Buying and selling a home are two very different processes. First time home sellers may not know all that goes into successfully selling their house. It takes some work to find a buyer while getting the price you want.
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4 best tips for first time home SELLERS!
The Price is Right
You want to get as much money for your house as possible. Who wouldn’t? Many homebuyers make the mistake of being overly ambitious when it comes to the price their house will sell for. The day your house hits the market, it should be priced correctly! Don’t price high and hope to snag a buyer. Your listing will slowly drop down the line and a high price up front will get it overlooked. Plus, potential buyers will be able to see any price changes you make. Continuously dropping the price will make you appear like a desperate seller or as if you don’t know what you’re doing. It can also give the impression something is wrong with the house because you aren’t able to get your asking price. Do your homework, and price the property correctly from day one.
Pack Up Before You Sell
Selling and moving go hand and hand. Do yourself a favor, and pack up before listing your home. Box things up and put them in storage, the basement or even the garage. Removing as many of your personal effects as possible will make potential buyers feel less intrusive when they are viewing your home. In addition, your listing photos should be completely free of clutter. Ads with personal items front and center often get scrolled past. Packing up your non-essential items will save you a ton of work down the road. Getting this out of the way early will make the moving process much easier for you.
Don’t Say No To a Showing
It might seem a little inconvenient having strangers walk through your house at any given moment, but you need to make viewing of your house as easy as possible. If your agent has a buyer who wants to see the house at 9 pm, let them. If your house is all packed up, short notice shouldn’t be too much of a hassle. Do whatever you can to get your house seen. Don’t limit your showings to certain times or alienate potential buyers in any way. You can’t rely on an Open House to sell your home. In fact, the vast majority of houses sell through direct showings. Being hospitable and flexible to potential buyers will set the tone for a positive, future transaction!
Pictures Say A Thousand Words
We can’t stress this one enough. Good photography is one of the most important things you will do when selling your house. Advertisements using bad photography, or with cluttered, messy or highly personalized rooms will likely be looked over. You have only a few seconds to capture someone’s interest when they are looking through listings, and you do this with amazing photography. Your house needs to pop! It has to stand out and make people click on your listing to find out more. You should consider hiring a professional if your listing agent hasn’t already. You might also consider creating an online virtual tour, or using drone photography.
Selling your house doesn’t have to be overwhelming or scary. Hiring the right team of professionals to guide you, will ensure you get the price you want in a timely manner.
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Properly staging your home is key when you are trying to sell your house in Richmond. Many people think this will cost a fortune on decorations and upgrades, but there are many ways to do this without breaking the bank.With a little time and effort, you can make your home stand out and look truly beautiful. We’ve put together some of the best staging tips to help you sell fast!
With a little time and effort, you can make your home stand out and look truly beautiful.
We’ve put together some of the best staging tips to help you sell fast!
Hide The Clutter & Personal Items
You want the house to look like a “home” but people don’t want to see your laundry in the washer. In addition, too many personal items can make prospective buyers feel as if they are intruding.
Limit photographs and other very personal items like backpacks, paperwork, and purses, and instead put out some books, flowers or other interesting items. Make them feel as if it could be their home the moment they walk in the door.
You want them to feel immediately comfortable, as if it were somewhere they could see themselves living.
Appeal To All The Senses
When someone comes to your house for a showing, it’s about more than what they see with their eyes. Emotional cues play a big role in how people will see your home.
Consider playing some music softly in the background. Or maybe have a candle burning that smells like freshly baked cookies or clean linens. Have a soft and cozy blanket folded up nicely on the couch.Doing these things will make your home feel cozy, and encourage buyers to stick around for awhile. Possibly making you an offer!
Doing these things will make your home feel cozy, and encourage buyers to stick around for awhile. Possibly making you an offer!
Give Each Room a Purpose
Do you have a space that is used for many things? Clean it up, and make it appear as if it only has one focus.
For example, a guest room/office can subconsciously make the homebuyer feel as if the home is cramped and lacking enough space.
Instead, make it very clear that the room is a guest bedroom OR an office. If you have an unutilized space, consider making it something fun like a game room or library.Even if it’s not really how you use the home, creating the definition of spaces will make the buyer feel less confused about the spaces they are woking with and allow them to more easily imagine themselves living there.
Even if it’s not really how you use the home, creating the definition of spaces will make the buyer feel less confused about the spaces they are working with and allow them to more easily imagine themselves living there.
Spend a Day Deep Cleaning and Making Small Repairs.
Do you have a crooked shelf? Or a squeaky step? Maybe a leaky faucet? You might have small fixes you can make by yourself for a reasonable cost.
Some small touch-ups to paint, dings in the wall or a power wash to the driveway can really alter the appearance of the home to your prospective buyers.
Now is also the time to wipe down the baseboards, rake the leaves and get those stains out of the carpet. Remember, they will be looking in every corner of your house as they walk through.
Don’t let them get so caught up looking at a wobbly fan, that they miss the beauty of your breakfast nook. You will probably find things to repair you hadn’t even noticed before!
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Thinking about selling your inherited house? In this blog post, you’ll read about the 4 no stress tricks for preparing to sell an inherited property in Richmond so you can sell it easily, with no hassle.
Selling a house can be frustrating, time-consuming, and even expensive.
And if it’s an inherited house, it can be even worse!
So if you want to sell your inherited property without all the hassle, here are 4 no stress tricks for preparing to sell an inherited property in Richmond…
No Stress Trick #1 Plan Ahead
Most people who sell a house just decide to sell without thinking through what that looks like.
No Stress Trick #2 Be Informed
Do you know what the process is to sell? Do you know how long it will take? Do you know how much it will cost you? Is it even a good time to sell? Who is buying right now? Do some research ahead of time and ask these questions to get informed about selling.
The more information you have, the better.
No Stress Trick #3 Get Consensus
If multiple heirs own the inherited property, you’ll want to gather your research and then talk to each heir to get a consensus.
Nothing is worse than starting the listing process and trying to sell your property only to be stopped in your tracks by an heir who wants to go in a different direction with the property.
No Stress Trick #4 Work With A House Buyer
Actually, you can skip a lot of the legwork and hassle by selling directly to a house buyer. A house buying company (like what we do here at NewGate) is the simplest, fastest way to put cash in your pocket because they often buy houses fast, for cash, and in as-is condition… and are experts at dealing with any of the challenges with titles, liens, multiple heirs, etc.
So one call to a company like ours is the best no-stress trick!
These 4 no stress tricks for preparing to sell an inherited property in Richmond will help you finally deal with that inherited property without the hassle and stress!
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Having a well thought out asking price will bring a lot of interest to your home in Richmond. However, you’ll want to employ some additional tactics in order to really appeal to buyers. Ready to make your home memorable and primed for a quick sale?
We’ve got you covered in our latest blog post!
Appeal To Buyers By Increasing Curb Appeal
The initial feeling a person gets when they walk up to the front door will play a big role on the number of offer you receive.
Start with the front yard and make some small changes. You can do most things on your own, for a relatively small budget. Touch up the trim, paint the mailbox and plant some flowers near the walkway. Hide your trash cans and keep the yard picked up and free of bikes and personal items that can be left out.
In addition, keep the backyard neat and tidy, with both areas nicely landscaped and well maintained. You can spruce up the backyard by setting up the furniture in an inviting and welcoming manner. Let the prospective buyer be able to imagine themselves in the backyard, hosting friends and family. Adding pretty plants and flowers can be wonderful, just don’t make the area seem too high maintenance.
Don’t spend excessive amounts of money adding a whole new patio or deck. You won’t be able to recover the cost, and most potential buyers would prefer to upgrade on their terms.
You want your home and living spaces to be warm and inviting. A few personal touches are great, but keep them universally appealing.
For example, decorate with a couple of bold statement pieces, and put some interesting books on the shelves. However, don’t have too many personal photographs on display or paperwork laying around.
The idea is to make the potential buyer feel as if they could be in their own home, not intruding upon yours.
You don’t want people to be distracted by clutter, or see dishes in the sink. While it might be a lot of work for you and your family, you will want to get your home extremely clean and keep it that way until you move. Clear shelves and desk spaces of personal items. Keep food in your cabinets, not out on counters. And make sure the bathroom vanities are always free of personal effects, keeping your belongings out of sight and in the medicine cabinet.
Appeal To Buyers By Setting The Mood
There is more to getting an offer than what the potential buyers see with their eyes. You have to think about how they will feel when they walk in the front door. Make sure the lighting is beautiful and play soft music in the background to make people feel comfortable.
Light a candle that smells of fresh bread or something warm and soothing.
Keep your color pallet neutral, using pops of color in your throw pillows and other decorations. Using a neutral pallet will allow a potential home buyer to imagine how they would set up the room. A bright and overpowering wall color can be off-putting to someone with different taste.
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If you inherited a property that you intend to sell, make sure you read this blog post all the way through to know the 3 things you can do in Richmond to prepare your inherited house for the sale…
When a loved one passes, it can be a difficult time for everyone. And although inheriting a house might seem like a wonderful way for a loved one to pass something of value on to you, it can also be a burden. Houses take a lot of work to maintain, keep clean, and keep up-to-date. If you’re thinking about selling an inherited house, or if you are still exploring your options, here are 3 things you can do in Richmond to prepare your inherited house for the sale…
Preparing Your Inherited House For Sale — Tip #1
Perhaps the most important thing to do is to save the memories for yourself. It’s easy to discover that you have many mixed emotions about the property, and that can actually keep people from selling an inherited property. Instead, they just pay to hold onto the property but never really enjoy the property. The best step here is to understand that you are experiencing emotions about the memories and about the person who lived here. The house itself is just the structure.
So if you’re thinking of selling but want to preserve the memories, do something special in the house — take pictures, gather some of the furniture and photographs and other mementos that you will cherish. You’ll have a few things that represent your memories and you’ll still be able to sell the house to keep it from becoming a burden.
Preparing Your Inherited House For Sale — Tip #2
Chances are, you inherited the house from someone who lived there for a while. When this happens, you’ll find out that the person who lived there may have taken very good care of the house but after living in the same house for a while there might be areas of the house that they didn’t use very much, or perhaps areas of the house that they used for storage. The best way to help your inherited house sell is to clear the house out, clean it up thoroughly, and present a beautiful empty house to buyers.
Preparing Your Inherited House For Sale — Tip #3
Last, you should think about giving your house a paint job. If you inherited the house from someone who lived in it a while, they may have cared for the house but the wall colors may have faded. A paint job is affordable for you and it’s an easy way to help a house feel fresh and lived-in, even if you choose not to make any other updates or renovations to the house.
When your loved one passed the house on to you, they did so because they wanted to give you this gift. But selling the inherited house may make the most sense. So you’ve just read 3 things you can do in Richmond to prepare your inherited house for the sale.
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When people begin thinking about selling their home in Richmond, upgrades can be a first step many people take. However doing too much, or upgrading things that don’t provide much return can be a waste of time and money.
We have put together our list: of 3 upgrades to invest in and 3 to forget about.
3 Upgrades To Invest In:
A fresh coat of paint can easily brighten up and revive a room. Try to stick with neutral colors and add in pops of color elsewhere, such as throw pillows or artwork. Painting is a relatively low-cost upgrade that can have a big impact.
Plus a fresh coat of paint will cover and dings in the wall, nail holes, etc.
Do: A Kitchen & Bath Facelift
You might have heard that an upgraded kitchen and bathroom are two of the best areas to focus on when upgrading your home. However, you can do some smaller upgrades that will make a big impact without costing a fortune.
New faucets, drawer pulls and resurfacing your cabinets are affordable ways to revitalize the space. Some appliance manufacturers sell new and alternate colored faceplates.
For example, swapping out the front of your dishwasher to match the other appliances is a great way to save money and tie things together.
You can take the same principles to give your bathroom a quick makeover. Vinyl tiles can go on the floor, right over what you currently have. Do a deep cleaning of the grout, and re-grout if needed.
Fix any cracked tiles or broken hardware. (Wobbly towel racks, etc.) Another option to a complete shower renovation is to install a pre-fab cover. This is much cheaper than doing a whole shower overhaul.
Planting some flowers out front or covering dirt with a pretty, fast spreading ground cover will give your home instant curb appeal. If needed, have trees and bushes trimmed and keep the lawn mowed nicely.
Depending on your climate, you can plant succulents or lay down pretty rocks to keep the space well maintained, but low-maintenance.
Maybe throw a fresh coat of paint on the mailbox or hang up a bird feeder and some hanging plants. Small touches and a well-groomed yard will draw anyone in.
3 To Forget About:
Don’t: Finish The Basement
This can turn into a major project that can be both expensive and time-consuming. The numbers show you won’t end up getting back anywhere close to what you put into it.
Overall, most homebuyers will want to fix up the space to their taste anyhow. Maybe they want an open game room, or to add a couple of extra bedrooms.
When pricing the home, account for the unfinished space and let buyers know that is reflected in your pricing.
Don’t: Add a Patio, Deck or Pool
Again, this can be very pricey, without much return. If you have an open area, use plants or pavers to tidy up and beautify the space. If the new homeowners want to build a deck, they can do so, but with their tastes and specifications in mind.
Adding a pool can cost a fortune, without providing a huge increase in what you will be able to ask for the home. In addition, a pool may actually deter buyers.
Prospective buyers with small children may worry about safety and many people may not want to worry about the hassle and upkeep of maintaining their own pool.
Don’t: Do A Major Renovation to The Kitchen or Bathrooms
Don’t waste your money with a complete overhaul unless it is absolutely necessary due to water or fire damage. The cost does not make sense, especially when homebuyers will have their own tastes. Many homeowners would prefer a credit to the home price allowing them to upgrade on their terms.
In summary: Don’t over-improve… keep it simple!
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