Why Hire an Agent?
Studies show that sellers who use a real estate agent generally get a better price than those who choose to sell the home themselves. As an agent it is my job to stay up to date on the latest market trends and fluctuations. Utilizing an agent will help streamline the process and ensure as flawless of transaction as possible, as you will have latest information at critical junctures along the way. Let me put my experience, negotiation and communication skills to work for you to ensure that you get the best price for your home!
Before Your Home is Listed
Prior to listing your home, you’ll want to ensure everything is in good showing condition before buyers start to tour the home. Here are some important things to consider:
Now is the time to put things in storage, clean out the basement and garage and start preparing to show your home. Remove any family photos or personal items. Remember, you want buyers to see themselves in your home!
Touch up both interior and exterior paint.
Clean or replace carpet in areas with heavy wear.
Keep the interior and exterior clean and odor free.
Trim any overgrown bushes, mow the lawn and keep it free of leaves or snow. Make sure the front of the home is clean and appealing. You want to make a strong first impression!
Find Potential Problems Early
Once you’ve completed these steps you may want to hire someone to perform a pre-listing inspection. Buyers will be hiring professional inspectors too; this is your chance to find and address problems before it’s time to sell.
Consider hiring a professional stager to help give buyers the appeal they’re looking for. I have a reasonably priced stager, in particular, who I work with, and would be happy to have her to meet with you for a free consultation.
During the Listing Period
You will need to plan to have something to do during the times potential buyers visit your home. If initial offers don’t meet your expectations, don’t dismiss them immediately. You may need to consider lowering your asking price, if weeks go by with little to no showing traffic. Without showings and second showings, no offers can be generated, and it can mean that your home is priced too high for the specific neighborhood and for the time of year. I will work closely with you in determining as accurate of market value for your home as possible in the beginning, so we can reach the maximum buying pool, find the buyer that is the best fit, and thus obtain an offer as close the listing price as possible.