Tips for Home Sellers
Selling your Columbus area home and don’t know where to start? Check out these top tips when researching your home selling needs.
First and Foremost…Pick a good Realtor to represent your needs. All Realtors are not the same! A professional agent knows the market and has information on past sales, current listings, a marketing plan, as well as providing you with background and references. Be sure to choose someone that you trust and feel comfortable that they will do their best on your behalf.
Do your Homework on Pricing before you set the price! And make sure you have your Realtor do their Homework! You need to know your market as best you can, be aware of what your competition of homes similar to yours that are currently for sale, as they will be your direct competition for buyers. Insist Comparative Market Analysis from your Realtor. A complete written comprehensive report that includes at least 3 homes similar to yours that have sold in the last 6mos. to 1year, as well as 3 Active listings (homes that are currently for sale that compare to your home).
Your Homes appearances not only matter…They’re critical! Appearance dictates first impressions; first impressions dictate a buyer’s perspective. The look and feel of your home will generate a greater emotional response than any other factor. Prospective buyers react to their senses, most notably what they see, and smell! (See next tip)
Clean, Clean, Clean,…..Fix, Fix, Fix! Make sure your home is welcoming to buyers and shows the best it can! Scrub, scour, pick-up, straighten, and above all, get rid of clutter! Repair that squeaky door, the light switch that doesn’t work, and that tiny crack in the bathroom mirror. It’s true, these can be the simplest ways to get your home ready for sale, but if they are left untouched, they can be the biggest deal killers to your prospective buyers. As well, that foul odor you’ve been noticing will be NOTICED! Get rid of it! Spray deodorizer light candles, bake some cookies or muffins. The sense of smell is huge here. Not sure if there are any odors, your Realtor will be happy to let you know, even ask a friend. Above all, deal with these odors.
Be a Smart Seller…..Disclose EVERYTHING! Smart Sellers are proactive in disclosing all known defects to their buyers in writing. This can help eliminate deal killers when they find out about that leak in the basement from their Home Inspection, as well as reduce liability and potential lawsuits later on.
Contact us for more information on selling a home in Columbus GA or Phenix City AL.