1. Don’t Rush To List Your Home For Sale
To get your home sold fast, don’t think you need to list if for sale right away. Ideally, when your home is on the market, it will be in good order and your real estate team will have all the marketing materials ready. With that in mind, choose a date in the future to list your home for sale and work backward from that date.
2. Make Necessary Home Improvements
It will cost you less out of pocket to make repairs before your home is on the market. When a buyer sees a home in disrepair, they will take it into consideration during the negotiating process — either with a low offer or they will ask for a credit during the inspection period.
3. Declutter, Depersonalize and Clean
Clutter eats equity and kills deals. One of the least expensive improvements you can make to your home is to declutter and create a sense of spaciousness throughout. From crowded countertops, to overstuffed closets, to photo-lined shelves, it costs you little to nothing to remove those items, yet it can reap big financial rewards.
While your home is probably very comfortable for your lifestyle, chances are it’s not ready for buyers. Work with your Realtor to get ideas of how to make your home showroom-ready. For tips on staging that will help get your home sold fast, check out our article Staging Your Fort Lauderdale Luxury Home.
5. Check Your Curb Appeal
First impressions of your home, whether in pictures or in person, start on the outside. Make sure your home’s appeal extends from the inside to the outside by getting your lawn in shape, trimming bushes, refreshing sod, planting flowers and removing dead leaves. An unkempt yard takes away from a home’s overall appearance and could turn away potential buyers before they enter the front door.
6. Choose The Best Real Estate Team
It’s important to choose the best Fort Lauderdale Realtor and real estate brokerage to represent you. There are many choices in the area, but few will have what it takes to get your home sold for the most money and in the least amount of time.
You want an agent with sales and negotiating expertise, marketing resources, and a brokerage that has local, national and international reach. We put together a few key questions to include in your agent interviews in an article we wrote titled Choosing The Best Fort Lauderdale Real Estate Agent To Sell Your Home.
7. Demand Professional Photography
Professional photography can make the difference between a home that attracts buyers online and in print, and one that languishes on the market. A good real estate agent knows this and will invest in hiring a professional photographer. Beware of agents that offer to photograph your home with their mobile phone.
8. Price It Right
When choosing a listing agent, you may be tempted to pick the agent who suggests the highest price for your property. Ultimately, the price your home sells for will be determined by the market. How quickly you find a buyer will depend on how well you price your home. Price it too high and you will be attracting fewer potential buyers. Price it too low and you might be losing money.
To determine the best price, a great agent will share similar homes that have sold in your neighborhood. In addition, he or she should also share similar homes currently on the market, as well as pending sales and market trends. For more tips, check out Pricing A Home To Sell.
9. Have A Plan For Showings
When your agent contacts you requesting to show your home to potential buyers, it can be both exciting and stressful. The timing never seems to be right and you might feel overwhelmed with the thought of getting your home in order. That’s why it’s important to have a plan!
At this point, your home should already be de-cluttered and staged, so you shouldn’t have much to do. Before a showing:
- make sure dishes are washed and put away.
- make all beds.
- put away clothing. Try to make sure the washing machine and dryer are empty, so potential buyers can inspect the equipment.
- vacuum, sweep and dust.
- wipe down all counters, sinks, tubs and appliances.
- replace towels with clean sets.
- leave the property.
10. Negotiate The Best Price
Too many sellers take negotiating personally and lose out on creating a win-win deal. Remember, this is a business transaction – perhaps one of the biggest in your life. Take your ego out of the equation and put your head back into it.
There you have it, our 10 Tips To Get Your Home Sold Fast For Top Dollar! Be sure to avoid common Home Selling Mistakes. If you have real estate questions or need help selling your home, contact us and experience the Luxury Living Fort Lauderdale difference — you deserve nothing less!