Are you thinking of selling your home, but are daunted by the thought of not getting what you feel your home is worth? Or perhaps you fear your house will sit on the market for months on end with no reasonable bites and you will be forced to sell for less than you want. Well, have no fear, because in this blog post we have asked our team to share tips that they have personally seen successfully sell homes for more money and spend less time on market.
Hire a Realtor
Start by hiring a realtor! “Realtors get home sellers more money, bottom line!” – Dakri Bernard. According to the National Association of Realtors 2016 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, the average FSBO sales price was $185,000, while the average price from a home represented by an agent was $245,000. That is a huge $60,000 difference! Just imagine how you could use that extra money in the dream home you’re going to buy once you sell your current home! On top of that, homes that are sold that are represented by an agent spend a lot less time on the market. That means more money to spend decorating your new dream home, and getting into that dream home sooner, rather than later!
Stage Your Home
Staging your home is one sure way to get your home to sell quicker! Staged homes spend 73% less time on the market & sell for 10% more than unstaged homes according to The International Association of Home Staging Professionals. Here, at Dakri Bernard Realty Group we know how important this step is so we pay for a walk through staging consult for each and every home we list. This way we feel confident when we have showings we are going to turn out good results! This is a great time to get a head start on packing, because let’s face it, who actually likes packing, and moving? That’s right, didn’t think so. If you know you are not going to need it, and it’s just cluttering the house, pack it up to get it out of the way, and neatly organize it in boxes in the garage or a storage unit. This kills two birds with one stone, gets you a head start on packing, and makes the staging process especially easier!
“Take out your trash and pick up your dog poop!” – Nancy Zundel. First impressions are everything, and you never get a second chance at it. When a potential buyer walks up to your home, they will have an initial gut feeling, and we want to do everything in our power to make sure that feeling is one of comfort, welcoming, and homey. That being said – put some work into your front yard, keep the grass mowed, dog poop picked up, bushes trimmed, front porch swept, and the front door handle clean. Also, when a buyer walks into a home and there is a bad odor, it immediately sets the tone for how they feel about the rest of the home. So put a little work into your home now, to get more out of it when it comes time to sell.
Price Your Home Competitively
This is a huge one! When it comes time for the big show, the moment you list your home on the market – it is good to remember that most activity comes in the first couple weeks on the market, to take advantage of these crucial moments, make sure you price your home appropriately from the start. Chances are if you overprice your home, you will miss out on potential buyers that are hard to re-capture down the road. Consult with one of our wonderful agents to price your home accordingly to ensure less time is spent on the market, and you don’t walk away feeling like you left money on the table.
After reading these great tips, we hope we have helped shed some light on how to get the most out of your home, as well as worked up a bit of your confidence in making the move to sell your home and finally move to your dream home – after all, your friends down at Dakri Bernard Realty can walk you through the whole process and make it seem like a breeze. We have loads of free content on our site if you would like to learn more about the home selling or home buying process. Or you can always give us a call and we will be happy to assign one of our team members to work with you in this life changing journey that will finally land you in the home of your dreams.