Selling your house is super stressful and can be very difficult. There are so many things that need to get done! Painting, prepping, patching, perfecting… and that’s just before you list it. Then you have to get it spotless and take photographs for the listing. Who should you list it with, is there really a difference in agencies? What should you look for in a realtor? Having been in this business over 25 years, I have a few things I’d like to share with you…
Curb Appeal: You only get one chance to make a good first impression. So don’t neglect your yard and the exterior of your home. A good rule of thumb is to visit some newer neighborhood homes in your area. What is on the porch? What does the landscaping look like? If you find elements you like, feel free to copy them. Add pretty, personalized touches that go above and beyond that a buyer is going to appreciate. For instance, a front porch could have an American flag and maybe some potted flowering plants.
Warm Welcome: My broker/mentor once told me that the first room in your house should make everyone who walks in want to see the rest of it. Make a statement in your entry. Your entry should give clues as to what to expect throughout the rest of your house. Make sure the paint is fresh. I would recommend going through and touching up the floor boards and trim, as well as the banister. No detail is too small! Clean sells!
Declutter: Make sure your rooms appear open, fresh, and clutter free. I am all about accessories and decor, but not too much. I have also heard that you should remove family photographs. However, sometimes the photographs are so much a part of the decor and if they are used pretty minimally, you may decide to keep some of them displayed. We want a buyer looking at the room and asking him or herself if their furniture will fit there…not “who are these people in the photographs?”
Add Appealing Elements: So you just got rid of your clutter, now it’s time to bring back a few elements that will look clean and appealing to potential buyers and while adding a “homey” feel. Think vases filled with fresh flowers, pretty soaps by the kitchen sink, a couple antique candle sticks. You get the picture.
Hire a Photographer: I’m a Realtor. I take photographs of homes a lot. But when it comes to listing my own house, I’d hire a professional real estate photographer. I have a great camera but I just can’t capture the whole room. The professional photographer is worth every penny. Photos really help sell a house. Good ones, that is. They can capture the essence of a room…
List It Baby: Let the beauty of the Multiple Listing Service work for you! There’s so many steps a Realtor is trained to help you with, over 170 steps last time I counted…Advantage Real Estate is the ONLY agency in the Moberly market that belongs to TWO Multiple Listing Services. This exposure to Randolph County real estate licensees as well as the Columbia, MO real estate agencies is a huge benefit to you when selling! (Not all of our area competitors are even in an MLS. )
What to Look for in a Realtor: Here’s my thing… I think that if your house is listed and the photos look good and your pricing is within reason you are going to get showings regardless of who is listing your house. In all my years of experience, I’ve talked to hundreds of sellers, and the most important thing they want is frequent and honest communication. Sure, sometimes I don’t have good news to tell them. But feedback after showing is important, market changes are important, any pricing changes to your competition is important. Just to hear from their agent is important. Ask around for references for which agent to help you!
There you have it! I hope these tips make your life just a little easier as you prepare to sell your home. A call to Advantage Real Estate, or a referral to one of our agents is much appreciated! 660-263-3393