Questions From a Seller: I Want to Sell my Evergreen House, Where Do I Start?
Whether you’re looking to take advantage of this hot seller’s market or you need to move for professional or personal reasons, you likely have a lot of questions, including where to start! In this post, Bob goes over what you need to know — and do — if you’re ready to sell your home.
It's important to know that Bob will assist with this, every step of the way and provide experienced, professional service providers to assist as needed. It's all part of the system that is proven to net top dollar for all of his Evergreen, Conifer, Pine and Bailey Sellers!
#1. De-Clutter, Deep Clean, and Depersonalize
The three D’s start the home-selling process: de-clutter, deep clean, and depersonalize.
Whether you want to handle the deep cleaning and de-cluttering yourself or call in the pros is completely up to you. Just make sure all floors, walls, furniture, and every nook and cranny gets a good, thorough cleaning. Look carefully at baseboards, switch plates, and the louvers on heat vents and bathroom fans.
While you’re at it, throw away or donate any clutter you’ve accumulated over the years. Bob's favorite stager helps his sellers get down to the very minimum--sometimes as few as 10 things per room! As Bob says, "You wouldn't want to live like this but it works!"
Finally, it’s time to depersonalize your home.
We know how much you love your family photos and mementos, but the last thing you want is for potential buyers to have a hard time picturing themselves and their families making your home their own because it’s filled with family photos and other personalized decor. Now is not the time to display your kindergartner's artwork on the fridge. Take anything personalized down, put it in a box, and get excited to see it again at your new house. But of course, if you have one of the quintessential Foothills bear paintings you can leave that up!
#2. Take Care of Simple Repairs and Upgrades
If you neglect your leaking dishwasher or squeaky dryer, you’re going to run into major problems — and delays — come home inspection time. Get as much of it out of the way — at least the stuff that’s blatantly obvious — before any potential buyers walk into the door. Make a list of repairs by order of importance, then decide what you can DIY and what needs the help of an expert to get in tip-top shape.
#3. Find a Real Estate Agent
Using a true marketing expert makes a huge difference. Virtually all homes are selling right now in 2022 in Evergreen and Conifer the biggest differentiating factor isn't whether it will sell--but for how much more than anyone thought it would! Interview Bob Maiocco! He'll show you his remarkable system that works flawlessly at the very highest levels to maximize the synergy in today's market.
#4. Get Professional Photos Taken
In today’s world, it’s clear that potential buyers will see your home online before they see it in person. This means that your pictures have a big job to do when it comes to convincing them that your property is worth checking out IRL. Your blurry, dimly lit iPhone 8 pictures just aren’t going to cut it!
Work with your real estate agent to schedule a photo shoot to capture high-quality, professional photos of your home in the best light possible. A professional real estate photographer knows how to make rooms appear larger, brighter, and overall more attractive.
#5. Set a Fair Price
Even in today’s competitive market, buyers don’t want to get ripped off and pay way over what a home is worth. Setting a fair price that reflects the market and home value is essential. This is another area where having a Realtor really pays off as we are experts at pricing homes and will be able to help you choose a price that is fair for everyone. You may want to set it at a high price “just to see,” but this can actually backfire because buyers may look at homes that have been on the market a while with multiple price reductions as “faulty.” Set a realistic price from the get-go to sell your house as fast as possible.
#6. Put Your House on the Market and Keep it Staged and Clean
Unfortunately, once the "For Sale" sign goes up in your front yard, your work isn't done. When you’re trying to sell your home, it needs to look its best around the clock. You never know when your real estate agent will call with eager buyers who want to get in for a last-minute showing.
This means you and your family will need to devote some time daily to clean the house, pick up messes, empty the trash, and do whatever else you can to keep your house showing-ready. This also includes mowing the lawn, killing weeds, and keeping bushes and flowers trimmed.
You might also want to consider bringing in a professional stager who will add pieces and arrange your furniture most appealingly. We're here to help you with that!