With the current low housing inventory driving up buyer competition, most homeowners are finding themselves in a great position to sell! This strong sellers market gives homeowners amazing leverage to sell for the best possible terms, including higher home prices.
It’s no secret that houses are selling quickly in this hot market. As we have shared on our social media, the Kent County market analytics demonstrates that sales are up almost 16% from last year, with an average 10 day turn around! According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), homes nationwide are typically on the market for just a mere 18 days.
Even with the speed and opportunity for sellers, there are still steps that you can take to prep your house so that you can get the greatest possible return.
1. Make Buyers Feel at Home
One of the ways to help others envision themselves in your space is by decluttering. Pack away any personal items like pictures, awards, and sentimental belongings. The more neutral and tidy the space, the easier it is for a buyer to picture themselves living there. Yes, we know it’s hard to put away those adorable toothless pictures of your children or the nicknacks handed down in the family, but think of it this way, you’re moving and getting a head start on packing!!
According to the 2021 Profile of Home Staging by NAR, “82% of buyers’ agents said staging a home made it easier for a buyer to visualize the property as a future home.” So, not only will this help to attract the attention of more buyers, which will likely result in a quicker sale, but it’s also been reported that home value were raised between 6% to 10% with home www.
2. Keep It Clean
On top of making an effort to declutter, it’s important to keep your house neat and clean. Before a buyer stops by, be sure to pick up toys, make the beds, and wash the dishes. This is one more way to reduce the number of things that can distract a buyer from the appeal of the home. Remember, there is only one opportunity to make a first impression and it should be of how well your home shows, not your dirty laundry.
Speaking of laundry, ensure your home smells fresh and clean, as well. Buyers will remember the smell of your house, and according to the same report from NAR, the kitchen is one of the most important rooms of the house to focus on if you want to attract more buyers.
3. Give Buyers Access
Buyers are more likely to make an offer on your house if they are able to easily schedule a time to check it out. If your home is available anytime, it opens up more opportunities for multiple buyers to go from curious to eager. It also allows buyers on tight schedules to get in to see your house. We know that having to rearrange your schedule for showings can be inconvenient, but know that this is temporary and each showing gets you closer to your end goal of having that sold sign in your front yard.
4. Price It Right
Even in a sellers’ market, it’s crucial to set your house at the right price to maximize selling potential. Pricing your house too high is actually a detriment to the sale. This may seem counterintuitive to not price as high as you think you can get, but the goal is to drive high attention from competing buyers and let bidding wars push the final sales price up. By having an expert on your side to help you determine the best list price, you have the advantage for a quicker sale. This is where the Ginger Baxter Group can give you time saving support.
If you want to sell on your terms, in the least amount of time, and for the best price, today’s market sets the stage to make that happen.
Let’s connect today to determine the best ways to maximize the sale of your house this year.