10 Things to Keep in Mind When Selling Your Home
When the time comes to sell your home, it is not always an easy task. If your goal is to secure a quick and easy sale, at the best possible price, you need to keep a few things in mind.
1. Neat and tidy presentation
It goes without saying that a well presented home is more likely to sell both faster and for a higher price. Mow the lawns, give the walls a coat of paint and remove clutter – prospective buyers WILL take notice, and you will be more likely to achieve top dollar for your hom
2. Understand the market
Before putting your own home on the market, it pays to do some research. Speak to your local Realtor and search recent sales records online to get a better picture of the value of your home. Some times of the year may be better than others for sales, so don’t rush if you aren’t in a hurry.
3. Understated, tasteful decoration increases appeal
There is nothing more polarizing than home décor. People have wide and varying tastes, so it is best to stick to a neutral, conservative style. It will lift the ambience of your home without turning off potential buyers.
4. Communication is key
Once you’ve decided to sell your home, you need to ensure that you are able to provide prompt and efficient communication. Buyers don’t like being left in the dark and poor communication may lose you the sale. When your realtor has questions, ensure that you provide quick and accurate answers. Ensure your contact number and email address are easily accessible at all times.
5. High quality photographs and videos generate interest
When advertising your home, photographs and videos play a big role in generating interest to potential buyers. Professional real estate photographers understand how to take pictures that enhance the appearance of your home in the best lighting possible. Their understanding of good angles and lighting can make rooms look more inviting and spacious. These days a lot of new homes have a video walkthrough of the property. Only focus on the highlights of the house, if the photo or video scene is not going to help sell the home, leave it out. Video highlights or video walkthroughs should only be about 1:30 - 2min max. An experienced real estate photographer can also capture some amazing shots of your home by using drones. Just remember to make sure they have their proper drone license called Section 107 before you hire them. If you have a nice home, photos can make or break an advertisement, so stay one step ahead and ensure your photos are high quality by spending the extra money for it.
**Above is a highlight video of one of my properties as an example. **
6. Be willing to negotiate
Prospective buyers are preparing to part with a significant amount of money and will often seek to negotiate on price. Ensure that your list price has some room for negotiation. This results in a win-win situation for both buyer and seller and will also help in securing a quick and easy transaction.
7. Choose your real estate agent wisely
A professional real estate agent understands their clients’ needs and how to make sales. Ensure that your chosen Realtor is competent, polite and professional. Research an agent before you hire them to represent your house. Look at their reviews online and what others say about their experience with this agent. Remember, the agent no only represents you and your home but they will also work with the potential buyer too, so it's a very important step. This puts your buyers at ease, and makes for a seamless communication process for all involved.
8. Optimize comfort levels
When conducting a house inspection or auction, you want buyers to feel comfortable. It is important that air conditioners and heating are working as expected. A hot, stuffy house or a cold draft may turn them off the property entirely. Also, if you can't do a really good job cleaning the house before it will be viewed, hire someone who can.
9. Highlight local amenities
For many buyers, the proximity of their new home to local schools and services is highly important. Your listing should highlight the distance from your home to popular amenities such as parklands, local schools, shopping malls, public transport hubs and business centers. These factors are particularly important for young families and those who commute to work – so don’t miss them!
10. Final arrangements
Ensure that you have made arrangements for removal services and your future accommodation before the closing date arrives. This will ensure the handover process is as efficient as possible for both buyer and seller.
In close, with these handy tips in mind you should have no trouble selling your home. Best of luck with your sale! Please contact me if you have any questions about any of these steps or if you are interested in selling your home in Hawaii or if you're interested in buying a home in Hawaii.