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10 Clever Tips for First Time Home Sellers

July 15 2018
by Leisl Bailey

Tips first time home sellers

10. Price Your Home Well

If you’re like most home sellers, you’ve got a deadline you’re aiming for when you list your home for sale. To make that deadline, you’ll need to list your home for the right price. Discovering the “sweet spot” takes some work, however. You’ll want to complete a comparative market analysis (CMA) on the house. This will help you compare your home to other similar homes in the area to see where yours fits in price-wise. You’ll also want to take a look at similar homes on the market, paying attention to the length of time they were on the market and how much they fell in price.

 

 

9. List at the Right Time

It’s no secret that the housing market changes. You’ve probably seen a bunch of for sale signs during the spring and summer, but less during the cooler months. That’s because houses tend to sell at a higher price during the warmer months when people are looking for homes before the school season starts. Those looking in the cooler months are typically relocating for a job or have a similar reason for moving. The right time to list depends on the area and neighborhood, as well as the season.

 

8. Increase Curb Appeal

First glances matter, and not just in chick flicks. If your yard could use a bit of extra lovin’, there’s no time like the present. Be sure to keep the hedges and grass trimmed, the front porch swept, and remove items that don’t belong. Additionally, if the siding on your house is damaged or coming off, now is probably the time to replace it. Issues like the siding and the roof being damaged are red flags for inspectors and is for would-be sellers as well. Taking the time to fix those things now will bring more interested parties to your doorstep and help you get closer to your asking price.

 

7. Staging for Success

 

A clean house is always the priority when showing potential buyers, but a staged house really takes the cake. Staging the main rooms (especially the kitchen!) really helps people see themselves living there. Make sure you check out the best ways to stage your house to make sure you don’t go overboard.

 

 

6. Update Wisely

Fixing up damage and cleaning up the interior and exterior is a must for getting a good price on your home. Many first time home sellers go overboard and update too much, however. If your house is pretty outdated, some paint on the cabinets and new countertops in the kitchen and bathroom goes a long way. If you want to go the extra mile, replace the flooring and add a stainless steel appliance for an instant updated look. Don’t focus too much on replacing doors, knocking out walls, or adding a water feature, however. These things cost money upfront that you may never see back in your pocket. Stick to the big items, and just tidy up the rest.

 

 

5. Be Ready to Show

When listing your house, you’ve got to be ready for a showing as soon as you get the call. It is a bit of a hassle, but make sure to keep clutter off of surfaces, keep the sink free of dishes and the house smelling fresh. You also want to make sure to keep the floors vacuumed and swept and take the pets out with you while your home is being shown. It may be irritating, but it won’t be forever– especially when the potential buyers can feel right at home in the space.

 

4. Be Flexible

Selling a house requires some patience and flexibility, and it helps if you have both! You will probably have to drop everything and dash so someone can walk through your house, you will have to deep clean, and you will probably need to bend to some of the buyer’s demands. It’s all part of the package, and being flexible, to begin with will keep the process running as smooth as can be.

 

3. Plan Aheadfirst time home sellers

Planning is essential to keeping your head during a sale. Make a timeline for each of the projects that need to get done before you list your home. Keep the house clean, so you are not rushing about when you get the call for a walkthrough. Know when open houses are going to be held, and follow up with your real estate agent about them. If you plan on purchasing a new house, make sure you can close or have somewhere to go by the time the new owners move into the home you are selling. It is also a humdinger of an idea to schedule the moving van in advance. You don’t want to be stuck on a deadline with no van to help you transport your items! Plan these things as far in advance as you can to relieve any potential stress.

 

2. Define Your Goals

Goals really are the way to obtain success. When you begin to think about selling your house, establish why you are selling and determine how that affects your listing price. If you need to get out of the home rather fast, pricing your home aggressively would be in line with those goals. If you want to get the most amount of money out of the property that you can check with a real estate professional about what you can do to increase the value of your home. Create a general list of goals upfront and watch as things fall into place as you cross them off your list one by one.

 

1 Find a Great Real Estate Agent

 

It’s true. There are other ways of selling your house than with a real estate agent. And you may have all the time in the world to try to sell it yourself, but should you? Finding a great real estate agent means you now have fewer things to worry about: marketing your home, preparing the paperwork, and listing your home on the market. These things may seem small, but they really add up when you are dashing around trying to get everything else ready for the sale.

 

A major setback to finding a great real estate agent is that most people also want to save money. Although finding a top agent and saving money seems mutually exclusive, it is not. There are some agents that are not only the top agents in your area, but they are also some of the lowest priced. They are called discount agents, and not all of them operate the same. You want to find a full-service agent that will list your home for a mere 1% or less, and give you the service you deserve. Finding one may be more difficult than calling up the agent you used to buy your first house, but they will more than makeup for it.

 

Need help finding a great discount agent? Look no further. Clever uses the top agents in your area– and every single one of them works for a flat rate of $3,000 or 1% if your home sells for more than $350,000. Call us today at   1-833-2-CLEVER or fill out our online form to get started.

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