Spring is here! The weather is clearing up, the snow is melted, and house shoppers are getting ready to buy. If you’re ready to sell, it’s a great time to do it. We’ve got a few tips to help you do it quickly:
1. Work with your neighbors
Your neighbors know the area better than anyone else and have the most invested in who moves in next door. Keep them in the loop. Consider hosting a friendly get together to let them see your home and spread the word that there’s a house for sale in the neighborhood. If you have another neighbor selling, suggest a joint open house, hosted on the same day. Instead of competing, work together to bring in traffic.
2. Sell your neighborhood
Your home is more than just a house. You have to sell the whole experience of living in your house, and that includes the neighborhood. Make sure marketing materials include neighborhood attractions and highlights, the things that make living where you do so desirable.
3. Remove the roadblocks
Be prepared to let people look at your home. If there are other homes popping up for sale in your area, and as the spring weather brings out shoppers, you may have impromptu requests for showings. Do your best to be flexible. If you turn down showing requests, those buyers may not come back to look at your property. Encourage impromptu showing requests by upping your curb appeal and drawing buyers in!
4. Stage your home
Once potential buyers get into your home, you want to give the best impression possible. Home staging will do that for you. Reduce clutter, including in closets, storage spaces and your garage. Move any furniture away from the windows and turn on lamps before showings to give a feeling of space and light. Depersonalize the home by removing photographs or personal effects so buyers can see themselves there. If you are updating with paint or window treatments, find out what’s trending for color and style to ensure the house looks up to date. Home staging will go a long way in making your home appealing to buyers.
5. Price it right
Home pricing is not personal. It’s based on comparable properties in your neighborhood, the condition of your home, and many other factors that a good real estate agent can help you work out. You may be competing with a lot other homes in your neighborhood, and if you’re priced too high, price and all those neighborhood attributes will just be working in your competition’s favor.
6. Be creative
Once your house is on the market, that doesn’t mean you’re done working on the listing language. Review the language every couple of weeks and make changes or additions as needed. You don’t want your listing to look stale or uninspired. There’s no reason you can’t go back and add in some flair, update your brochures or add in information that might help you sell.
7. Stay positive
Your buyer is out there. Inventory is low and the spring season is just getting underway. Don’t let the fact that your neighbors house sold first discourage you. Be glad the competition has been removed. Continue to do make any necessary updates or repairs on your home, even after you’ve listed. Make sure you’re marketing your home to its full potential, and don’t be afraid to evaluate and change your strategy.
It’s a great time to sell! If we can be of any help selling or buying a home, we’d love to answer your questions!