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7 Things You Should Do Before Listing Your Home

Listing your home, Marco island
Posted: September 7, 2014 at 11:15 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

7 Things You Should Do Before Listing Your Home

  1. Select the right real estate agent – Never select an agent based on the promised sales price. Some real estate agents will over price your property in an effort to get your business however, studies show that most overpriced homes sell for below market value and take much longer to sell. Additionally, an under priced listing can result in a quick sale but at the expense of the seller’s profit. This is why it is so important to do your research when selecting an agent to represent you.
  2. Invest in your homes curb appeal – Bright natural light, pressure washing, landscaping, neutral paint colors, and a fresh clean smell may all increase the wow factor of your home. Your home should appear spacious, open, and inviting during showings.
  3. Neutralize your home – All the special touches that make you feel at home can prevent a potential buyer from seeing themselves living there. Remove bulky furniture, clutter from countertops/refrigerator doors, unnecessary paperwork, knick knacks, and other items that could prevent a buyer from seeing the potential of your home.
  4. Fix minor repairs before the home inspection – Leaky faucets, stains, broken appliances, torn screens, etc.… can cost you thousands in lost sales and low offers when added to an overwhelming property report full of minor issues.
  5. Gather your paperwork – Pull together any paperwork showing owners manuals, upgrades,  and/or warranties that will be relevant to the new home buyer.
  6. Clean, Clean, Clean – Whether you do it yourself or hire a professional, your property should sparkle. If you are living in your home make sure that linens are picked up and beds are made on a daily basis. You never know when a potential buyer may drop in.
  7. Leave your emotions at the door – Often times home owners see years of family memories as well as the time and money spent inside the walls of their home. They are proud of the little touches added and the things that make their property unique. The problem is that new home buyers do not have the emotional attachment to the property and instead view it objectively for their needs and budget allowances. In the past homeowners have rejected first offers calling them insulting only to accept a lower offer later. When selling your home it is important to remain objective and remember your goals for the transaction. Keeping an open mind for all offers may help increase the overall profitability of your home.

Doug and Nicki Davis are both Marco Island REALTORS® with over 50 years combined real estate experience.

Contact them today for details on how they can help you.