When it comes to selling your home, there are numerous things to remember throughout the process. While many things are quite obvious and well known, there are several procedures that you should definitely be doing in order to ensure a quick, smooth process. If you are disciplined to take the time and check these boxes, selling your home can be much easier than you think.
It should go without saying that curb appeal is by far one of the most important aspects in selling your home. Frederick Franks, a professional real estate agent out of Ocala, Florida, has first-hand knowledge from a sellers prospective.
“One of the first things that my customers look at when purchasing a home is the curb appeal,” Franks states. “Often times, a prospective buyer is hesitant to look further into the property if the curb appeal isn’t great.”
If you look at curb appeal from a buyer’s perspective, the importance of it will quickly set in. If you see a “For Sale” sign in the front yard of a home that doesn’t catch your eye from the street, are you likely to call for further details? Of course you aren’t.
There are many things that you can do to improve the curb appeal of your home. Many of these things are relatively quick and inexpensive. A fresh coat of paint goes a long way to freshen up any home. Adding strategic landscaping and replenishing current areas quickly adds perceived value to a home. Windows should be clean and neat. Even the finest of details such as driveway appearance are all evaluated upon the outside view of your home. Curb appeal is everything.
Getting the Word Out
Selling a home has changed tremendously over the last 15 years. The era of driving around neighborhoods and finding property for sale is essentially over. The new way of selling a home relies almost entirely on the internet. Even real estate agents in this day and age are showing clients homes via email, skype, and personal browsing.
The most important aspect of spreading the word on your home being for sale must go beyond the sign in your front yard. Communication with your real estate agent is the best avenue to go with in this regard. More than likely, your real estate agent has already put the home on their agency’s website and possibly on multiple other third party websites. Communication with your agent is paramount to ensure that the market is being properly targeted with your home.
Cleanliness Always Matters
Keeping your home completely clean while it is on the market is the most obvious selling strategy that exist. That being said, this is often one of the most neglected. The thinking is quite simple here. Would you want to buy a home that has an unpleasant odor the second you open the front door? Would you put an offer on a home that had stained carpets and sticky floors? The answer to these questions is a resounding no.
Quite simply, you will need to invest a bit of money to clean your home properly. Just running a vacuum over the carpet will not be enough to earn a passing grade for prospective buyers. Often times, professional cleaning of things such as carpets, tiles, bathrooms, and ceilings is recommended. This goes a long way to creating the right atmosphere for a prospective buyer to come through the home. If you home feels inviting, then chances are that the buyer will have a much more positive outlook throughout the process of checking out your home.
While we have talked about how important curb appeal is to a home, it is equally important to have the areas that aren’t seen from the street in tip top shape. The fact of the matter is that almost 80% of prospective buyers either have children or plan to have children within three years of purchasing a home. With children, the importance of a backyard increases enormously. If your home has a backyard that simply doesn’t make the cut due to presentation, then you are greatly lengthening the time your home will be on the market.
Your backyard should be neat and trimmed. Your entire yard should be mowed and trimmed consistently. If your yard is fenced, ensure that your fence is sturdy, painted, and even. Get rid of any hiding spots that exist in your backyard such as a brush covered areas or overgrown landscaping. While these things are simple to take care of, they are often put on the back burner for other items.
Spend Money to Make Money
While investing thousands of dollars into the sale of your home is not always a good idea, often times it pays to put some money into your home before it hits the market. The most important factor in buying a home to most people is budget. Everyone has a budget that is a factor with a major purchase like a home. That being said, the second that a buyer checks out your home, they are making their list of things that need to be fixed.
This list can have negative impacts on you in several ways. Many buyers will ask that the necessary repairs or changes be made for them to put an offer on the home. Other times, the buyer will pass on the home altogether due to the cost of changes going over their projected budget. Most of the time, however, the offer will be lower to factor in for these changes.
Investing around your home is quite simple. If you would want it fixed, than it should be fixed. Carpets should not be stained or torn. Windows should be sealed and undamaged. Doors should fit correctly in jams with proper spacing. There should never be any leaks to the water systems in the home. The roof should be undamaged and presentable. The list goes on and on. While making every single repair is often impossible and unnecessary, communication with your realtor on fixes that will turn you a profit at the end of the process is essential. For example, if replacing all of your carpet costs $2,000, but will put $3,000 of overall value to the home, then that makes a great investment.
Selling your home can be stressful and meticulous. It is important to always remember what would drive you to put an offer on a home. If you home lacks in one of these areas, then it is unfair to expect another buyer to come through and overlook that issue. Following these strategies will ensure that your home sells in an efficient manner. While the selling of your home can be a bit stressful, it can also be a truly rewarding experience.