by Shawn Clayton
on Friday, October 27th, 2017 at 11:03am.
Selling a home can be tough, but there are a lot of strategies real estate agents use every day to help move them off the market as quickly as possible. Here are six can’t-miss tips to help any home give the best first impression it can so it can go from “for sale” to “sold.”
Start With the Right Price
A home’s price is always important, but what many people don’t know is just how important it is to pick the right price from the beginning. Starting out too high and lowering it later on can set off red flags with buyers because it can make them think there was something wrong with the home that forced the owners to lower it later. And of course, pricing too low will make buyers think it’s too good to be true, so there must be something wrong with the home. Even in an oceanfront market this can make buyers walk away from the home, even in hot markets like Farmingdale.
Invest In Landscaping
A home’s first impression is through how it looks from the outside, and if the lawn is overgrown and the gardens are full of weeds, buyers are going to assume the rest of the home is just as much of a mess and move onto the next listing. To avoid this, make sure the home’s exterior looks neat and tidy, and this can be done in many ways. Here are a few:
Mow the lawn
Weed the garden
Paint the siding
Wash the windows
Prune trees and shrubs
Repair damaged fences
Even simple repairs can show that a home has been well-taken-care-of and boost its appeal to buyers.
Take High-Quality Pictures
Most people who see the home are going to do so through the internet, and this means the pictures on the listings are essential to draw people into coming to see the home in person. There’s no such thing as too many photos for an online listing, so try to capture all of the home’s best features to make it as appealing as possible.
Stage the Home
When showing a home, no seller wants the viewers to be more focused on the furniture choices than the actual home. Before anyone comes through the home, try to stage the home by depersonalizing it and taking down family photos and certificates so viewers can better imagine themselves living in the home.
Hide the Pets
Many people are allergic to or afraid of animals, so while showing the home, it’s a good idea to take dogs and cats to a friend or neighbor’s house for a few hours, or even to a kennel if the home is going to be especially busy for more than a day.
It’s also a good idea to take bowls, beds, toys, and all other pet supplies and put them away until after home showing. Some buyers are turned off by the idea of a pet living in the home because they can potentially cause damage. Keep obvious evidence of a pet out of sight so it won’t distract any potential buyers.
One of the worst thing homeowners can do during a home showing is hover around while buyers are trying to tour the home. When homeowners are in the home, it prevents viewers from having any sense of privacy to openly discuss what they do and don’t like about the home, and it can also make viewers feel like they need to leave as quickly as possible to prevent disturbing the homeowners. To prevent this, just leave the home during showings. Go out to eat, run some errands, go to the park—the options are limitless. Just don’t be home.
Selling a home can be hard work, but following these six strategies can help ease the stress. An experienced real estate agent will also be able to provide advice to sellers should they seek one out to hire.