How can you prepare your home to receive top dollar?

Once you have decided it is time to list, you need to take an objective look at your home, which is an understandable challenge for most sellers. Buyers are going to be more inclined to make an offer on a home that has been well maintained and priced correctly. Make sure you have repaired or replaced anything that is not in working order or not in good condition. Now is the time to fix the door that always sticks, re-caulk the bathtub, fix the broken electrical outlet, etc. Depending on the age and condition of the home, sometimes a pre-listing inspection can be helpful. This list of “quick fixes” may seem daunting. Don’t worry, Avenue Realty has a network of resources to help you complete these punch list items quickly and get your home on the market in move-in ready condition.

Most sellers know that a clean and de-cluttered home will sell faster, but that doesn’t mean you should throw everything you own into a closet or garage. Buyers are scared off by overflowing closets and garages. They will immediately think your home does not have ample storage space. To resolve this issue, consider a pre-listing garage sale. If you still have more belongings than will fit comfortably in your home, rent a storage unit. It may be a little money out of your pocket, but well worth the small investment if it helps your home sell quickly and at a great price.

A home that is decorated well and de-personalized will sell more quickly than a home that hasn’t been updated in decades and is cluttered with family photo walls. Remember, a buyer is more likely to make an offer on a home where they can visualize themselves and their family. If you are not sure how to accomplish this, Avenue Realty has the design and home staging resources to help you.

*Avenue Realty Quick Tip*

Purchasing a one-year home warranty can protect you against any unexpected issues on major appliances and home systems (e.g., heating system breaking, appliances malfunctioning, etc.) while you are prepping your home for sale and while it’s on the market. This also serves as an incentive to buyers to buy your home over a similar one.

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When you look to sell your home, there are a ton of questions that surface. Well, we’ve developed a complete guide to reference when you decide to sell your home. Checkout our ebook to get answers from some of the most frequently asked questions.

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Closing on your home

Closing on your home

Once you have accepted an offer to purchase and you and the buyer have signed all the contractual documents, the result is a legally-binding ratified contract. It will be essential for you stay on top of any items needed from you during the transaction, such as providing a termite inspection letter and providing access to the home for inspections and appraisals.

Is there anything I need to do while my home is on the market?

Is there anything I need to do while my home is on the market?

While your home is on the market, always be prepared for the last-minute showing by doing your best to keep your home clean, de-cluttered and organized. Make sure to clean those dirty dishes in the sink and take out the trash!

What should I look for in a comprehensive marketing plan?

What should I look for in a comprehensive marketing plan?

At this point in the process, you should have interviewed at least two Realtors and set a listing price. It is now time to understand the comprehensive marketing plan tailored to your specific home.

Decide on your terms

Decide on your terms

Deciding on terms you will accept from or offer to a buyer will also influence your listing price.

How to determine the price of your home

How to determine the price of your home

Once your home is prepared for sale, it is time to set a price. When determining a list price, there are different factors affecting your home’s value which need to be considered. Besides the home itself, location, schools and neighborhood are a huge consideration.

Staging Your Home for Sale

Staging Your Home for Sale

Selling an empty home can be difficult because people have trouble picturing the home with that lived-in feel. Staging a home is one way to provide a better sense of how the space can be used and attract buyers. It doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive but it does need to be done carefully for the best effect.