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10 Great Home Selling Tips
Tip 1 – First Impressions First
First impressions are always important when selling a home because you only get one. Curb appeal is seen first. Spruce up the front yard, driveway, sidewalk, front doorway and entryway. The next first impression happens when people open up the front door to go inside. Make sure that there are no bad smells and that the entry hallway is bright and spotless.
Tip 2 – Keep it Clean and Tidy
A clean and tidy home is a loved home. Buyers should see that the home is loved. This should be a very basic requirement. Very few people will be attracted to any home that is dirty and in a state of disarray. Spend time getting the home in order to show and keep it this way for all showings.
Tip 3 – Kitchen First
Keep the kitchen spotless. The paint, appliances, and the hardware should look new. For most people the kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the home. It needs to be appealing and show like new. This is where food is prepared so ensure that it does not give off any indication that it is dirty.
Tip 4 – Remove You from the Home
Depersonalize. Remove your personal items so that the buyers can see themselves living there. Buyers are there to look at your home and to imagine their things and themselves in it. Remove all distracting personal items for the time that the home is being shown to others.
Tip 5 – Freshen it Up
Stick to quick fixes & minor upgrades. Focus on paint, touch ups and new hardware. Replace worn out items with ones consistent with the asking price of the home. With some elbow grease and a small monetary investment your home can be taken to the next level of appeal. Spend some time doing this to show that you maintain your home.
Tip 6 – Conceal Fido and Fluffy
Take Fido and Fluffy to the pet sitter. Remove any evidence of their feeding and sleeping area and eliminate any pet odours. While many people have pets there are also many people who do not have or do not like pets. Do not have yours create a problem for the sale of your home.
Tip 7 – Find a Tech Saavy Agent
Find an agent who has expert knowledge of the local market and who is effective in using social media and modern internet marketing methods. Buyers are online. While sellers may like to see their homes in print, most buyers are not reading print ads to look for homes. Who does not have either a tablet or a smart phone with which to search for homes?
Tip 8 – Brighten it Up
Brighten up the home with natural lighting and home lighting. Open drapes, clean windows and turn on all lights. A dull drab home with poor lighting does not present a good impression to potential buyers. Brighten up the home to have it show its best.
Tip 9 – Tidy up Personal Areas
Create some space and tidy up personal areas like master bedroom closets. Buyers will look at this personal his and her area. Yes buyers do look in these areas so make sure you pay attention to them. Do not assume that because a closet door is closed that buyers will not open it and look inside.
Tip 10 – The Price Needs to be Right
Price is important in all markets but price to the current market to get the most out of your home. Every market has a market price for every home. Ensure that you do not over price for the current market. If you do not get any showings this is a warning sign that your price is too high. Getting showings but no offers also should send a similar signal. At the end of the day price is what it almost always gets down to.
Selling a Comox Valley Home
Selling a Comox Valley home can pose different challenges. Selling a home is not like selling something like a car. Why? Because different laws apply to real property and these laws change and get updated on a regular basis. For example, when you sell a Comox Valley home you must, by law, disclose all know latent defects in your home and on your Comox Valley property. If you do not know what a latent defect is, perhaps you are in need of a professional Comox Valley realtor who is required to be knowledgeable on these and many other issues affecting real estate.
What Home Sellers Need to Know
Comox Valley Home Sellers, do you:
- Have a good working knowledge of current real estate law?
- Have a good working knowledge of current contract law?
- Have a good understanding of the current real estate market conditions so that you can address the “List at what price” question?
- Understand what is meant by market value and how it may differ from appraised value?
- Understand the complete real estate selling process and MLS ® reciprocity?
- Understand what is meant by “buying” a listing?
- Know how to effectively market a home and 21st Century marketing methods?
- Have professional real estate networks?
If the answer is no to any of these, you need a professional real estate agent to list your home.
Comox Valley Sellers Top 5 Mistakes – Do Not Make Mistakes Selling Your Home!
Many times, the Sellers Top 5 Mistakes have led to a home not selling. Selling your home is not for amateurs. You need a selling agent. This Comox Valley hone sellers info points out that many mistakes have been made that resulted in the loss of a sale. Hire a professional who understands the agent role and who has the expertise to help you sell your home. Is it worth the risk of having it not sell?
Comox Valley home sellers can and do make mistakes when they go to sell a home. Have you ever wondered what the top 5 mistakes are? Watch this video demonstration to get a sense of them and then contact me if you would like to discuss others made by sellers that may result in the home not getting sold.
To recap the Comox Valley Home Sellers Top 5 Mistakes from what you saw on the video:
1. Incorrect Pricing of Your Home – Price to Sell!
2. Not Preparing the Home for Sale.
3. Effective Marketing – Online & Traditional.
4. Hiring the Wrong Agent.
5. Failing to agree on important details for the sale before getting an offer.
Incorrectly pricing a home when you list can result in no offers, or worse, no showings. The degree to which this is important can vary according to the location of, and conditions within, the local real estate market. Pricing high in a buyer’s market in a small market area can be especially problematic. If you do this your listing can become stale quickly and it may no longer draw interest even if you reduce the price at a later time. Know the market value of your home when you list.
The preparation and subsequent presentation of a home can have a significant effect on whether or not it will sell. There are many different elements to this aspect of marketing a home. Talk to Brett about how to do this for increased success.
Effective marketing can often be critical to selling a home. You may get lucky and somebody will drive by and see the sign on your lawn, ask to see the home and subsequently present an offer. While this does happen once in a while, it is not common. Selling a home in a buyer’s market can be challenging and it often takes considerable marketing for success. Understand what works in your local market and spend your time productively when marketing. For example, if print ads do not sell homes in your local market why use them? The money may be better spent in other more productive areas. While a seller may like to see their home in print in a glossy magazine, the ad may be worthless if it is not where buyers are looking.
Hire the right agent. All agents are different and they come with different levels of experience and skill sets. Make sure that they will have time for you and that they have your interests at heart. How many times in the past have you heard not to mix business and pleasure. Have you ever hired an agent merely because they were a friend? What would happen if something bad went wrong during the real estate transaction?
Real estate transactions are about more than money. Transaction dates and other terms and conditions can also be important. Think about and know what is important to you so that when you do get an offer, you are ready to deal with it successfully.
These Top 5 Mistakes are only a few of the mistakes that may afflict a seller.
Contact Brett to Sell your Comox Valley home
Brett knows that choosing a real estate agent is a personal and important decision. Aim High for Peace of Mind.
Selling a Comox Valley home, among a number of other things, takes time and exposure on the market. While many things can be done to help sell a home, there are a number of mistakes that have been made that resulted in the loss of a sale. To avoid these mistakes, start by hiring a professional who understands the real estate agent role and expertise to help you sell your home. Is it worth the risk of having it not sell? Brett has 40 years experience as a professional. As a real estate agent, he understands the local market well and he spends a great deal of time keeping current.
Brett has successfully SOLD homes ranging from mobile homes to those over $1 million. The next time you need an award winning Realtor to sell your home, contact Brett