Steps to selling a home:
1. Getting your home ready for sale:
Now is the time to start cleaning and decluttering. If your home feels cluttered with furniture and decorations, it will also feel this way to prospective buyers. The goal is to make your house look spacious, clean and welcoming. Does the carpet need deep cleaning? Is your yard landscaped and looks like a place where someone would like to enjoy a morning coffee? Does the front of the house look inviting and clean? It is also important to complete any repairs that you’ve been putting off. During our first meeting, I will generally evaluate your home and may offer tips and suggestions as to what may make your home more appealing to buyers. You may also hire staging services to help you with that.
Don’t forget to protect your privacy and valuables. You may want to place your jewelry chest in an area that is not accessible to visitors; remove very personal photos; diplomas and don’t leave your mail in sight.
If you are a pet owner, you might want to make plans for your pets during showings. Make sure your home is odor free as none of the home buyers, even if they own pets, want to walk into a home that smells like pets.
2. Determining a listing price
I will create a competitive market analysis to determine the best selling price for your home. Most buyers want to overprice their home and work their way down but this strategy rarely yields the results the sellers want. Most interest and foot traffic happens in the first 45 days. The key is to price your home just right at the beginning with a price that reflects what the market is doing in your neighborhood.
3. Marketing your home
First thing in order is to have someone take high quality photos that will show your home at it’s best in the right lighting. A professional may create 360 degrees virtual tours of your home’s best features which will be highlighted in the home description. Marketing materials will be printed for mailings in your area. Your home will be listed on several real estate websites to generate the most traffic and listing views of your home.
4. Showing your home
You will have the option to show your home by appointment or by making a lockbox available to agents in addition to scheduling Open House days. Remember that you only have a few seconds to make a first impression. Leave lights on to make rooms feel open and spacious, turn on your ambiance lights and create a comfortable temperature in your home. Freezing or hot summer rooms will have your prospective buyers scan and leave your home prematurely. Open the blinds to let natural light in. Be cautious with the use of scented candles and room deodorizers; a lot of people are sensitive to certain fragrances and might be put off by the smells in your home.
5. Selling your home
Selling a house is a complicated which is why people hire realtors who have the knowledge and experience to guide sellers and buyers. As your agent, I will make sure your buyer is qualified to complete the purchase and follow a multi step process of paperwork and appointments. I will keep you informed every step of the way and make sure all “i”s and “t”s are dotted and crossed.