How to Improve Odds of Selling Your Home
When listing your home its important to improve the odds of selling your home as much as possible. As a seller there are things like location and market value that you have no control over. But there are a number of factors that you do control and tools that are at your disposal to make the likelihood of receiving an offer on your home increase.
Price It Right
Set a price at the lower end of your property’s realistic price range. Consider:
Comparable Homes: Just because you’re in the same neighborhood doesn’t mean that the houses will sell for the same amount. Adjust prices in terms of size, upkeep, and amenities.
Competition: How many other houses are for sale in your area right now? Are you competing against new homes or condos for sale in the area?
Contingencies: Do you have special needs that might turn away buyers? A common one is refusing to be flexible about a moving date.
Asking a lender: Since most buyers will need a mortgage, the home’s sale price should be in line with a lender’s estimate of its value.
Accuracy: Studies show homes priced more than 3 percent over the correct price take longer to sell.
Prepare for Visitors
Get your house market-ready at least two weeks before you begin showing it. Make all your repairs, and then do a deep clean (or hire a cleaning service to help).
Consider an Appraisal
For a few hundred dollars, a qualified appraiser can give you an estimate of your home’s value. This is useful for sellers going through a divorce or needing to divide the proceeds for other reasons. Be sure to ask for a market-value appraisal and find someone who understands the area and type of home you have. Your agent should be able to offer recommendations.
Be Flexible About Showings
Spur-of-the-moment showings are disruptive and making sure your home is constantly ready to show can be exhausting. But the more amenable you can be, the sooner you’ll find a buyer.
Anticipate the Offers
Decide in advance the price range and terms that are acceptable. Be clear with yourself and your agent about what kind of offers you’re comfortable with. It’s critical to know what price you’ll accept before entering negotiations with a potential buyer.
Don’t Refuse to Drop the Price
If your home has been on the market for more than 30 days without an offer, be prepared to at least consider lowering your asking price.