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Little Things That Make a Big Impression on Buyers
It doesn’t take much to ruin a buyer’s impression of a home.
Take an otherwise appealing house and add peeling paint, a leaky faucet, and dirty dishes in the sink, and suddenly the buyer crosses that property off his list. Just as minor imperfections can turn off a buyer, a few small actions by you can make your home seem even more appealing.
Fix conspicuous problems
If you can’t afford to remedy all the problems with the house, at least fix obvious ones. A buyer will notice the rotten porch railing or cracked window pane on a casual walk-through.
Show the owner’s manuals
Sure, everything’s available online, but you still need to know the model number of your oven, dishwasher, and microwave when something breaks. Showing buyers that you’ve kept that information suggests that you’ve taken care of other things related to the house.
Make an effort outside
Short grass makes bare patches less obvious, and a few bags of mulch around trees and in flower beds can work magic on an otherwise lackluster yard. Add in a planter of colorful flowers by the front door, and you’ve added significantly to your curb appeal.
A little effort goes a long way with buyers, so ensure your home makes a great first impression.
Whether you’re selling your home for the first time or the fifth, your goals stay the same: Attract buyers and secure a good sales price. Take these simple steps to reach your home-selling goals.
Price it Right
A REALTOR® can access reliable market data to help you determine the right price for your home. And when your home is priced properly for the market, you will get more interest from buyers. A home priced too low for the market may mean a quicker sale, but it also means you’ll be missing out on extra cash. Finding the sales price sweet spot is how you’ll meet your goals.
Make it Look Nice
You might be surprised at how many sellers don’t de-clutter or make basic repairs before listing their home. Even in a seller’s market, buyers won’t make it past your listing photos if they are less appealing than others. Simple changes—like potted plants on the porch and a new coat of paint for the front door—can help make your home more marketable. Talk to your REALTOR® about what appeals to buyers in your market.
Be Flexible About Showings
A REALTOR® will try to accommodate your schedule, but you should be realistic about having potential buyers see your home. Weekend and evening showings are helpful for prospects with a 9-to-5 job. And if your area attracts people relocating, they might only be in town for a few days with a compressed schedule. Most important: Give buyers space. It’s hard to get a feel for a property when an anxious seller is following you around during a showing. Your REALTOR® can help you meet buyers’ showing expectations.
A REALTOR® can help you market your home effectively to attract buyers and secure a good sales price.
3 Ways Sellers Can Make a Good Impression During a Showing
You may not be there in person, but what you leave behind for a showing can help your home make a good impression to potential buyers. Here are some tips to try.
Keep it squeaky clean. You may be saving money by cleaning your home yourself, but you might not be doing it as frequently or thoroughly as you should. Consider investing in a regular cleaning service while your house is on the market. You’ll stress less when your REALTOR® calls and says it’s time for a showing, and you’ll also help your home put its best face forward while its for sale.
Create a binder of property-related documents. Gather documents like utility bills, before-and-after photos of upgrades you’ve made, and other pertinent property resources a potential buyer would find informative. You don’t have to get very fancy; a simple three-ring binder with plastic page protectors will do the trick.
Share your home’s charm. Think about creative ways to showcase some of the nice details of your home. For instance, pick a few flowers or vegetables from your garden and place them in plain view with a note explaining where they came from. Or share some baked goods with recipe cards and a note mentioning how they were prepared in your gourmet kitchen.
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First-time sellers beware: there are lots of myths out there about the right way to sell your home. While your Texas REALTOR® is your first line of defense against making these mistakes, here are three common selling myths busted:
Myth: I’ll sell my home on my own and save money by not using a real estate agent.
Truth: Texas REALTORS® don’t work for free, but that’s because they provide valuable assistance through the home-selling process. A REALTOR® can help you reduce your risk of making a costly selling mistake and are plugged into your local housing market. If you DIY, that means you’ll have to spend time marketing your home adequately, be available to show the home, and navigate your way through a tricky transaction alone.
Myth: If I price my home higher than market value, I’m leaving room for negotiations.
Truth: Buyers have no idea this is your strategy and won’t understand why your price is too high. Many won’t even view your home if it’s priced too high, much less put in an offer. An improperly priced home is also more likely to sit on the market, making potential buyers think there’s something wrong with it. And when that happens, you’ll probably end up with lower offers than if you’d priced the property correctly from Day One.
Myth: I’ll mow the lawn and hide my stuff and my home will be ready to show.
Truth: Is a mowed lawn and hidden clutter all it takes to attract you to a home? It won’t work for potential buyers of your property, either. Your Texas REALTOR® might go through your home with you and identify areas that could use some sprucing up to make your home more appealing. Or, he or she might recommend working with a home stager to make the best impression. Be open to those suggestions … your Texas REALTOR® knows what makes a property sell quickly for top dollar. Call us today and we can help you get your home ready to sell and for the best price!
When you’re getting ready to list your home, you want to make sure any changes or renovations are going to give you a return on your investment by making your home more appealing to potential buyers. But what, exactly, are the things buyers are looking for?
According to Zillow’s 2017 Consumer Housing Trends Report, there are a few clear winners when it comes to upgrading your home to make it more appealing to sellers. According to the report, 62% of buyers require a home has air conditioning before they make a purchase. And while the perfect kitchen and an energy efficient home aren’t exactly “needs” for most buyers, they do rank high on their list of “wants” (at 48% for both).
If you’re thinking about making changes to your home in order to generate more interest from buyers, your money would be best spent installing central air. Improving your kitchen and making your home more energy efficient come in a close second.