Ready to sell your home? Then get ready to go to work! The truth is, selling can sometimes be painful. This is a competition you want to win, so you must be willing to put in the time and effort required to get your home in top selling shape!

Here are our top 9 tips for sellers who want to get the best price for their home.

  1. Choose the Right Realtor®
    Find a realtor you feel comfortable with and will be able to trust. Ask friends and family members for referrals. For guidelines on how to choose a Realtor® from the National Assocation of Realtors®, click here.
  2. Agree Upon Expectations
    Before you list your home, discuss your marketing expectations with your Realtor® and ask what they feel is the best marketing strategy. Come to an agreement as to the plan for the first 30 days.
  3. Trust the Realtor® You Choose
    Don’t hold back any information from your agent. Tell your Realtor® everything you know about your home and be sure to give an accurate picture of your situation and expectations. If you don’t do this, the process may take longer and you may suffer disappointment along the way.
  4. De-Clutter, Discard, and Organize
    Be ruthless! Start donating, giving away, or selling items that you no longer need or use. Not only will it ensure you don’t move unnecessary ‘stuff’, it will also help you clear away clutter and make your house as presentable as possible for potential buyers.
  5. Think Like a Buyer
    Perform an inventory of your home with your Realtor®. Look at your home as though you are a picky buyer. Write down what needs cleaning, repairing, replacing, etc. and then do it!
  6. Avoid Surprises
    Give great consideration to having an inspection done in advance to avoid and ‘surprises’ after a contract is accepted. Doing so may spare you money in the long run.
  7. Price Competitively
    Have your Realtor® analyze data and trends and price your home competitively based on that research. Be realistic about the pros and cons of your house when you are deciding on a price.
  8. Give Buyers and Realtors® Space
    Lets other Realtors® and buyers tour the house on their own—following and trying to ‘sell’ can be a turn-off for many people.
  9. Put Your Best Foot Forward
    Perhaps the most critical daily task is how you leave your home looking each day for showing. Be ready to accept visitors all the time. Have lights on or curtains open, play light music, ensure beds are made, bathrooms and kitchens are clean, and the yard is neat and free of debris. Fresh flowers are a nice touch!

For more personal assistance and guidance, please contact us to discuss your needs.