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Things to consider when selling a home
  • Why Hire an Agent?
    Studies show that sellers who use a real estate agent generally get a better price than those who choose to sell the home themselves. As an agent it is my job to stay up to date on the latest market trends and fluctuations. Utilizing an agent means no surprises during the selling process, as you will have latest information at critical junctures in the process. Let me put my experience to work for you to ensure you get the best price for your home!

  • Before Your Home is Listed
    Prior to listing your home, you’ll want to ensure everything is in good showing condition before buyers start to tour the home. Here are some important things to consider:

    • Start Packing
      Now is the time to put things in storage, clean out the basement and garage and start preparing to show your home. Remove any family photos or personal items. Remember, you want buyers to see themselves in your home!

    • Spot Paint
      Touch up both interior and exterior paint.

    • Update Flooring
      Clean or replace carpet in areas with heavy wear. Consider replacing with wood flooring.

    • Extra Cleaning
      Keep the interior and exterior clean and odor free.

    • Curb Appeal
      Trim any overgrown bushes, mow the lawn and keep it free of leaves and debris. Make sure the front of the home is clean and appealing. You want to make a strong first impression!

    • Find Potential Problems Early
      Once you’ve completed these steps you may consider repairing anything that is broken or not working. Buyers will be hiring professional inspectors too; this is your chance to find and address problems before it’s time to sell.

    • Light Fixtures

           Updating light fixtures is a very inexpensive way to update the look of the home.

  • Professional Staging
    Consider hiring a professional stager to help give buyers the emotional appeal they’re looking for. It's a proven fact that staged homes sell faster and for more money. This applies not only to vacant homes but for owner occupied properties as well. This is the number one recommendation I have for sellers - staging should get you a $3-4 return for every $1 spent.

  •  During the Listing Period
    Make plans to be out of the home during the open houses and private showings. Pricing your home correctly is super important and listening to your agent. The first offers that come in are typically the highest - don't wait to act on them in hopes of something better coming along. If you do not have any offers within the first 10 days, you may need to consider lowering your asking price in order to attract more buyers. Multiple offers typically create bidding wars which is a great thing for sellers. Listen to your agent who is in the field and studies homes and prices every day. 

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