Currently, Lakeland is in a seller’s market which, basically, means homes are selling fast and for a higher price. However, if you are having a bit of trouble selling your home, take a look at these 8 ways to sell your home faster.
The Price is Right!
All sellers want to get top dollar for their homes but many people tend to overestimate the value of their homes because it’s very personal for them. Price is typically the reason a house doesn’t sell and the last thing you want to do is list too high from the start. This could cause your home to sit on the market. If your home sits on the market for more than 4 weeks, prospective buyers are going to assume that there is something wrong with it. Your best approach is to listen to your S&D Real Estate agent’s listing price recommendation. All S&D Agents would welcome the opportunity to do a complimentary Home Value Report for you.
Even if the price is right, you may need to be a little flexible. So, if you receive an offer that is below list price, you should consider making a counter offer. Luckily, since we are currently in a seller’s market, most homes are receiving multiple offers which is driving up the price.
Cleaning is Essential
You want your home to look its best for showings. That might mean hiring a professional cleaner to do a deep and thorough cleaning of your entire home. You may even want to consider renting a storage unit to make the process of cleaning out the garage, closets, and attic easier. Plus, a clean house will make for great pictures and videos.
Speaking of Pictures…
We live in a world ruled by the internet and the very first impression that a buyer is going to have is going to be the online pictures. In fact, nearly 97% of all home buyers start their search online. Luckily for you, S&D Real Estate has a professional photographer on hand and available to take wonderful pictures and videos of your home.
When buyers walk into your home, you want them to see a blank canvas that they can make their mark on. So, limiting the amount of furniture and clutter in your home is always a plus.
Open houses are a great way to drive traffic to your home; however, you won’t want to stick around to see it for yourself. If the buyer knows that the seller is there, they might feel uncomfortable asking the listing agent honest questions about the home. People like to open closet doors and look closely at the home without someone hovering over their shoulder.
Showing Your Home
When selling your home, be prepared for little privacy. You will need to be flexible when buyers ask to see your home on short notice. Typically, our agents require at least 24-hour notice from a buyer’s agent to show a home, anything less than that is up to the seller.
As much as we love our pets, a prospective buyer may not. So, to be on the safe side, anytime you have a showing or open house, take all your pets with you. Also, be sure to avoid anything pet related (bowls, beds, toys, etc.) for pictures.
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