Whether you are downsizing, upsizing, or building your dream home, selling your current property at the best price in the shortest time can be a critical factor in achieving your goal. Here are 10 things you should know about selling your property.
The 10 Things Sellers Should Do The Minute Their Home Goes On The Market
1. Adopting The Right Mindset
When you put your home on the market you are no longer the home owner, you are the home seller. Sellers must adopt the mindset of the buyer and see the home through a buyer’s eyes.
2. Accommodate Every Showing
The perfect buyer could show up at any minute and the more potential buyers who see the home, the better! Some buyers can't and won't reschedule to see your house so try your best to make every showing work.
3. Stay ‘Show Worthy’
The cleaning and tidying up never ends when selling a home. All signs of normal life have to go; this includes kids' toys, items on the counter, and even family photos. Potential buyers need to be able to imagine the house as their own home.
4. Tone Down The Kids’ Rooms
It's important to minimize the superhero and princess decor. Bright colored walls, posters, stuffed animals, and even a baby room that is too “precious” can hurt. Keep decor and furnishings as minimal and neutral as possible when selling your home.
5. Turn On The Lights
This may sound like a no brainer but buyers decide within 30 seconds if they like a house. Even if you are at work all day, leave plenty of lights on; the cost is low and it could make or break the sale.
6. Turn On The Heat Or AC
If you’ve got it, flaunt it. On a hot summer day, the air conditioning might be the feature that gets the buyers to make an offer; and in the winter, a cozy, warm home could do the same.
7. Invite The Neighbors
If your agent hosts an open house, the neighbors will come. There's a reason they call them "nosey," but the good news is there's a chance they might know the perfect buyer...so invite them in!
8. Keep Your Stuff Safe
It's VERY rare for items to be stolen at a showing or open house, but it can happen. Err on the side of caution and but your valuables, prescriptions, etc in a safe and hidden location.
9. Minimize Risk
People can be clumsy. When your house is on the market: get rid of tripping hazards, make sure flooring is not loose or uneven, mark “half steps” that are hard to see with tape or a shiny indicator, use mats or towels when it rains, and shovel ice and snow.
10. Make Yourself Scarce
There's a reason you hired your agent. Let them handle the showings and open houses and make yourself scarce. Innocent questions from potential buyers can cost you in the long run. If they ask, “Who cleans your chimney?” you’ll have to admit that you haven’t had it cleaned in the last 10 years.
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