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The Right Selling Price Affects Your Bottom Line
When you’re selling your home, the price you set is a critical factor in the return you’ll receive. That’s why you need a professional evaluation from an experienced realtor. This person can provide you with an honest assessment of your home, based on several factors including:
- Market conditions
- Condition of your home
- Repairs or improvements
- Time frame
In real estate terms, market value is the price at which a particular house, in its current condition, will sell within 30 to 90 days.
If the price of your home is too high, several things could happen:
- Limits buyers. Potential buyers may not view your home, because it would be out of their buying range.
- Limits showings. Other salespeople may be less reluctant to view your home.
- Used as leverage. Other realtors may use this home to sell against homes that are better priced.
- Extended stay on the market. When a home is on the market too long, it may be perceived as defective. Buyers may wonder, “what’s wrong,” or “why hasn’t this sold?”
- Lower price. An overpriced home, still on the market beyond the average selling time, could lead a lower selling price. To sell it, you will have to reduce the price, sometimes, several times. In the end, you’ll probably get less than if it had been properly priced at the start.
- Wasted time and energy. A bank appraisal is most often required to finance a home.
Realtors have known it for years – Well-kept homes, properly priced in the beginning always get you the fast sale for the best price! And that’s why you need a professional to assist you in the selling of your home.
Helpful Tips For Sellers
The hardest part of selling, is removing your emotional attachment and seeing your home as a product. Ultimately a house is worth what someone else is willing to pay for it and for most – what the bank deems its value is for a loan. Fair Market Value: Like homes that have sold recently (last 6 months)
If there is something that needs repaired, Fix it!
A buyer will add up costs mentally of any repairs they see while walking through the house, & also wonder “if the seller didn’t take care of these small items, then what about the larger maintenance issues?”
Repair any major problems with the property. It may also possible to offer a $$$ allowance so the buyer can repair them after closing. ALWAYS disclose any major or minor problems the property!
Clean your house top to bottom; windows inside & out, vacuum all rugs & carpet, polish any linoleum, wood or tile & make sure the kitchen & bathrooms are sparkling.
Be careful about colors when painting or replacing carpet. You want your home to appeal to the largest segment of buyers. Consider swapping unusual or bright colors to more neutral tones. One of the best investments you can make is two coats of a neutral paint color.
Arrange furniture to give the room a more spacious feel. Consider storing any large objects that make the room feel crowded or even removing all of the furniture.
Pack up your valuables, both to remove some clutter & to protect them.
Remove all clutter; in the morning go around a pick up any clothing, shoes, or dishes.
Open all blinds and drapes to give the room a roomier feel.
Beware of any odors from pets, cigarettes, mildew, etc. A clean smelling house is much more appealing to a buyer. Don’t forget that some people are more sensitive to smells than others.
Sometimes the only way to remove pet or smoke odor from carpeting is to pull up the carpet & padding then to replace it. Try having your carpets & furniture cleaned, as well as airing out drapes & linens.
Along with having everything cleaned, don’t forget to empty laundry hampers daily, so you don’t have towels mildewing & causing other odors. Once the unfavorable odor is gone try bringing in a pleasant smell. Just remember nothing to strong or obnoxious. Avoid strong scented air fresheners.
Mow, rake, and edge up your yard.
Re-seed or sod where it is needed.
Prune your shrubbery & consider adding flowers along the walk way.
Walls & Ceilings
Check paint & wallpaper for fading of peeling.
Check for & repair cracks, holes, & any damage.
Doors & Windows
Replace any broken or cracked glass.
Check the weather stripping & caulking.
Wash woodwork & windows. •Make sure the front door & hardware is sparkling clean.
Remove mildew or any mineral deposit.
Repair any leaks.
Check grouting & caulking is sparkling white.
Clean off countertops.
Clean /de-grease all appliances & exhaust fans.
Electrical & Plumbing System
Check for any exposed wiring.
Fix any broken switches or outlets.
Check water pressure.
Check and repair any clogging or leaks
Items that can add value to your property
- Water Softener
Items that might add value if not everyone else has them
- Additional Garage
- Granite / Silestone counters
- Wood /Tile floors instead of Carpet
- Storage Shed
- Exterior- 4 Sides Brick /masonry instead of Wood
Items that add appeal or make a home more desirable but do not add $$$ value
- Crown Molding
- Ceiling Fans
- Wrought Iron Railings Vs. Wood
- Upgraded light fixtures
- Upgraded appliances
Items which have NO value
- Original Cost
- All $$$ You Spent On Improvements
- What You Feel You Need To Net From The Sale