by Office Staff
on Tuesday, August 13th, 2013 at 1:46pm.
Even if you’re a seasoned pro when it comes to selling real estate, there are little tips and tricks you may not be aware of that can bolster your property and get you the best price in the shortest amount of time.
Plus, with the market as good as ever here in Southwest Florida, this is the perfect time to get the ball rolling on selling your home. This process still requires effort, though, so read on to see how you can get a step ahead of the competition and sell your home fast:
Create a to-do list, and follow it
Selling a home is the type of process that can seem incredibly daunting at first, mostly because of all the small tasks it requires. You can avoid being overwhelmed by creating a to-do list for yourself and following it strictly. Include things such as meetings with your real estate agent and chores that need to be completed prior to an open house, then cross them each off as they are done. Seeing the list get shorter and shorter will boost your confidence and make the process go by more quickly.
Don’t skimp on the open house
This is the first chance a prospective buyer will have to see your new home in person, so it’s important you create a perfect first impression. Make sure the yard is properly maintained, clutter is cleaned up from outside, and the interior is tidied up (but still looks lived-in) – and for good measure, bake some cookies and offer them to guests. They’ll be in a good mood, and the scent of baked goods will create a pleasant aroma throughout your home.
Utilize multiple appraisers
A very important part of selling your home is getting it accurately appraised – this will give you a starting point from which to price your home. Now, there are countless ways of getting your home appraised (even on the internet) but nothing beats the hands-on approach of having an actual person tour your home and you their best professional opinion. Still, your home’s value can vary, so take advantage of multiple sources in order to pinpoint a number that is as accurate as possible. Too high, and you might not get any offers; too low, and you’ll likely lose money. Finding the sweet spot using several appraisals can eliminate this risk and get you offers more quickly.
Similarly, market your home in many ways
A long time ago, all you could use to advertise your home was an ad in the newspaper and a sign on your lawn. Now, you can get your home’s info out to thousands of people (and sometimes more) in just seconds. Between social media, real estate websites, newspaper ads and more, you should be able to get your home noticed on the market in no time. Talk to your real estate agent about this, as he or she should be well-versed in this modern real estate marketing.