1) Professional Assistance – real estate professionals provide:
a) Experience, knowledge and guidance in the entire process of selling your home.
b) Marketing resources and knowledge enhancing the best assets of your home.
c) Guidance in improvements to make the most difference in the sale price.
d) Suggestions of terms & conditions to make your home more attractive to buyers.
e) Offer list of other professionals required before and during closing.
f) Coordinate responsibilities of appraisers, loan processors, attorneys, & inspectors.
g) Assist in resolving any transaction difficulties for both buyer and seller.
2) Pricing – setting the right sale price is the most important decision:
a) Too low you miss out on a potential profit.
b) Too high will keep qualified buyers away and cause you to lose potential buyers.
c) Base asking price on other homes in your area.
d) Review recent sale prices of homes comparable to your house.
e) Real estate agents evaluate the competition and study market trends.
f) Real estate agents suggest marketing ideas more appealing to qualified buyers.
g) Evaluate your home – Valuation Request Form.
3) Staging – first impressions are important:
a) Your home should be clean, tidy and uncluttered. (Pets & pet signs out of site)
b) Kitchen and bathrooms should be spotless with fresh towels replacing used ones.
c) Furniture should be positioned giving an “open airy” appearance.
d) Use maximum natural sunlight to enhance each room.
e) Cloudy days or evenings all lights should be turned on.
f) Temperature in winter, heat should give a cozy feeling
g) Temperature in summer, a/c should be on or windows & doors open.
4) Renovations/Indoor – TLC shows your home has been maintained:
a) Invest in overdue upkeep.
b) Don’t over extend renovations, you may invest more than you receive in the sale.
c) Replace damaged fixtures, screens, leaking faucets.
d) Replacements & up-keeps should always stay in the style of your property.
5) Renovations/Outdoor – the exterior of your home is most important:
a) “Curb appeal” is essential.
b) View your home as potential buyers will.
c) Walk across the street and look carefully at your home’s presentation.
d) Colorful flowers and a carpeted green lawn is a warm inviting welcome.
e) Garden beds should be weeded and plants should be well watered.
f) Front door should be freshly painted and/or any damages repaired.
g) All windows especially in the front of your home should be clean inside and out.