Top Tips For First Time Home-Sellers Brought To You By Listing Pro Realty
Many first time home-sellers don’t understand the key factors that go into putting your house on the market, here is a quick run through of what you need to know!
THE PRICE IS RIGHT: First, look at where you live, look at your neighbors home, and the house down the block. Of course your house is #1, but be realistic for a moment and take inventory of homes that are comparable to your own. No one is going to be even stopping by your open house if it is listed at $100,000 more than the same 4 bedroom cape up the road.
MAKE A GAME PLAN: So now that you have decided to put your house up for sale, are you going to be downsizing or can you afford to move on up? How much can you afford to put towards your next home? You need to ask yourself key questions, like what happens if your existing house doesn’t sell before you find your next home? Can you afford to put a down payment and wait? Pull out the bank statements and your families financials and make a plan. I find many times my clients begin to get frustrated when they are stuck in limbo, if they didn’t already have a realistic game plan in place.
GET A SOCIAL LIFE: That is on the weekends of course! You need to allow access to your home during prime “Open House Times” this typically is on Saturdays & Sundays in the early-to-late afternoon. If the seller is always home, this most certainly turns off potential buyers because they cannot be honest with the showing agent. Do you really want to hear the nitty-gritty details on how your master bath looks so “outdated” or how they would never pick that golden rod tone for the kitchen after you brought 17 paint samples to get it just right. Now that the weather is getting nicer, take the family and head out for the day!
Clean, Deep Clean Then Do The Once Over: As soon as you decide its time to sell, this is when you should immediately pull out the mop, broom, vacuum, sponges, whatever is necessary to get your house looking in tip-top shape. Get those red cups off the counter when you get your house professionally photographed ( yes, I said professionally! iPads, iPhones, even some fancy Nikons don’t do the trick like a pro). You want your house to sell right? Well first impressions are lasting and no one wants to buy a house that looks like a frat party just look place in it. If necessary, I would also suggest getting a professional to come in to steam the drapes, carpets & tiles just to give an extra punch of cleanliness and get rid of any residual smells.
Add-Ons Up Front: Are you okay with leaving some furniture behind, backyard items? If so, let your realtor know up front everyone likes a few perks thrown in. Just make sure you are ready to part with your child’s first swing set because once it is offered up, it looks pretty bad to back out when the contracts are being drawn up.
Get The Best In Your Area: Real estate agent that is. You want to have a realtor that knows your community, that can flaunt your awesome town and all the great restaurants it has to offer, the great school district that your children would be attending. You also want a realtor that knows the importance of marketing your home in today’s market. Things have changed, most potential buyers are going to be finding your home on-line.You want an agent that uses social media to its fullest potential to get you a fast sell. Here at Listing Pro Realty we have our headquarters conveniently in Bohemia, Long Island. We have agents that have expertise in Nassau, Western Suffolk, & East End Long Island. With a second office in Brooklyn, we really complete your real estate needs! Call today (631) 656-6600 and check out our website by clicking here to find your next dream home!