Information for Sellers
As a Realtor, it’s important to me to help you sell your home in a timely fashion. One of the most vital aspects of selling real estate is learning how to disconnect from your home and view it as a profitable asset.
I know that as a homeowner, it is hard to look at your property objectively. I know, because Kevin and I sold the house that we spent 15 years of our lives in. We would look around and see all of the wonderful memories, while turning a blind eye to all of the flaws.
That’s where real estate agents come in handy. We see your home as a buyer would, and that is a good thing. If you let us, we can help you, but here are some helpful tips to help you through this.
1.) DISCONNECT: First, I find it easier to cope with all of this if you think of the the house as no longer yours. I know, I know, the deed says it is, but once that “For Sale” sign goes up, you need to separate yourself from the house. It will make it easier for everything else that I talk about in this post.
2.) STAGING: Staging is an important tool. It is important for you to accentuate your home’s assets, while diminishing its flaws. That’s not to say that you need to hide any flaws, just that you need to make the good things outweigh the bad. Sometimes, it’s better to hire a staging company to come in and do this for you. It can be hard to see the rooms arranged in a new way, and you also need to understand that a staged room does not have to function the way you want it to. That may mean that in your living room, most seats might not face the television set. Just remember, this is not your house anymore.
3.) CLEANLINESS: Please, please, please, remember to keep your house straightened up and the bathrooms and kitchen cleaned at all times! I can not tell you how many homes I have shown to buyers where the house is not clean and that does not go over well. If your house is a mess, buyers can’t see past that. It’s that simple.
4.) DE-CLUTTER: And while we are on the subject of cleaning...you are going to need to de-clutter. Many of us don’t think of our homes as cluttered, but only a select few of us are correct in that thinking. For instance; besides the ice and water dispenser, nothing belongs on your refrigerator doors. Nothing...nada...zilch. Not even a magnet. Family photos should also be removed, because potential buyers don’t want to see your family there; they want to see theirs. There’s more, but you get the point.
5.) FLEXIBILITY: You want to make it easy for buyers to see your house, so try to put as few restrictions as possible on when people can see the property. That means, if a prospective buyer wants to see your house at dinner time on a Tuesday night; you take the family out to a restaurant. Same holds true if they want to see your house on a Sunday morning. Your house is a “good” that you are trying to sell, and the prospective buyers may not be able to look at your house on your schedule. The reality is, they have their own schedule and they will quickly move on to another house that can be shown when they are available if you can not accommodate them.
Realtors can help you cut to the chase and share tips and tricks that will allow you to sell your house fast and for top dollar. While it can be emotionally challenging to disconnect from your current home, I can help make the process less difficult. After all, you’ve made the decision to sell and the longer a house sits on the market, the less people are willing to pay. So, let’s work together so you can move on to the next chapter in your life.
Contact me today to discuss your needs. I guarantee I will work hard to find the perfect buyer for your New Smyrna Beach or Edgewater home and assist you in finding the ideal property!
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