Selling your home can be overwhelming, especially when you are hoping to get top dollar in an already crowded market. Luckily, there are several steps you can take to attract attention to your home in a sea of “For Sale” signs.
Step 1: Think Objectively
It is important to look at your home like a potential buyer would. Are there dated cabinet pulls that you keep meaning to replace, or scratches on the wood you keep meaning to fill? Now is the time to tackle any odd jobs you’ve been putting off and fix anything that potential buyers may view negatively.
Step 2: Hire a Pro
When trying to attract attention in a crowded market, you need to hire a real estate professional that knows the market and has experience with making a home stand out from the rest. Real estate agents also have a network of relationships that you won’t have access to if you list your home yourself.
Step 3: Give Everything a Home
In order to get ready for showings you need to give everything a home. What we mean by this is that you need to go through and declutter each item from your countertops, cabinets, and closets. Sell or donate any items you don’t use or want anymore and neatly organize the items you are keeping. Clutter makes a home look unappealing to potential buyers.
Step 4: Set the Stage
First impressions are incredibly important to attract attention in a crowded market. Which is why it is essential that you stage your home so that it’s full potential shines through. You want the first thing a potential buyer sees to be how the space looks at its best. Staging takes all the guesswork out of where the potential buyers will want to put their own furniture. It also allows you to list for more and, in most cases, sells the home faster.
Step 5: Take Quality Photos
After staging, the next step is to have your home professionally photographed. You’ll want to schedule a shoot when your home has optimal lighting and make sure to tell your photographer about any key features you want to show off. If you can’t afford a professional photographer click here to read about some things you can do to take better photos.
Step 6: Be Flexible When Showing
Be as flexible as possible when your agent starts showing your home to potential buyers. If you are restrictive on when the showings can happen you are limiting the amount of viewers that can come see your house. This ultimately means that it will take longer for your home to sell.
Step 7: Curb Appeal
Another great way to attract attention in a crowded market is by updating your home's exterior appearance. Take the extra time to tend to your landscaping, pressure wash the porch and driveway and mow the lawn. The exterior of your home is what needs to make a great first impression. Updating your curb appeal is a great way to attract attention from people driving by as well.
As you can tell there is a lot of work that goes into selling your home for top dollar in a crowded market, but once it’s all said and done you will be glad you went the extra mile. If you can think of any tips we might have missed or want a free staging quote for your home, don’t hesitate to call us today at 205 - 277 - 0326!