Selling your home is a big decision! Here are some things you can do to make your home more appealing to buyers:
1. Web Appeal
Over 90% of Home Buyers use the Internet during their home search, so you need to make your home available to be marketed online. When you list your property with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Realty, we will create a website and a virtual tour for your home. Also, your home will be advertised on Triangle MLS, where other agents will be able to show your house to their home buyers. Finally, your home will appear on websites such as Zillow, Trulia, and Realtor.com, which will allow you to market to a larger audience of buyers.
2. Curb Appeal
You don't get a second chance to make a first impression—you want a WOW factor! You may have a beautiful home, but you have to get the customers through the door first. De-clutter your yard. Make sure you keep your grass cut and leaves raked. Trim overgrown bushes or plants. Keep your driveway clear. Store items (toys, gardening tools, etc) that distract from the initial view potential buyers will see. Make sure your front door is pristine. Clean the light fixtures and put new bulbs in, and put a fresh coat of paint on your door to make a good first impression.
Selling your home is a great time to go through your old belongings. Prioritize what you want to keep and what you'll be willing to sell or donate. Before your home is on the market, go room-by-room and declutter spaces. Store any kitchen appliances that you don't need everyday, clear bathroom countertops, and put away any mail or magazines that you may have out. Whatever you do, don't store moving boxes in areas where potential buyers will walk through.
4. Let people see your home
Open up your home to as many showings as possible. The more agents are able to show buyers your house, the better chance you have to receive an offer. Obviously, there will be exceptions made if you have small children or pets, but remember that the more you limit showings, the harder it will be to sell your house.
5. Be Safe!
As a safety precaution, secure all valuables (money, jewelry, prescription medication, files, etc.) where someone viewing your home can't get to them. Use an in home safe or lockbox if you have one, or store it off premises while your house is on the market. Also, be aware of anyone that comes to your door without announcing that they're with a real estate company.
6. Offer a Home Warranty
Offering a home warranty will make your home more marketable to home buyers. It also gives you some protection in the event that an appliance or system in your home breaks down due to normal wear and tear. In the event that you have to use the home warranty, there is usually a trade fee for repairs or replacement, but well below what you would pay retail to have something fixed. Also, you only pay for the home warranty once your home is sold.
7. Keep the lights on!
Make sure you keep all your utilities on and connected throughout the selling process. Buyers need to see the home in its working condition. Also, keep your home owner's insurance current and up to date until after closing and the deed is recorded. Remember, until the deed is recorded, you still own the house!