If you’re selling a home, you already have some experience buying in the real estate market.  That experience will come in hand.  But you may be new to selling and need some tips on how to go about it.  Here are some ways to make the selling process go more smoothly, selling more quickly, and selling for the most amount of money.

Boost Your Home’s Appeal

Before listing your home for sale, invest some time in preparing your home for showings.  The extra effort could improve your odds of receiving offers shortly after your home hits the market.  To help ensure your home sells as quickly as possible:

  • Make Repairs – normal wear and tear is to be expected.  However, when buyers see a lot of necessary repairs, even if they’re minor fixes, they may use these as bargaining chips.  Or worse, they may decide your home is too much work and walk away without making an offer.
  • Paint Where Needed – A fresh coat of paint can make your home pop and provide more curb appeal.  If you don’t have time to repaint your entire home, consider painting the front door and entry.  This is where first impressions matter.
  • Stage Your Home – According to Realtor.com, staged properties sell 88% faster and for 20% more than nonstaged properties.  Consider hiring a professional to help with staging.  Your real estate agent should be able to provide references for a reputable stager.  If you can’t afford to hire a professional, some quick tips include rearranging furniture, putting out fresh flowers, and cleaning up your lawn.

Understand the Importance of Marketing

When you list your home, the goal should not only be to sell the property, but to sell it for top dollar.  Effective marketing allows you and your real estate agent to accentuate your home’s unique features to attract the best buyer for your property.  Ideally, proper marketing will attract a multitude of buyers looking for all the features your home offers.  Having more interested buyers through persuasive marketing will lead to more showing and potentially more offers.

For a personal consultation, please call or email me.

Penny McLaughlin
(206) 618-5123

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