven baskets or feel like they’re walking into a doll museum, some family photos might help buyers envision their own family living there.
Clean the bathroom
Think of how you feel when you walk into someone’s cluttered, untidy bathroom. It can be uncomfortable or even a huge turn-off. Clean off the counters, hang fresh towels, wash or replace a dinghy shower curtain and put all personal care items away. It’s hard for a buyer to envision herself getting ready in the morning when surrounded by someone else’s mess.
Lastly, go away
If you’re living in your home while you’re selling, make sure to set appointments at times when you can be out of the house. You may think you’re helping to sell your home by accompanying potential buyers on their walk-through and showcasing all your personal touches – you’re not. Let the buyers have their space; they want the opportunity to critique what they see because that means they have ideas for the home. Don’t take it personally! The ideas mean they see the home’s potential. Sell your house fast Tampa
When you see your home through a buyer’s eyes, it helps you maximize its appeal. And that means a quicker sale at an attractive price. So, it’s worth the time and thought to make a few changes to boost your home’s sale value.
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4 Steps to a Quick Home Sale
Sometimes, life makes the decision to move for you. A new job or addition to the family requires a quick home sale while you’re also busy trying to find a new place.
So how can you ensure your home sale goes as quickly as possible? Follow these four steps:
Don’t waste time “testing out the market”
Many sellers want to list their home as high as possible to see if they get any bites before reducing the price. This is fine if you’re not in a rush to move, but a serious problem if you want a quick home sale.
When buyers’ agents search the MLS for listings to show their clients, they typically use price ranges. While you may hope to list high and then negotiate the price down, you may actually be excluding buyers who would otherwise be interested in your home because your listing never shows up on searches based on your list price.
If you’re hoping for a quick sale, list your home at market value. Properly’s free online valuation will tell you what that is. You’re much more likely to get multiple offers quickly, thus keeping your sales price high without wasting time on the market.
Be prepared for a lot of showings
Especially in an extremely hot real estate market, a well-priced home can have a lot of showing traffic very quickly. We’ve listed homes that have seen five or more showings a day for the (short) time they were on the market.
Keep your property ‘showing ready’at all times. Make your bed, vacuum the carpet, and clean off your countertops before you leave the house everyday, even if you don’t have any showings scheduled yet. Our instant showing system means you could get texted a showing request at any time, and you only have one chance to impress potential buyers.
Consider a cash buyer, even if their offer is lower
The natural inclination is to accept the highest offer you receive; however, not all offers are created equal. Different types of financing add layers of complexity to the closing process. Tree Service
For example, FHA loans require that the property be in a certain condition, so accepting an offer from a buyer who needs that loan could require you to make repairs to the home before the the lender will even consider closing. Even buyers who use a conventional mortgage will almost always require a home appraisal, which takes time and could result in the deal falling apart over the appraised price.
Cash buyers offer your best chance for a quick close. They typically don’t require a home appraisal or need time to secure a mortgage and can close in as quickly as seven days. If a quick home sale is important, consider taking a slightly lower cash offer over a buyer who requires financing.F
Offer inspection concessions during due diligence instead of repairs
As we’ve discussed before, the home inspection is the closing activity most likely to kill a deal. The inspector can turn up a number of issues you weren’t aware of and can launch both you and the buyer into emotional round of negotiations over what repairs need to be done and who will do them.
Instead of trying to save a few bucks by doing repairs yourself, and thus delaying the closing even further, we highly recommend a negotiated cash concession for any necessary repairs. This ensures both a quick home sale and eliminates the chance that the buyer won’t be satisfied with the repairs and kill the deal anyway.