Selling your home can be a long and stressful process. There are so many things to prepare for the sale, and you may not even know where to start! Properly preparing your home before you sell it can make a huge difference not only to the sales process itself, but also to how successful you are at selling your home – and what you’ll get for it.
If you are selling your home, we’ve got a list of do’s and don’ts to follow and simplify the process, backed by real estate agents. Find out more below!
Do: Find a Good Real Estate Agent
Finding a good real estate agent is important to help get your home sold fast. They can be a huge help in getting the process going, and if you do it right, they can make sure you will get a fantastic price for your property.
Real estate agents have knowledge of the area and can provide you with quality tips and advice on how best to manage your sale. Their expertise ensures you don’t get blindsided or encounter any unexpected issues. They can also help you get a better price for your property – as well as help you find your next home!
Don’t: List Your Home Without an Agent Present
It may seem tempting to list your home for sale without a real estate agent, but it is not the best course of action. A good real estate agent can help you sell your home much faster and for much more money. The only way to truly know how much money your home will get for is to talk with a professional who knows what they are doing.
Do: Price Your Home Competitively
Pricing your home competitively doesn’t mean that you should price it too low; you don’t want potential buyers thinking there’s something wrong with it! But pricing it lower than the rest of the properties in the market – say 10-15% less than comparable homes – could draw attention to your listing and spark interest from possible buyers. Don’t set an unreasonably high price either, as this could scare buyers away and cause your home to sit on the market for longer than necessary.
If you are unsure about what your home is valued at, its current market value, you can have it professionally appraised by a reputable property appraiser – like those you can find at Define Property Agents. Their knowledge and expertise can help you set a fair and reasonable price for your home.
Don’t: Ignore Maintenance Issues
If there are any maintenance issues with your home, you need to take care of them before you list it for sale. Ignoring these issues will only lead to bigger (and more expensive) problems down the road. Buyers will be sure to inspect your property, so it’s best to take care of everything beforehand. This includes fixing broken fixtures, painting over any peeling paint, and repairing any damage to the property.
Do: Clean and Stage Your Home
A clean and staged home looks much better to potential buyers than a messy one. Spend some time cleaning every nook and cranny in your home, both inside and out. Make sure there are no dirty dishes in the sink or clothes strewn about the house, and make sure it smells nice too!
Staging your home involves preparing it for sale by making it look presentable to would-be buyers. This means decluttering any unnecessary clutter from rooms throughout your home – especially areas like the kitchen, living room, office, etc. Add a vase of fresh flowers on a countertop here and there to add a pop of color too.
Don’t stage it so bare that you only have furniture pieces that would never be found in someone’s home; instead opt for what you think potential buyers may want to see when they come through your doors.
Don’t: Neglect Your Home’s Curb Appeal
Curbing your home’s appeal means making sure it looks as good as possible from the curb. Make sure your lawn is well-maintained and weed free, and plant some flowers alongside your front walkway.
If you have a nice porch or deck, make sure they are clean and free of cobwebs and grime. Don’t try to hide any problems that could be viewed by buyers when they come to look at it – potential buyers don’t want a home with problems they won’t know about until after they purchase it! Let your real estate agent handle this for you if you’re unsure how to proceed, but whatever you do: Don’t neglect your home’s curb appeal.
Let Define Property’s Agents Help You Sell Your Home
As you can see, a lot goes into the selling of a home. It requires research, an understanding of the property market, an idea of what your home is worth, and a good network to start sealing the deal. Most homeowners don’t have this tool-set on hand – which is why they call Define Property Agents!
Define Property is a reputable real estate and property management agency with a great reputation on the Sunshine Coast. Friendly, compassionate, and dedicated, their team can help you make the most of your home’s sale. Contact them for assistance today.