Deciding when to sell and knowing how to sell your home can be stressful and confusing. Here are some guidelines that can help ensure a positive experience.
Interview listing agents and find one you can trust
Your listing agent is a critical and key part of the selling equation. Talk to a few agents before choosing who to work with. Ask what they will do to market your home and how they plan to guide you through the process. There are dozens of variables in selling a home and you should be partnering with someone you instinctively trust and makes you feel comfortable about asking a lot of questions.
Decide the best time to sell
Once you identify your listing agent, it is their job to help you determine the best time to put your home on the market. It might seem that every day is a good day to sell in Portland, but there are nuances to marketing and selling your home that a qualified agent can walk you through, such as listing on a Thursday or Friday to catch weekend house hunters.
Present your best image
Now that you have a target launch date, prepare and stage your home. Again, your listing agent can give you tips about arranging furniture, small repairs to make – or not – and how to present or “stage” your home to showcase the key features buyers want.
Give your home a brand-new, “never-lived-in” feeling by deep cleaning every square inch and removing all clutter, including closets, basements, garages and sheds. If you don’t’ have time, it’s worth hiring a professional service to do it for you.
Professional photographs of your home are likely to raise your final sales price by $3,000 up to 10,000 more than others sellers who used snap shots, according to RedFin. Again, marketing your home is about putting your best foot forward, so let a professional photographer with experience shooting real estate help you make the best impression.
I walk my clients through each of the steps above; I answer all of their questions, show them how to stage their home and prepare for showing so their home is highly desirable to prospective buyers and walk them through the negotiation process. I hire a professional photographer on my dime and host broker tours to ensure their home rises to the top from the minute it is listed. These strategies, along with open houses and posting photos of their home online and walking clients through the negotiation process are the reason my selling clients’ average time from listing to an accepted offer is 27 days!
Call me for a fun and relaxed conversation about your selling options.