Selling a home can be both an exciting and nerve wracking process. In many cases, a relocation can be exciting since it probably means that your family is moving on to bigger and better things, but selling your old home can be an intimidating hurdle to cross. Fortunately, the entire process can be streamlined if you have a good real estate agent in your corner.
One of the first steps in selling your home is finding a good real estate agent to represent you.
In this day and age, a good online presence is an extremely important part of any successful marketing strategy. Finding a real estate broker who will market your home to a large prospective audience is a great way to help boost your home’s visibility.
For example, our team at Appleton Properties creates detailed online listings for every property, allowing prospective buyers to get a good idea of the home’s features and highlights without ever picking up the phone or leaving the comfort of their own living room.
Cleaning up the property is another step that you should take early on in the selling process.
De-cluttering your home will serve two important purposes. For starters, it will be easier to stage your home if it is as clutter free as possible. Buyers are looking for a home that appears spacious and inviting, and having a lot of extra junk lying around will shatter that illusion.
Pay particular attention to your closets – half-empty closets appear much larger than completely filled or completely empty storage spaces. The other bonus of streamlining your possessions early on is that you will have less work to do once it is time to pack up and move. If you start getting rid of the odds and ends you no longer use now, there will be that much less to do when the moving van is on the way.
After you declutter, it is time to touch up the property.
While it is not advisable to undertake a lot of expensive home improvement projects at this late stage, a new coat of paint or some new cabinet fixtures can really brighten up a room and make it seem like a whole new space.
Also, double check that everything is in working order. You might have become accustomed to living with a closet door that does not stay on its tracks – potential buyers will not look so fondly on your home’s shortcomings.
Appleton Properties can be a great resource on advising you on what repairs or updates might yield a significant return and which ones are best left for the next owner to tackle.
Every step of the way, stop and think whether or not you will get a good return on your investment.
A general rule for this is that quick, easy fixes are more than worth the time and effort, but costlier renovations will usually end up costing more than they will recoup during the sale.
Once your home is putting its best foot forward, this is when it’s time to list it. Give us a call today to find out what our marketing strategy would be for your property and please explore the site to view our current listings.