If you are trying to sell a house these days, then you have likely come to the realization that they are not flying off the shelf. Though we are seeing activity, in Columbia, SC new home sales drive the market, and new home communities will always be your largest competition. There's nowhere you can put a house on the market that isn't close to a new home community here.
That doesn't mean that you can't get it done. In fact, it's entirely possible to compete with builders as well as the other resales around you. You just have to come to another realization.
You need to get serious or you need to get comfortable. If you truly want to sell your house, then you need to do the things it takes to accomplish that task. If you are not willing to do what it takes, then you may as well make yourself at home, because you won't be going anywhere anytime soon.
These days with a reduced number of buyers on the market, you have to make you house as attractive as possible. If you're not willing to do this, then you have little if any hope of selling your house.
1- Price it right -Price is far and away the most important thing in selling your house. You have to put the right price on it or the house may not even show much less sell. Buyers know what's out there and how far their money will go.
2- Condition - If price is the most important part of the puzzle, then condition is a close second. Fresh paint, new carpet is yours is damaged, fresh landscaping, and a clean house is a great start. It sounds like a lot, but if you're not willing to do what it takes, then there's no need to even try. If a buyer can get a brand new home for cheaper than they can buy your house that's not in great condition, then guess where that buyer is headed every time?
3- Depersonalize - It's part of the process of going neutral and allowing the buyer to picture themselves living in the home. They don't need to see a thousand family photos or your collection of 50 rooster figurines in the kitchen. You can put those up in your new home, but if you really want to sell, then this isn't your home anymore.
4- De-clutter - This is another incredibly important factor. I live in a house myself and I know how easy it is to accumulate more stuff than you really have room for in your house. I also know how easy it is to pack up all that stuff and put it out of sight and out of mind. It doesn't leave a good impression of the house when you have too much stuff crowded around all the rooms and it makes the place look smaller than it actually is in the end.
These are just a handful of things that you can do to give yourself the best chance at selling. If you have really made up your mind that you are ready to move on, the you need to take it a step further and go through the motions necessary to make that happen.