Here are a few things that you might overlook when you put your house up for sale.
Let’s face it. There are a lot of things that go into selling a home and sometimes, despite your best effort, things fall between the cracks. Trust me, we get it. From finding a realtor, to doing touch-ups, staging and many more. We know the struggle is real.
That being said, go ahead and grab a pen and paper and list down these 7 to-do’s people who know better than we do have identified to help ease the already stressful experience of selling your home.
Task 1: Make sure your doorbell is working.
The most common thing people forget is usually the simplest. Giving attention to little things like making sure your doorbell works could become a pivotal point in your home sale. Remember that first impressions make all the difference. If a potential buyer sees that you can’t even be bothered to repair a broken doorbell, there’s a good chance they’re going to think more things need repair and thus tarnishing their impression of your listing.
Task 2: Know your Agent.
In life, a lot of things need a perfect match. You and your real estate agent are one of those pairings that need to be perfect. It’s worth taking extra steps to find the best agent for you. Ask friends for recommendations.
Check that the people you’re considering have a current real estate license—with no complaints filed against them. Meet with the agent and reach out to a few of their references directly.
Here are a few questions that might help with your decision to find the best real estate agent for you:
Did your agent communicate well and keep you informed during the entire transaction?
Did your agent have good vendors who could assist you?
Did you have confidence in your real estate agent?
Did your agent returned calls/emails in a timely fashion?
Do you think that he/she negotiated well on your behalf?
Do you think he/she had good knowledge of the local market?
Would you recommend this person? Why? (Or why not?)
Task 3: Look your address up online.
Very few sellers google their property. It’s not common practice but it should be. Keep in mind that according to the National Association of Realtors, 90% of all buyers search online during their house hunting. Being aware and taking hold of your property’s online presence will greatly influence the kinds of concerns your potential buyers will have.
In addition, make sure the Google Map’s street view of your property shows the latest improvements you’ve made or your property might be viewed less because of an easily fixable misconception.
Task 4: Tidy up and organize.
Deep cleaning isn’t just for your face, it will do your house a lot of good too. Be sure to sweep up and scrub all surfaces to a shine. You’re not done until dust, crumbs, and creepy crawlies are cleaned out from within the small spaces too.
Be warned that potential buyers are going to poke around inside closets, drawers, cabinets, ovens, refrigerators, and even the dishwasher, whether they’re cleaned or not—so you’d better make sure they are clean.
Task 5: Take note of and disclose issues and improvements
Disclosing details including a list of all the issues you’ve had and solved during your ownership of the home is extremely beneficial in avoiding a lawsuit after the sale. Problems like chimney fires, sewer lines or tanks, radon remediation, leaky skylights, water damage or flooding are some of the things worth mentioning, as well as improvements such as re-grading or adding a French drain system.
Task 6: Be clear about sale inclusions
Making a list or labeling items that go with the house is a sure-fire way to avoid having buyers fall in-love with items that you don’t want to part with in the sale. This can be a cause for them to rescind their offer on your listing.
Task 7: Always opt to advertise on social media
What you want is an agent that uses all avenues to attract the right buyer for your home. You’re never fully ready unless have a social media marketing plan that includes video tours, photo galleries and floor plans promoted on different social media platforms, including your agent’s website.
You staged your home beautifully, picked a competitive price, listed the property and finally, make sure your home has an online presence on your agent’s website, their agency’s website, and is promoted on various sites that will market the home and give information about open houses.