So you’ve decided it’s time to make a move and put your house on the market. How exciting! Hopefully, you’ve brought a rockin’ Advantage Real Estate
REALTOR® on board to help you list your property. Remember, we are the ONLY agency in Moberly, MO with membership in TWO Multiple Listing Services (MLS’s). As you start checking things off your to-do list to get your property ready, it’s also important to pay mind of what not to do. Below are a handful of things to get you started.
As you ready your home for sale, you may realize you will get a great return on your investment if you make a couple of changes. Updating the appliances or replacing that cracked cabinet in the bathroom are all great ideas. However, it’s important not to over-improve. Perhaps the prospective buyers for your house are family oriented and want a basement space for their kids to play in? Some may want an unfinished basement that’s used for storage and storms. Make any needed fixes to your space, and for sure make sure it’s super clean, but don’t go above and beyond—you may lose money doing so.
Over-decorating is just as bad as over-improving. You may love the look of lace and lavender, but your potential buyer may enter your home and cringe. When prepping for sale, neutralize your decorating scheme so it’s more universally palatable.
Don’t hang around.
Your agent calls to let you know they will be bringing buyers by this afternoon. Great! You rally your whole family, Fluffy the dog included, to be waiting at the door with fresh baked cookies and big smiles. Right? Wrong. Buyers want to imagine themselves in your space, not be confronted by you in your space. Trust, it’s awkward for them to go about judging your home while you stand in the corner smiling like a maniac. Get out of the house, take the kids with you, and if you can’t leave for whatever reason, at least go sit in the backyard. (On the other hand, if you’re buying a home and not selling, then making it personal is the way to go, especially when writing your offer letter. Pull those heart strings!)
Don’t take things personally.
Real estate is a business, but buying and selling homes is very, very emotional. However, when selling your homes, try your very best not to take things personally. When a buyer low balls you or says they will need to replace your prized 1970s vintage shag carpet with something “more modern,” try not to raise your hackles.
We’re here to help you! Let’s talk about the market, what to expect during the process, and what we can do FOR you to take some of the pressure out of the process. Contact Advantage Real Estate today! We’re selling Randolph County (and surrounding counties) one yard at a time…