Listing Your Home for Sale
February 27, 2019 Written by DigitalRealtyX
Now that you’re ready to list your home for sale, what comes next? Of course you want to find a good listing agent, but without personal real estate experience, you might not know what to expect to prepare for sale? The right real estate agent will be able to guide you in this and it’s important to engage someone early in the process so that you can capitalize on their experience. As you prepare your home for sale, there are a few basics you need to understand to create a great listing that attracts buyers.
Pictures are one of the most important aspects of a listing both during the day and twilight photos. This is typically the first thing a buyer sees. Great pictures on the internet as well as print media will entice a potential buyer to come see the home in person. While pictures are not pieces of art, consider unusual shots which showcase lifestyle as well as features, such as a view from a balcony or shot besides a fire pit. Create emotional pulls through the pictures. Pictures of the sunset views from a home also provide a special immaculate experience of the area.
Online marketing is the best exposure there is. Most buyers now start their search for homes online. You need to have your home in front of all potential buyers, and Internet exposure is critical to this audience.
Careful placing of furniture as well as decluttering can make the difference between a home which shows well and those which do not. Your agent can guide you in the right amount of staging.
If you have already moved out, then staging with loaned furniture can really make the home stand out to buyers. There is a reason model homes always display everything furnished. Buyers want to imagine themselves living in the home, simply placed furniture and tasteful decorations can help create this feeling of home in buyers.
Curb appeal is slightly different from staging. Curb appeal is the buyer’s first impression of the home. Does the front yard appear neat and trimmed? Are there signs of wood rot or other deferred maintenance? As you consider the need for curb appeal, ask yourself this: “Will a potential buyer see this home as a project?” If the answer is “yes” then you need to work on the curb appeal of the home.
Listing your home is a big step. But with careful planning, you can create the environment which will engage your potential buyers and encourage offers. Your agent will guide you in this process. Prepare the home properly, take nice pictures and utilize the online marketing experience options available. Showcase your home in its best light and the buyers will respond.