This is not the housing market of yesteryear. You will need an experienced agent with the proper tools to navigate the turbulent selling waters of today’s market. Prestige Homes has personable, professional, knowledgeable and experienced full-time agents who are very familiar with our area and market. They will take the time to listen to your goals and reasons for selling.
Getting potential buyers in the door is important. If they are turned off during a drive by, you may have missed a great opportunity. Keep your lawn mowed and the landscape neat, mulched and weed free. Also, adding colorful annuals in pots or beds will create an immediate impact on passers-by and potential buyers.
Simple inexpensive touches such as painting, changing cabinet hardware and updating light fixtures will instantly freshen up your home.
If you have lots of deferred maintenance, unfinished projects or repairs to be done, you might want to just “bite the bullet” and do them. Thinking the buyer will want to do them after the purchase may not be the case. Most buyers do not have the time or money to spend on repairs, they just want to move in and get on with their lives. You should complete all the repairs and replacements that you would want if you were buying the house today.
If you are considering updating, put your money where it counts. Painting, new flooring, new appliances and new countertops are always good choices.
A good way to grab a buyer’s attention is to add some color to your front door. Painting the front door can give the perception of the whole house being painted.
When was the last time you cleaned the windows in your house? Get the Windex out! This is a simple inexpensive way to bring more light into rooms and make even older windows look new again. Wash curtain sheers. Clean your carpets. Dust shelves and ceiling fans. Counters, sinks, tubs, and appliances should sparkle. A light, bright and clean house will appeal to buyers.
We recommend home warranties. A free seller’s home warranty to use during the listing period or better yet, providing one for the buyer can save you a lot of headaches and money.
Staging your home will make your photos stand out from the crowd and improve your home’s chances of selling for the top dollar. Ask your professional for staging tips or how to hire a professional stager or about a free staging consultation.
Make sure each room is well defined. Showcasing the dining room as a dining room instead of the home office will be less confusing to buyers.
Put away personal items and photos. Buyers should be able to envision their own personal items and photos in the home.
Clean and organize closets, cabinets and the garage. Get rid of anything you don’t want or need. Rent a storage unit if you just can’t part with it.
You want buyers to feel right at home when they view the house. Before showing your home, fill the home with pleasing aromas by burning a scented candle or baking brownies or cinnamon rolls. Make sure your home’s temperature is comfortable. If it’s cold outside make sure it’s warm in your house. And if it’s a hot summer day, make sure the air is on. It’s best to arrange for pets to be elsewhere when your home is being shown. Pay attention to details: put away the kitty litter, toys, shoes and other things you tend not notice on a day-to-day basis.
So you have received an offer...
There are many factors to consider when presented with an offer. Price isn’t always the determining factor in choosing among multiple offers, for several important reasons: the initial offer is never final and there are a number of terms and conditions and contingencies that may influence the final outcome of a price. Trust your listing agent to help you thoroughly evaluate every proposal without compromising your marketing position.
Even though you have accepted an offer and have an executed contract – you still have to get to closing!
The buyer has the right to determine the condition of your property by subjecting it to a wide range of inspections, such as roof, termite/pest, chimney/fireplace, property boundary survey, well, septic, radon, pool/spa and mold. It is imperative to keep in mind that home inspectors work for the buyer and will turn every stone in their behalf. It’s very rare that an inspector does not find any issues. Be prepared to negotiate repairs. Your agent will walk you through the process.
Our agents always cooperate with selling and closing agents to facilitate a smooth closing.