Buying your first home is always so exciting. There’s nothing to sell! There’s just your belongings to pack up and go with you into your new dream home. Selling, on the other hand, can feel a little more daunting. You’ve got to worry about handing off your current home before moving onto the next. Trust me, I get it. And I have a few tips to help you on your way!
- Hire a real estate agent. Yes, I know I am one and you expect me to say this, but really, do it. It’s our job to make the buying and selling experiences easier for you, so lean on our expertise! We’ve taken hours of classes and know the process in and out. Hiring an agent will help you with everything from staging to marketing, showings to closings. I promise.
- Take a step back from your home. When it’s time to sell, it’s time to try to detach yourself a bit. Packing away some of the items that personalize it can help — think family photos, favorite collections, etc. When you can somewhat detach yourself emotionally, it can make negotiations a lot easier.
- Price it right. Detaching yourself emotionally also helps in this area. Make sure that you set the price reasonably for your home and location. Don’t factor in all the great times you’ve had or the awesome neighbors next door. I understand they are invaluable. But when it comes to pricing your home, stick to the facts and have your agent complete a market analysis. It’s the best strategy for pricing to sell.
- Spruce it up. Before you list your home, do any upgrades or repair projects that you can. Updated kitchens and baths, new floorings and fresh paint are all great selling points and are worth the investment. And make a list of those minor (and major) repairs that should happen before listing. Fix everything from squeaky doors to leaking faucets.
- Master curb appeal. Many of your potential buyers won’t bother to come inside if the outside isn’t enticing. Make sure your lawn is neat, landscaping is seasonal and colorful, and your entryway is clean and inviting. Your exterior can be the first impression, so make it a good one!
- Declutter. While you’re depersonalizing things, declutter all the knickknacks too. Pack away books, sit arounds and anything you don’t need for the next few months. The less you have in your home the bigger it seems and the easier it is for potential buyers to imagine themselves living there.
- Be open to offers. Sometimes it’s easy to be offended by low-ball offers, especially when you’re emotionally attached to your home. Try to remember that home sales aren’t personal — it’s business. Keep an open mind when offers come in. Yes, some offers could still be insulting even when you’re desensitized, but be open and flexible with your negotiations. It’s the best way to make the sale.
For more tips and support when selling your home, contact me! And when you list with me, I stage for free when we use your furniture! I’d love to partner with you on your next home buying and selling adventure.