Wow! We were really impressed with the positive feedback we received from our recent Top Ten list providing the most important considerations homebuyers must understand. Not surprisingly, there were several readers who asked if we could lend some equally insightful tips for those considering selling a home. Well, here at Coldwell Banker Innovations, we pride ourselves on giving straight advice to all things real estate related—so, without further adieu, let’s take a look at the process from the other perspective, that of the seller!
Top 10 Tips All Home Sellers Must Understand
10.) Get A Handle On Your Emotions
One of the most difficult challenges homeowners face when listing their house is the fact that your home holds special memories for you and your family. It can be very hard to place a price on all the warm and fuzzy feelings you have regarding your home, but keep in mind, you’re not selling those emotions, you’re selling the brick, mortar, shingles and wood. You must understand that buyers aren’t purchasing your memories; they’re buying a dwelling in order to make their own.
9.) Include Your Appliances In The Sale
Here’s a practical tip to help you sell your home quicker than expected—include your appliances in the deal! Ask any buyer and they will tell you, just the simple fact that they won’t have to invest in a new refrigerator, washer & dryer, dishwasher or stove can really go a long way in making your house more attractive. After all, you’re moving to a new property, and chances are you really won’t need to bring these appliances with you; or, if you will need these items, purchase them new after the sale. On a related note, if your appliances have seen better days, there are a variety of warranties available for purchase that you can include for the buyer, giving them peace of mind that their products will be covered, eliminating any surprise expenses.
8.) Get Rid Of That Junk!
Most likely you already know this one, but it’s important that we provide a brief refresher on the topic: get rid of all your junk! Not only will donating your unwanted clothing and all those old boxes of “stuff” to charity make your home seem more spacious, it will make moving day that much easier.
7.) Provide Visitors With Inspection Results Before An Offer
Not every buyer may agree with this concept, but when the goal is to sell your home quickly; it’s something you really should consider. In the big picture, providing potential buyers with the results of termite, radon, plumbing and electrical inspections can help solidify the fact that purchasing your home is a wise choice.
6.) Your Home Includes The Outside As Well
Everyone knows a properly staged home can help make your listing more appealing, but what about the outside of the house? All too often, sellers focus only on the various rooms inside the house, but the exterior is just as important. Paint that porch, stain that deck and pull those weeds! We’ve all heard about the importance of curb appeal, and yes, it’s true—you only get one chance at a first impression!
We’re just about out of space this week, but make certain to bookmark the Coldwell Banker Innovations blog and return soon to discover what tips made their way into the Top Five! Until then, if you’re considering selling your home, feel free to contact us! Coldwell Banker Innovations is here to provide all the assistance you’ll need to sell your home quickly, easily and at the right price. Call us at 301.745.1500 and one of our talented, seasoned agents will help you through the process of selling your home!