I’ve been a full-time Realtor for over 18 years. I still find it surprising how fast the years have flown by. That being said, I have seen the good, bad, and the ugly when it comes to selling homes. And I’m not just talking about polarizing design choices. Selling your home can be easy if you go into the experience with an open mind. Selling your home and determining market value isn’t dictated by how much you need out of it or how much you heard your neighbor’s home sold for or based on prices of homes where you are moving
The true market value of your home is what a buyer is willing to pay for the property and various other factors. If you work with a marketing agent like myself, I guide clients through the whole process from decluttering, improvements and then marketing your home with traditional and modern methods to get it sold fast.
Here are some ways you can help your home sell faster:
1. Have Realistic Seller Expectations
The beauty of working with a marketing agent is that we can help you price your home according to market value. As much as you love your home or how much you paid for it originally, that has little impact upon the listing price. I value my clients’ time and care about delivering the best experience possible. I will be honest when it comes to pricing your home. Overpricing can lead to your home being on the market for far too long.
2. Declutter Your Home
I can’t stress this enough, if your home is cluttered or disorganized if will deter buyers. When people are home shopping they’re trying to picture their life in your home. Paint a pretty picture for them by decluttering and adding some finishing touches.
3. Have Professional Listing Photos
Image Credit: Harry Lim for PetaPixel
If your agent doesn’t have professional photos taken of your property (this is literally the bare minimum), fire them right away. These photos are a prime example of why professional photos are necessary. This house was on the market for 8 months. Once Harry Lim, photographed the house, it sold in 8 days. Can you believe that’s the same kitchen?
4. Don’t Make Eclectic Design Upgrades
When making upgrades to you home to increase the listing value, keep it classic and timeless. The crazier or more unusual a home design is, the harder it will make it to sell at market value. All potential buyers will see is another cost: renovation.
5. Don’t Be Overly Involved
Don’t hang around at your open house or private showings. It can make buyers uneasy. Let us your REALTOR do their job and represent you and your home. It will make the process go a lot smoother.
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