Great property selling tips
Selling a home today is very different than it was just a few years ago. In many areas it was as easy as putting a sign in the yard and then sitting back and waiting for multiple offers to choose from. But as the market has cooled down substantially you must make your property more exciting.
When a person buys a home it is a big emotional decision. People spend years of their life planning and visualizing their dream home, so when they actually come to view a prospective home they want it to be perfect. In order to make your house a home and stand out from the crowd, there a few things that you can do.
First of all, look at the outside. Remember the term “curb appeal.” When prospective buyers drive up to your home, what does it say? It needs to say “wow!” Make your yard stand out by pruning the trees, pulling out the weeds and keeping it mowed and trimmed. If you live in a snowy winter wonderland like I do, keep your driveway plowed and your walkways and stairs shoveled and swept. Buyers can and will imagine both the best and worst conditions. It is your job to make the best and worst seem acceptable.
You can also add colorful fresh plants to give it a fresh look. Make sure the exterior is in tiptop shape. Paint, as needed – especially the front door. If winter prohibits exterior painting, plan ahead if able. Painters have some options available for winter painting but they are not genies, and they are limited to available technologies for cold weather painting.
Inside the house make sure to fix any broken window panes, doors and leaky faucets. You should also check and make sure that all the electrical appliances such as the doorbell, fans, lights etc are functioning properly. You must keep in mind that buyers will look at every nook and cranny of the house, so you should take care of all the finer details. Nothing will turn off a potential buyer more than the feeling that the house has not been maintained.
Finally, look at the inside of your home through the buyer’s eyes. What will they see? Should you repaint the walls? Should you replace the carpeting? Will the buyer feel at home?
In order to be more accustomed to the buyer’s need all you have to do is to think like a buyer. Try to make a list of all the things you would want in your home if you were to buy it. This will give you a good idea of what you need to do in order to make your home the buyers perfect home.
Chris Farkas is a Realtor for EXIT Realty Associates