Prepping your home for sale in today’s Seller’s Market
This past year, home sales have been active all 12 months. But spring is still the most active beautiful Tahoe home-buying season. In many areas, there are more buyers than there are homes for sale, so 2021 continues to be a seller’s market, meaning sellers have an edge in the negotiations. Nonetheless, when you put your home on the market, you want it to stand out from the rest to fetch a higher price, a quicker sale, and fewer hassles. Here are some ideas we suggest:
1. Have Your Own Upfront Inspection Done.
Having a professional home inspector come in and give you a report is a great help in preparing your home for sale. If you decide to fix anything called out in the report, you can make a list of the completed repairs. When you present this list to buyers, along with the inspection report, it increases the likelihood of no-hassle offers without contingencies on fixing or replacing things in the home. Talk to us today to help you find a professional home inspector.
2. Make Your Home as Turnkey as Possible.
Today, most buyers want turnkey homes. That means they want a property that they can move into and put down their furniture without doing any major upgrades or repairs. Buyers today focus on kitchens, bathrooms, flooring, and paint. Remember that it is a seller’s market, so be careful not to overspend on any major projects. Something as simple as fresh paint can do wonders for any questionable area.
3. Stage, Gather Documents, Consider a Warranty.
If you can, hire a stager. They can help you de-clutter, put extra furniture in storage, and de-personalize décor. We can help with great staging advice – ask us to recommend a staging service. Next, we’ll put together a package of all necessary documents: seller disclosures and the records required for your unique needs. (For instance, if ownership is in a trust.) Consider purchasing a home warranty to cover things that could fail before you sell, such as garbage disposals or water heaters. This warranty automatically transfers to the buyers–a very nice selling feature!–for your beautiful Tahoe home.
4. Finally, Max out your online listing.
The average buyers give a listing 7 to 10 seconds before they decide to stay to check it out, or swipe to move on. Ask us how our presentation of your home online stacks up with other homes in your price range. Remember, we represent YOU, and we want to sell your beautiful Tahoe home quickly for the best price just as much as you do! Be sure your home looks its best inside and out when photos and videos are taken. Bottom line, use our many years of experience. Call us today!