Selling a home requires a great deal of information and resources, especially if you want to get top dollar. Hiring me as your real estate professional helps the entire process go smoothly and provides you with the most valuable resource you can have. I am committed to providing you with the highest quality service through experience and hard work! Here are key areas I will be of service to you:
When pricing your home, it is extremely important to not set it too high or low. Undervaluing or overpricing can slow down or impede the sale of a home. I have access to neighborhood information and pricing trends and am well-versed in the home-selling process.
1) Pricing your property competitively will generate the most activity from agents and buyers.
2) Pricing your property too high may make it necessary to drop the price below market value to compete with new, well-priced listings.
It is imperative to price a home right from the beginning. Interest in a particular home peaks when it is first listed. This is when the greatest number of real estate agents and prospective buyers come to see a home. Therefore, the highest chance to sell a home at a fair market value is when it first goes on the market.
The value of your property is determined by what a buyer is willing to pay, and a seller is willing to accept in today’s market. Buyers make their pricing decision based on comparing your property to other properties sold in your areas. Historically, your first offer is usually your best. It is very important to price your property at a competitive market value when we finalize the
listing agreement. Contrary to popular belief, this will not include:
– What you paid
– What you need
– What you want
– What your neighbor says
– What another agent says
– Cost to rebuild today
When you first list your home for sale, I will recommend repairs and cosmetic work that will help enhance your home’s appearance and marketability. Then, I will begin advertising your property. Most buyers go to the internet first when searching for a home, so that will be a huge focus of ours. I will also provide exposure to other industry professionals and the public.
Promoting your property:
Monitoring, Renegotiating, Closing/Settling
There are many steps involved between a sales agreement and the closing or settlement of a sale. I will help you navigate through the steps and complete any required paperwork. I ensure that as issues arise, problems get resolved and the intimidating amounts of paperwork get completed accurately.
5 Things to Do Before You Sell
- Get estimates from vendors on items to be fixed or replaced, such as floors, new paint, etc. This way, buyers will have a better sense of how much these needed repairs will affect their costs.
- Have a termite inspection done to show buyers the current condition of the property. This will help us in determining a fair market list price, and also help prevent buyers from re-negotiating the price after we have accepted their offer.
- Get a pre-sale home inspection so you’ll be able to make repairs before buyers become concerned and cancel a contract.
- Gather together warranties and guarantees on the furnace, appliances, and other items that will remain with the house.
- Fill out the disclosure forms I’ve provided to you. Take the time to fill them out in their entirety. Be sure you don’t forget to list problems, however minor, that might create a liability for you after the sale.
First Impressions are Lasting
Curb Appeal! Hire a gardener to spruce it up. Clean all cobwebs and paint where needed. This includes professional or extremely thorough:
– Driveway cleaning
– Clear walkways/steps/walls
– Clean windows
– Paint/caulking repair
– Pet waste clean-up
– Front entrance
Interior! Hire a house cleaner to scrub everything, including windows. This includes:
– Cobwebs on ceiling and walls
– Ceiling fans
– Touch up paint on doors & frames
– All lightbulbs are working and matching
– Fireplace, if needed
– Furniture dusting, if staying in the house
– Mop floors
– Carpet cleaning & vacuuming
– Countertops free of personal items
– Grout (countertops and/or floors)
– Cabinets inside and out
Personal Belongings! Pack everything, or pack almost everything except your essentials.
Consider renting a storage space away from the home. All personal photos need to be
removed. Buyers prefer uncluttered spaces to better picture the house as their own. Make sure
you remove your personal belongings from the following locations: