SELLING YOUR HOME: FIVE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
Life’s new chapter could mean different things - one of those is wanting a new place. Before you can do that, you need to close the previous one by selling your current home. To help you, here are five things you need to know:
1. Choosing the right agent is essential.
The agent you’re looking for is an experienced, skilled, and consistent agent. They should be good negotiators, consistent in following up on prospective buyers, and able to use digital trends to help sell your home.
To pick the right agent, look for someone who is knowledgeable in your area. Look at how they do business at open homes and auctions. Interview each agent to clarify if they’re the one you’re looking for.
2. Figure out the right price.
You might want to sell your home for more than the price you bought it for; however, due to market changes and your property’s condition, the price will vary. To have a better view, ask your agent for comparables of actual sale prices in the last few months. These properties should be similar to yours, down to the number of bathrooms. This way, you can price your home better and more reasonably.
3. Coming up with the right marketing strategy is critical.
Once you have your agent by your side and the price settled, you need to work on the marketing strategy. What will you put in the listings? Will you use photos, videos, or both? How will you present your property to prospective buyers? Here are some pointers:
Have a professional photographer take pictures of your home - they will show your property in the best light and angle.
If you can, hire a videographer, too. Videos will give buyers a virtual tour of your home and a more interactive experience than photos.
Your listing should be clear and concise, without overloading details.
Utilise social media, aside from online listings. This way, you could reach more people.
4. Make sure that your property is A+.
Even though your listing and social media presence are phenomenal, these should be backed up with the real deal. Your home should be at its best come open house or auction day. Here are some of the things you need to pay attention to:
Repairs. Check for minor and major issues that need resolving around the house.
Refresh. Make your home look like new with a fresh coat of paint, new decor and the like. If you have the budget for a little renovation or hiring a property stylist, give it a go!
Curb appeal. The yard and sidewalk are the first things prospective buyers will see in your property - make sure that they’re well-maintained and neat. Remember, first impressions last.
Declutter and depersonalise. Make sure that your home is neat and free of unnecessary furniture. Also, take personal trinkets out of the way—you want the buyers to see themselves living in the house and them seeing personal things won’t help.
Accessibility. Your door should always be open to visits and inspections and of course, everything should be ready and in place.
5. Be organised.
In the course of selling your home, there will be so many things happening - marketing, inspections, open houses, legal process, and so on. Because of this, you need to be organised and prepared.
Keep a clear folder of all important documents such as certifications, receipts, agent contract, and the like. Make sure that they’re all up-to-date and ready at all times. You’ll never know when a sale can come through and don’t let that pass by just because your documents aren’t ready.
Selling your home could be a hard process, but it will be rewarding once you sign the settlement documents and move on to a new chapter in your life. If you need help in selling your home, don’t hesitate to reach out! We’re here to make the process easier, give us a call any time or leave us a message on social media.