7 tips to sell your home for the highest price.
1. Appropriate Pricing. This is an important tip. Buyers are well informed about pricing because they can see listed and sold values on the internet and they will click over your listing if they perceive over pricing 100% of the time. If you overprice in the beginning, you loose 100% of the new listing exposure momentum and your house becomes just another listing as time passes. Some Realtors promise a higher price just to get the listing. NEVER sign more than a 60 day listing agreement unless you can back out of it at any time. I offer such an agreement.
2. Have your home professionally cleaned. Yes, it costs money to do it but the return is worth it.
3. Fix the little things. Little problems catch the buyer’s eye and then they start looking for bigger problems.
4. Stage it! Take it from living condition to showing condition. It is proven that staged homes sell for up to 5% more than non-staged homed. I would guess 99% of all Realtors do not allow the seller any money to stage their home. I pay for staging on every listing because IT WORKS! Don’t list with a Realtor who does not pay to professionally stage your home.
5. Professional photographs. Have you ever looked at houses online and the photos are so bad you can’t make out much of anything? This is your first point of sale on the internet. Bad photos and you loose showings, prospects, time and money because your house looks blurry. I hire a professional photographer for all of my listings. Shouldn’t every agent do that since it is so important?
6. Have an older home inspected. You are required to pass on the inspection report to a buyer for 4 years but if you make the repairs, then they are a selling point instead of being a deal killer after you have a buyer who has already negotiated down your selling price and wants the repairs done anyway.
7. Pick the right Realtor. When working with an agent, you'll want one who can really sell. That means somebody who knows your neighborhood intimately, someone who advertises and who's enthusiastic about your home. That also means someone other agents want to work with; someone who's abrasive or who isn't honest when pricing your home won't help your cause.